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General Wellness

Weight Management

Weight management, specifically weight loss, refers to the process of reducing body weight through a combination of diet and exercise. It can be beneficial for overall health, especially for individuals who are have a high BMI.

The most effective way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit by consuming fewer calories than you burn. This can be achieved through a combination of a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

Some tips for safe and effective weight loss include:

  1. Eat a healthy, balanced diet: Consume a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
  2. Reduce calorie intake: Reduce calorie intake by limiting portion sizes and avoiding high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sugar foods and drinks.  A dietician or healthcare professional may be engaged to develop a customised plan.
  3. Engage in regular physical activity: Exercise regularly, aiming for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
  4. Get enough sleep: Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night, as lack of sleep can lead to weight gain.

It is important to approach weight loss in a safe and sustainable way, as rapid weight loss can have negative health consequences. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting a new diet or exercise program.

Nutritional assessment

Nutritional assessment is a process of evaluating a person’s nutritional status to identify any nutritional deficiencies or excesses, and to develop a plan to address any issues identified. Nutritional assessment can be done through a combination of different methods, including:

  1. Dietary assessment: This involves evaluating a person’s dietary intake to determine if they are meeting their nutrient needs. This can be done through methods such as food diaries, food frequency questionnaires, or 24-hour dietary recalls.
  2. Anthropometric assessment: This involves measuring a person’s height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and other body composition parameters such as skinfold thickness, waist circumference, or bioelectrical impedance.
  3. Biochemical assessment: This involves measuring specific nutrients or biomarkers in blood, urine, or other bodily fluids to determine a person’s nutrient status.
  4. Clinical assessment: This involves evaluating physical signs and symptoms associated with nutrient deficiencies or excesses, such as dry skin or hair loss.
  5. Medical and lifestyle history: This includes gathering information about medical history, medications, and lifestyle factors such as smoking or alcohol use, which may affect a person’s nutritional status.

A comprehensive nutritional assessment can provide valuable information to develop an individualized nutrition plan tailored to a person’s specific needs and goals. It is recommended that individuals with nutritional concerns consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian to perform a nutritional assessment and develop an appropriate plan.

We are able to offer a comprehensive biochemical assessment for you without performing any teleconsultation with our doctors.  Our doctors can review the results with you and make recommendations or suggest treatment options.

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Hair & Skin

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can have many causes, including genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, certain medications, medical conditions, and lifestyle factors.

Some of the most common causes of hair loss include:

  1. Genetics: Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are genetic conditions that can cause hair loss.
  2. Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes due to pregnancy, menopause, thyroid problems, and hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss.
  3. Medical conditions: Medical conditions like scalp infections, autoimmune disorders, and alopecia areata can cause hair loss.
  4. Medications: Some medications used to treat cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, and high blood pressure can cause hair loss.
  5. Nutritional deficiencies: A diet lacking in protein, iron, and other essential nutrients can cause hair loss.
  6. Stress: Stress can cause temporary hair loss, especially if it is chronic.

Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. In some cases, hair may grow back on its own without treatment. In other cases, medication, hair transplants, or other treatments may be necessary. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of hair loss and the best course of treatment.

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Women’s Health

Women’s health refers to the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of women. It encompasses a range of issues, including reproductive health, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and the prevention and treatment of illnesses and conditions that affect women.

Reproductive health is a key component of women’s health. It includes regular gynecological exams, Pap tests, and mammograms to detect any abnormalities or diseases early on. Women should also practice safe sex and use contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Menstruation is a normal bodily function that occurs in women of reproductive age. It’s important to maintain good hygiene practices during this time, such as changing tampons and pads regularly and practicing proper genital hygiene.

Pregnancy is a significant event in a woman’s life. It’s important for women to start taking prenatal vitamins and maintain a healthy lifestyle if they’re planning to conceive. Regular prenatal checkups and ultrasounds are necessary to ensure a healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy, women should also avoid certain foods and substances that may harm the fetus.

Menopause is a natural process that occurs when a woman’s menstrual cycle stops permanently. It can cause physical and emotional changes, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Women can manage these symptoms with hormone therapy or other treatments.

In addition to these specific areas of women’s health, it’s important for women to prioritize their overall health and wellbeing. This includes maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, managing stress, and getting enough sleep. Women should also schedule regular checkups with their healthcare provider to stay on top of any potential health issues.

It’s important to note that every woman’s body is unique, and what works for one woman may not work for another. Therefore, it’s important for women to consult a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and treatment. By prioritizing their health and wellbeing, women can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

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Men’s Health

Men’s health refers to the overall well-being and physical, mental, and emotional health of males. It encompasses a wide range of issues, including physical fitness, nutrition, mental health, sexual health, and disease prevention. It is essential for men to prioritize their health to maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

Physical fitness is an important aspect of men’s health. Regular exercise, such as strength training, cardiovascular workouts, and flexibility exercises, can help men maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and reduce their risk of chronic diseases. It is recommended that men engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week, to maintain optimal health.

Nutrition is also a crucial component of men’s health. A healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help men maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic diseases, and improve their overall well-being. Men should limit their intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugars, which can increase their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Mental health is equally important for men’s overall well-being. Mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, are common among men and can significantly impact their quality of life. Men should seek professional help if they experience symptoms of a mental health disorder, such as persistent sadness, irritability, or loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed.

Sexual health is another aspect of men’s health that should not be overlooked. Men should practice safe sex, get regular STI screenings, and talk to their healthcare provider about any concerns they have regarding their sexual health.

Preventive health measures, such as regular check-ups and screenings, can also help men maintain optimal health. Men should have regular physical exams, blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, and cancer screenings, depending on their age and risk factors.

In conclusion, men’s health is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach. By prioritizing physical fitness, nutrition, mental health, sexual health, and preventive health measures, men can maintain optimal health and live a fulfilling life. It is essential for men to take an active role in their health by seeking professional help when necessary, practicing safe sex, and making healthy lifestyle choices.

MAN-o-pause: What is Andropause, exactly?

Just as women face menopause, men face a similar situation where the production of sex hormones in our bodies naturally and gradually decreases with age. In men, such a condition is known as andropause.

Andropause

For most of us, Andropause is a matter of “when” and not “if”. Andropause can begin in the fourth decade of life, affecting about 5% of men. Andropause then progresses to affect 30% in their 50s, and 45% of men in their 60s. This figure rises exponentially to 70% and 90% for men in their 70s and 80s, respectively.

Could I be going through Andropause?

The symptoms of Andropause become more severe over time.

Initially, when testosterone levels are low…

As Andropause progresses due to persistently low testosterone levels, the following physical symptoms manifest:

What you can do

Committing to lifestyle changes to control weight will help to improve the treatment of such chronic conditions, and slow the progress of Andropause.

Furthermore, maintaining good control of your chronic condition and weight will reduce the risks of heart conditions and stroke.

At the same time, see a doctor, who can then concentrate on managing your sexual health, addressing any signs of erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, or lack of libido. Your doctor may also recommend Testosterone Replacement Therapy to improve this condition.

How do I know if I have low testosterone level or hormonal imbalances?

The only way is to check through blood tests the various hormones that may be the cause of the various symptoms listed above. You should also consider consulting a doctor to understand further and what treatment options there are.