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GERD Guide for the Holiday Season


Although heartburn or GERD occurs in different people differently, certain food and drinks can trigger heartburn or worsen the existing condition and it is best to avoid such food items. There is no one size fits all treatment for GERD patients when it comes to avoiding certain foods and making lifestyle changes.

As the upcoming holiday season promises to bring with it lots of parties, feasts and scrumptious buffets, it could also result in binge eating and drinking, irregular meal intakes and late meals. Dr. Amal Upadhyay, Consultant Gastroenterology, Aster Hospital Mankhool shares a few tips to reduce GERD symptoms this festive season:

1. Avoid overeating and avoid sleeping with a full stomach, eating meals at least 2 or 3 hours before going to bed will give the food enough time to digest. So schedule those buffets early. Continue reading “GERD Guide for the Holiday Season”

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Ramadan and Diabetes Management


Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.

Ideally, in case of diabetes fasting is not allowed. However during Ramadan, if you really like to keep fast, following guidelines will help you.

Lower risk – Healthy individual with hba1c lower range than 7.0% and treated with oral medications. May choose to fast but observe the body changes.

Moderate risk – Healthy individual with hba1c lower range at 8.0% and treated with oral medications. May choose to fast but always take precautions. Continue reading “Ramadan and Diabetes Management”

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Quit Before it Kills


Smoking is currently on the rise in the UAE and the Middle East. The World Conference on Tobacco revealed that the growing popularity of sheesha is a leading factor causing an increase in the number of smokers.

Prevalence of tobacco use including smoking cigarettes, cigars, water pipe (sheesha) and even Medwakh is high in the region. The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conducted a survey in 2011 to assess the risk of smoking in the country. The results revealed that 19.2% of men and 3.5% of women smoked cigarettes. As per the WHO, 6 million people die every year because of tobacco usage, which accounts to 1 person in every six seconds.2

Continue reading “Quit Before it Kills”

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