Monday, October 17, 2011

Exercise to keep fit.

Healthy adults should make it a practice to engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week, according to medical experts. Moderate physical activity means conversations are still possible while exercising. Alternatively, people can also train intensely for 20 minutes, three times a week. Trained fitness specialists have come up with the precise exercise recommendations for healthy adults.

Along with the exercise, a regular stretching program is also recommended. Ten repetitions of eight to 10 different exercises twice a week are considered best. All major muscle groups should be included.

The prescribed time periods can also be spread out over the day, though each period should be at least 10 minutes. The regular activity should lessen the chance of metabolic problems and other illnesses.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Diabetes and Kidney Failures

Did you know that diabetes affects the kidney? Diabetic nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease) is one of the important specific complications of diabetes. Around 30 to 50 percent of people with kidney failure are diabetics.

Uncontrolled high blood sugar for long period of time produces functional and later structural changes in the kidneys. But it is very unfortunate that the changes occurring in kidneys are not clinically obvious to the  doctor.  The symptom the patient shows is until the kidney function is severely affected and the disease has reached an irreversible stage. One way of  detecting early kidney damage in diabetes is through urine test. Presence of albumin leak in urine is called albuminuria of proteinuria.

In routine urine examination will detect albuminuria. However, as there are no symptoms this is not given any clinical importance and often goes unnoticed without medical care. Albumunuria is a symptom of early diabetic kidney disease. Aggressive treatment should start at this time and the progression of the kidney damage could be delayed or arrested.

Most research studies have shown that adequate and long-term control of blood sugar, blood pressure and nutritional changes can help in preventing kidney disease. However, the efforts should start early in the life of people with diabetes. New classes of drugs used for treatment of hypertension are called angiotension-converting enzyme inhibitors. These agents were originally invented and used for treatment of hypertension. But they were found to be beneficial in preventing kidney disease in persons with diabetes, especially in patients who have albuminuria.

Other than the specific diabetes kidney disease, people with diabetes are also more prone to urinary tract infections. Chronic recurrent urinary tract infection is more common due to high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can also affect the nerves supplying the urinary bladder and produce abnormal bladder function (diabetes ystopathy). This can lead to deficient urinary evacuation and urinary retention. Therefore prevention of infections also helps in preventing kidney damage in diabetes.

So, remember, if you are a diabetic then have urine examination for albumin periodically to detect kidney disease.

Courtesy : The Hindu

Friday, September 30, 2011

Health Tips - how to control diabetes and maintain a healthy kidney

I think you should  know that diabetes affects the kidney.   Diabetic kidney disease, also known as Diabetic nephropathy, is one of the key specific complication of diabetes.  Thirty to Fifty percent of people who had kidney failure are found to be diabetic.

Blood sugar if not controlled and if it grows high, over a period of time, produces functional and later structural changes in the kidneys. But the unfortunate fact is, the changes that occur in the kidney is not clinically visible or traceable to the treating doctor. Only when the kidney function is severely affected and the disease has reached an irreversible stage, the symptoms are shown in the patient.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nutrition Tips: No need to say "No"


Coconut is wholesome. Every part of it can be used. Coconut has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that can be useful to the body.


Groundnuts has antioxidants which very few plants have and it is called reservetol. It has properties that can burn the stubborn fat in your bodies. Eating some peanuts will keep the heart healthy. It helps you mobilise the fat deposited areas that needs to be worked on.


Rice is a must-have. Grown regionally, eat rice as it has methionine needed for lustrous hair. If you are dieting and cutting out rice, you will notice how the diet leads to hairfall. Always check for rice with red lines on them. That is the rice you should be eating.


Always add ghee in your food. Ghee or clarified butter increases the immunity needed in a body. It should be an integral part of your diet as it increases the flexibility needed for bones. It is also an important anti-ageing agent. Make it at home to avoid impuritie