Month: December 2016

Foggy winters and health

On cold winter mornings, you may find the view from your window completely restricted by the cloud like formations that are dense, wispy and nearly opaque. This phenomenon is what meteorologists have come to refer to as ‘Fog’. Scientifically speaking, fog is nothing more than evaporated water droplets and ice crystals that are suspended near the surface of the earth. The constituents of both fog and clouds are nearly the same. Fog in itself can cause severe depletion in visibility resulting in the halt of many human activities, especially those related to transportation and mobility. However, the larger, more detrimental effects of fog are seen on people’s health when it mixes with the smoke and pollution in the air to form what is known as Smog.


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5 secretly healthy foods for pregnancy

Below mentioned foods are loaded with delicious flavors and pregnancy friendly ingredients, to keep you involved in this festive season. So go ahead mommy to be and indulge.

Watermelon or other melon with a squeeze of lime

Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’ll help you stay hydrated during pregnancy while also providing a sweet treat. And each cup of diced watermelon has 170 mg of potassium approximately. You can also make homemade watermelon juice by blending it with some fresh lime squeeze and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Then just chill and sip!

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Tips for mom’s to be to enjoy New Years.

New Year being around the corner, this is what pregnant ladies could do to enjoy the festive season.

  • Comfortable clothes Try wearing maternity clothing to avoid being uncomfortable while shopping for the festival. Wear something that will support your belly to make the shopping last much longer.


  • No alcohol: Enjoy a glass of something refreshing and sparkly drink instead of alcohol. Mixing up some of the ginger, mint and lime sparkler not only tastes good but sparkles your taste buds as well.

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Struggling to have a second child ?

A study carried out by Aster DM Healthcare mentioned that one in five couples in the UAE face fertility issues – a higher figure than in other parts of the world. Statistics also show that in Dubai alone the incidence of infertile women seeking treatment per year could nearly double from 5,975 cases in 2015 to 9,139 cases by 2030. Both primary and secondary infertility are very real and very serious disorders affecting population of  UAE.

Primary fertility refers to the inability of a couple to conceive a child naturally and it affects both men and women equally.

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Dealing with stress during pregnancy

It is completely normal to feel some amount of stress during pregnancy, primarily because of the uncertainty that might come into play the first time you become pregnant. But if the stress and anxiety become constant, the effects on you and your baby could be lasting.

When you’re stressed, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode, sending out a burst of cortisol and other stress hormones. These are the same hormones that surge when you are in danger and they prepare you to run by sending a blast of fuel to your muscles and making your heart pump faster. In fact, constant stress could alter your body’s stress management system, causing it to overreact and trigger an inflammatory response. And inflammation, in turn, has been linked to poorer pregnancy health and developmental problems in babies down the road. Chronic stress may also contribute to subtle differences in brain development that might lead to behavioural issues as the baby grows.

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Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Prior to getting pregnant, women must ensure that they are taking the utmost care of their physical and mental health. The very first step in pre-pregnancy healthcare management becomes the consumption of a balanced and nutritious diet. A balanced diet would generally contain 5-6 servings of fruits vegetables every day, as well as plenty of whole grains and foods that are high in calcium – like milk, calcium-fortified foods, and yogurt – along with a  variety of protein sources, such as pulses and legume, soy products, poultry, meats, and an amount of healthy fats such as nuts and seeds.

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Increasing number of patients with GERD being defected, Say Experts from Aster Hospital and Clinic

Local experts urge early detection of GERD symptoms – a chronic digestive disease and encourage seeking appropriate medical attention to improve quality of life

  • On the occasion of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week, Aster Hospital and Clinic initiates a nationwide programme to increase awareness of symptoms and treatment in order to alleviate discomfort for people suffering from the disease.
  • Specialists at Aster Hospital and Clinic are receiving an increasing number of patients with this condition, with symptoms persisting for months. They often receive 2 to 3 patients a day with GERD. In the last 1.8 years, they have treated around 320 patients with the condition.
  • According to a 2014 report, by Emirates Gastroenterology Society, around 30% of the population in the UAE suffers from GERD .

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Obesity and GERD – A heavy load indeed

As per WHO reports, at least 2.8 million people die every year from being overweight or obese. According to revelations of a health study, more than 35% men and over 30% women in Dubai are overweight with a total 12% being obese. Obesity is on the rise in the UAE and also globally, studies report that the rate of obesity in UAE is double the world average.

This is a rather substantial issue in the UAE that only seems to be getting worse. Many point to the lifestyles in UAE as a major contributor of this health condition. Easily accessible fast foods, long working hours, lack of any physical activity etc. are leading contributors to the rising numbers. BMI or body mass index is the measure of obesity that is calculated using a person’s height and weight. A BMI of 20-25 is considered healthy, BMI greater than 25 is considered overweight and greater than 30 is considered obese. An obese individual may be more prone to major health issues like conditions of the heart, breathing problems, diabetes, knee and joint pains, difficulty in walking, GERD etc.

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Bad breath, a silent symptom of GERD

If regular brushing, flossing and popping innumerable breath mints does not work for bad breath, it is time to realise that the problem is deeper and beyond the mouth. GERD has a definite link to bad breath which is a rather embarrassing problem, causes for which sometimes can be medical.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, better known as GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when the acids of the stomach generally flow back into the food pipe or esophagus, this reaction irritates the esophagus hence causing GERD. The acid moving back into the esophagus may cause a burning sensation, discomfort and tissue damage. With reflux, an enzyme called ‘pepsin’ enters the throat which causes unpleasant breath.

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The link between GERD and Fatty liver

According to research done by the Emirates Gastroenterology Society, UAE is on the list of countries that are severely affected by GERD. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD is a chronic digestive disorder affecting around 3 million people in the U.A.E today.

GERD is a condition in which the stomach acid or occasionally, contents from the stomach, flow back into the food pipe (esophagus). The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes GERD. The most common indication of having developed this condition is the presence of heart burn. Other symptoms include chest pain, difficulty in swallowing, dry cough, hoarseness of voice or a sore throat and the sensation of having a lump in the throat.

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