Obesity: Overcome the Epidemic

Obesity is an epidemic that is affecting more people everyday. In India alone, obesity affects 20 million women and 9.8 million men. It is expected that by 2025, 17 million children will suffer from obesity.

These statistics are frightening but making active changes in your lifestyle can bring a positive change in your own life.

Drop the Calories

When it comes to making dietary changes to manage your obesity, cutting out high-calorie foods is the first step to managing obesity. Processed foods as well as fast food cooked in fat are a large source of calories in our diet. Controlling your portion sizes is seen as another effective way to control the amount of food (and calories) that you consume.

Get Physical

A healthy diet isn’t enough to keep obesity in check. A minimum physical exercise of just 30 minutes a day is enough to improve the body’s metabolism. Being more active in your daily routine is a good way to keep the body working and burning the calories. Developing a habit of exercise and physical activity is a good way of maintaining your weight and keeping obesity at bay.

Think Long-term

Fighting obesity is a long-term endeavour that will take continuous effort to see results. An active commitment towards a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and regular physical activity is an effective way to keep obesity in check while also cutting down the risk of developing other illnesses. Utilizing a weighing scale will allow you to monitor your weight and stay committed to your healthy lifestyle to stay obesity-free.

How to Manage High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure poses significant health risks. Once diagnosed, there are changes you can make in your lifestyle that can help reduce your blood pressure and maintain it at healthy levels.

 Weight Reduction

Weight has a significant bearing on your blood pressure, being overweight increases the chances for health complications that contribute to a higher blood pressure. Losing weight is recommended as an extremely effective way to reduce blood pressure as every kilogram reduced will reduce blood pressure by 1 mm Hg.

Regular Exercise

A sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to high blood pressure. It is recommended that undertaking 30 minutes of aerobic exercise goes a long way to help reduce blood pressure by up to 5-8 mm Hg. Exercising should be done regularly and consistently to maintain a healthy blood pressure

Stress Management

Stress plays a major role in increased blood pressure as it causes the heart to beat faster and narrowing of the blood vessels. Occasional stress doesn’t contribute much to high blood pressure, but if the stress is experienced continuously, it increases blood pressure significantly. Managing stress varies from person to person, so identifying the stress triggers that affect you and acting on it can help you reduce stress.

Healthy Diet

A healthy diet can always help in lowering of blood pressure by up to 11 mm Hg. Cutting out saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet while eating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are a great step to keep your blood pressure in check.

Reduction in intake of sodium and alcohol

Reducing sodium in your diet is recommended when it comes to managing blood pressure. Reducing processed food and choosing low-sodium foods and beverages is a step towards a healthy heart and blood pressure.

Drinking alcohol in moderation actually has potential benefits for reducing blood pressure depending on your body immunity. However, drinking too much alcohol will always lead to increase in blood pressure, while also reducing the effectiveness of blood pressure medications.

 

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it is recommended to regularly get a health checkup at the clinic. Your doctor will be better able to prescribe medication that is suited to your particular ailment. Additionally, it is also recommended to regularly monitor your blood pressure at home using a BP Monitor. This will allow you to track your blood pressure over time while also providing your doctor with the information they need for an accurate diagnosis.

Premature Infant Care

Caring for premature babies requires a lot more attention on their nurturing, to allow them to grow and develop in the same way as a regular infant.

During Pregnancy

During  pregnancy, special care needs  to be provided to mothers to ensure the safety, the mother and the child’s health.

  • Women expecting premature babies are recommended to deliver at a health facility which  can provide advanced neonatal care.
  • If labor occurs before 34 weeks of pregnancy, the woman is recommended to consult her doctor to receive steroid injections to promote the development of the baby’s lungs.

After Pregnancy

After birth, premature babies are kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), equipped with infant warmers and infant incubators.

  • Premature babies need to be protected against all infections. Medical examinations and procedures should only be performed when necessary and in an infant warmer.
  • Warmth is essential for premature babies. It is recommended babies be dried thoroughly and placed on their mother’s abdomen for a skin-to-skin contact.
  • Much like normal babies, it is recommended that premature babies also be breastfed as soon as possible after birth to ensure they receive natural nutrition.
  • Babies with serious health conditions are recommended to be placed in an infant incubator where they can receive the appropriate warmth and care to develop and grow.

Precautions against Health Effects of Air Pollution

Urban cities are plagued by ever-increasing levels of air pollution. Emissions from vehicles and factories as well as the increasing amount of particulate matter in the air are posing a dangerous threat to health.

Breathing polluted air can cause a number of short-term, visible symptoms. The severity of the symptoms varies depending on the individual’s sensitivity to pollutants. Those exposed to polluted air can show symptoms such as:

  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing caused by irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract
  • Shortness of breath during physical activity

Air pollution can also cause serious health complications, especially affecting the respiratory system:

  • Chronic lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels
  • Lung cancer

Precautions

As air pollution cannot be completely avoided, taking appropriate precautions can reduce the chances of developing health complications as a result of of pollution.

  • Verify the air quality in your area: Before leaving, check the air quality index of the area you plan on visiting. This will allow you to make an informed decision regarding your outdoor plans.
  • Maintain good indoor air quality: Fine particulate matter can still be present indoors, posing a danger to the overall health of you and your family. An indoor air purifier, such as BPL Medical Technologies’ air purifiers, filter the air of particulate matter using HEPA filters, providing a safe to breathe air indoors.
  • Stay prepared: Always carry medication if you are suffering from medical conditions such as asthma that are worsened by pollution. Nebulizers such as BPL BreathEzee nebulizers are ideal devices to ensure that the medication is delivered properly.

Swine Flu: Symptoms and Treatment

Swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, is a type of influenza virus that usually spread among pigs but in recent years has spread to humans as well. The flu is spread in much the same way as seasonal influenza. The virus spreads when the person infected with virus coughs or sneezes, releasing the virus into the air. Coming into direct contact with the infected person or any surface they have come into contact with is the only way to get infected yourself.

Symptoms

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal influenza. These include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Swine flu also has the potential to cause worse illnesses such as pneumonia and may cause complications for those suffering from diabetes or asthma. A test conducted by a doctor is the only way to accurately diagnose swine flu. However, in most cases, a test is not required as a healthy body is capable of fighting the virus on its own. Only pregnant women, children below the age of 5, and people above the age of 65 are at particular risk from being infected with swine flu and should get tested as soon as symptoms are detected.

Treatment

The treatment for swine flu is similar to the treatment for seasonal influenza. Drugs like oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir, and zanamivir are effective against swine flu. Other over-the-counter drugs for body pains can also be taken to alleviate the symptoms.

Regular vaccination against all forms of flu viruses is also recommended as it introduces the antibodies required to deal with the flu-causing viruses such as that of swine flu.

Washing hands regularly and reducing contact with the eyes and mouth are essential precautions to take to prevent the spread of swine flu. At the same time, avoiding those who are sick is another good precaution to take. Using infrared thermometers such as BPL Accudigit infrared thermometers allow monitoring of fever in a contact-less manner, thus reducing contact with those who are sick with swine flu.

Breast Cancer: Risks

Breast cancer is a disease that affects one in eight women during their lifetime. Like most cancers, breast cancer develops due to damaged DNA within the cells causing mutations. These mutated cells then develop into lumps known as tumours. When malignant tumours develop in the breast, it is diagnosed as breast cancer.

Being aware of the risks of breast cancer is important to an early diagnosis and timely treatment.

Breast Cancer Risks

Genetic Risks

  • Age: Women at the age of 40 or above are at an increased risk to breast cancer.
  • Family History and Genetic Factors: If an immediate family member or close relative has been diagnosed of breast cancer, the chances of developing breast cancer in the future are high.
  • Personal Health History: If breast cancer has been diagnosed in one breast, the chances of developing cancer in the other breast becomes high.
  • Menstrual and Reproductive History: The risk of breast cancer increases, if menstruation occurs at an early age (before 12 years), if menopause occurs late (after 55 years of age), having the first child at an older age, or never giving birth etc.

Environmental and Lifestyle Risks

  • Lack of Physical Activity: A lifestyle with low amounts of physical exercise can increase the risk to breast cancer.
  • Poor Diet: A diet deficient of vital vitamins and minerals and high in saturated fat increases the risk to breast cancer.
  • Being Overweight or Obese: Obesity also increases the risk of developing breast cancer, with the risks being higher if menopause has already occurred.
  • Drinking Alcohol: High alcohol consumption can also increase the risk to breast cancer.
  • Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): A combined hormone replacement therapy taken under prescription for menopause, increases the risk to breast cancer developing while also increasing the risk of cancer being detected at a more advanced stage.

While genetic risk factors cannot be avoided or actively treated, environmental risks can be greatly reduced. Following a healthy lifestyle with plenty of physical activity and a healthy diet are important steps to take to prevent breast cancer.

Seasonal Influenza: Symptoms and Prevention

Seasonal Influenza (flu) viruses are diagnosed throughout the year but are most common between fall and winter. It is easily contracted by any individual, but young children and elderly people tend to be most susceptible. Easily and rapidly transmitted through contact, crowded areas such as schools and public transport are ideal places for contracting the flu.

Symptoms

In most cases the symptoms of seasonal influenza are quite similar:

  • Common characteristics are fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, runny nose, and joint-muscle pain.
  • The cough is most severe symptom and generally lasts for two or more weeks.
  • Fever and other symptoms can run their course within a week. Using an Infrared Thermometer to measure body temperature will allow you to monitor any improvement or deterioration in condition.

Treatment

  • For most patients, antiviral drugs are the most common treatment option.
  • People in the high-risk category must see their doctor and only take prescribed medication
  • When used for treatment, antivirals reduce symptoms and shorten the time you are sick. They can also prevent serious flu complications like pneumonia.

Prevention

  • Get vaccinated every year.
  • Practicing good health habits can help stop germs, but if one is down with seasonal influenza, they should avoid close contact with other people.
  • People should avoid going to crowded places like schools and metros so that the flu does not transmit to other individuals.

Why is a CPAP necessary?

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is often prescribed for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. While it might not be needed for mild cases, but it is absolutely recommended for those suffering from severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea has the potential to cause severe long-term health complications. Obstructive sleep apnea reduces the intake of oxygen in the body as the airway is periodically blocked, stopping regular breathing patterns. This leads to visible symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and memory loss that can impair day-to-day functioning.

Additionally, if sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to cardiovascular complications such as heart arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease while at the same time increasing the risk of stroke. These are significant life-threatening conditions which could lead to hospitalization or death.

The BPL Harmony CPAP device provides continuous airway pressure, preventing it from becoming obstructed. The device performs an essential function for the body and goes a long way towards preventing the health conditions mentioned above. To conclude a CPAP device helps performs a life-saving function and, should be used as prescribed by a doctor.

BPL Medical Technologies: A Heritage of Innovation

BPL Medical Technologies has a storied heritage in delivering innovation and quality. Since its inception with the erstwhile British Physical Laboratories, BPL has pioneered innovative medical technologies along with its vast portfolio of consumer electronic products. After decades of success, BPL Medical Technologies was established as a separate company in 2013.

Beginning in 1963, BPL has established itself as a pioneer in the technological fields we have entered. From televisions to home appliances, BPL products have featured in the lives of every Indian. Since 1967, the company has been a frontrunner in introducing and indigenizing latest technological solutions. Their focus in cardiology is the reason BPL Medical Technologies was the first company to introduce the single-channel ECG to India.

Over the years we have constantly developed our ECG and defibrillator technologies, introducing new relevant features to our products to stay ahead of the demands of the medical industry. Building on our expertise, we have expanded our portfolio, introducing ultrasound devices in 1997 and patient monitoring devices in 2002. BPL Medical Technologies has consistently expanded into new fields, bringing the same commitment to providing high quality medical devices that provide the best medical care possible.

Our commitment to provide the best possible medical care has been rewarded with several excellence awards throughout our 50-year history. In 1995 and 1997, the government of India awarded BPL as the leading Indian company in the Department of Electronics. BPL Medical Technologies has also been awarded The Best Healthcare Brand by the Economic Times and the No.1 ECG Brand by Top Doctors Online in 2016. These awards are a testament to our continued drive to deliver innovative products and solutions for the Indian market.

Since our inception, we have constantly strived to meet high-quality standards driven by manufacturing. Our brand is committed towards making people’s lives better, healthier, and happier. From creative solutions to delivering care, we look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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