Health Week

Weight Loss: Why You Need to Do It Now

Health Week March 24, 2017 at 1:00 am

A person squeezing the excess fat of their belly In a 2010 National Health Survey report, researchers found that 11 percent of adults in Singapore were obese. Putting it in perspective, in 2004, the obesity rate among people aged 18 and 69 years old was just 7 percent.

There are many health risks and diseases linked to obesity. In a 2016 study, findings showed that obesity during late adolescence can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease-related death in midlife. In a separate study, researchers found that the people who suffered the most intense cases of heart attacks in the past two decades were younger and more obese.

These are just a few of the many reasons why people in Singapore want to lose weight. If you’re one of these people, here are some of the benefits you can enjoy if you start your weight loss journey as soon as possible.

1. Losing weight can lower your cholesterol level.

Bad cholesterol and obesity have been known to function side by side. High levels of bad cholesterol in your body can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Losing just 10 pounds can help you lower your cholesterol level by more than 10 percent. This means that you are lowering your risk of heart attacks and strokes too.

2. Losing weight can lower your blood pressure levels.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels can lead to strokes, especially if you already have plaque buildup in your arteries. When the walls of the heart become thick due to hypertension, it can become stiff. This increases your risk of heart failure. It can also lead to damages in your kidneys because the heart then tends to work harder. Losing weight can help you protect both your kidneys and heart.

3. Losing weight can enhance your enjoyment of life.

In one study, researchers from the Duke University Medical Center found that people suffering from obesity were 25 times more likely to be dissatisfied in their lives compared to people with average, healthy weight. Findings from the Duke study showed that a mere 10 percent body weight loss can increase confidence and life satisfaction.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey Today

Whether it’s a diet fad or a gym routine, losing weight does not happen overnight. It takes time, discipline and determination. However, the results are truly life-saving and life-changing. So start your weight loss journey today and get the body you’ve always wanted.

Understanding Cholesterol and Heart Health

Health Week June 30, 2015 at 1:00 am

Heart healthHigh blood cholesterol is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. This fatty substance within the body serves an important purpose; it helps build new cells, produce hormones, and insulate your nerves. Having too much of it, however, will clog your arteries and restrict the flow of blood. This may eventually lead to a heart attack or heart disease.

Because of this, the medical community strongly emphasizes the need to keep your cholesterol at a normal level. Health websites like Be Heart Strong and Heart.org even create detailed guides on helping you manage the “bad” cholesterol within your body. However, a large number of people still struggle with high LDL.

The problem is that many do not understand what really causes the build-up of unhealthy cholesterol within the body, and still believe in a few widespread misconceptions. It is important to learn which tips work, and which you should ignore.

What You Need to Know About “Bad” Cholesterol

Often, the biggest contributor to high cholesterol is an unhealthy lifestyle; if you hardly ever exercise and eat food that is high in trans or saturated fats, it will cause a gradual increase in your LDL levels. Meanwhile, consuming food that contains dietary cholesterol (like chicken eggs) has a relatively minimal effect; eggs can even increase your HDL or good cholesterol levels, so they are an important part of your diet.

This problem also has a genetic component, and people who have a family history of unhealthy cholesterol levels are more susceptible. Other factors include age, being overweight, and gender—women in menopause have higher LDL levels and are at greater risk of heart disease.

Almost everyone can avoid LDL build-up, however, if they take charge of their health. It is important to make certain lifestyle changes that will help keep bad cholesterol at bay. With enough effort and diligence, most people can stay strong and keep their hearts in great condition.

Fit and Fun: Make Exercise an Enjoyable Daily Habit

Health Week June 23, 2015 at 9:07 am

exercisingLet’s face it, exercise can sometimes seem too much like a chore. When your day is packed with things like work, it becomes even harder to put on your running shoes and do that jog around the neighbourhood. Yes, you know that exercises will help you keep the ideal weight, reduce risks of diseases—such as heart diseases and diabetes—, make you more energized, and allow you to sleep peacefully through the night, but more often than not, you tend to forego exercise in favour of other activities.

Getting fit and exercising should not be something that you dread. By making exercise a fun daily habit, you will be able to maximise its benefits. QLDKettlebells.com.au shares more information below:

It’s all in the mind

No, really it is. Get in the right frame of mind before you start exercising. Condition your mind and see it as an opportunity to make you feel better about yourself—physically and mentally.

Don’t forget your diet

Exercise is just one of the many factors that make up a healthy mind and body. Diet also plays a huge role in keeping yourself fit. But, it does not mean depraving yourself of the things that you do like to eat. Remember the food pyramid you learned way back in school? Follow that and make sure that your every meal is sufficient and balanced (and yes, you can sneak in the occasional cake).

Join a club or a class

One of the things that make exercise seem tedious is the fact that you do it alone. Why not make it a fun social activity so that you will have more reason to stay motivated? Join a sports club or enroll yourself in a class so that you will have a support group that share the same fitness goals. Try swim clubs, yoga classes, or kettleball programs—it doesn’t necessarily have to be something you already like or have experience in. Who knows, you might even pick up a new hobby by joining such things.

The Root of Your Wisdom Tooth

Health Week June 22, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Wisdom teethAdults everywhere are likely to have pondered why the wisdom teeth are called so, given that they are useless and serve no purpose. No, it is not because your wisdom teeth are smarter than the rest of your teeth; they are called wisdom for a certain reason.

Linguists, dentists and modern day scientists say the etymology has scientific backing. Here is a short explanation for the curious mind:

Where the Wise is in Wisdom Teeth

In the seventeenth century, the third molars were called the ‘teeth of wisdom’, since they appeared much later in adulthood, when one is expected to make wiser and more mature decisions. Two centuries later, it evolved into simply being called “wisdom teeth”.

Linguists are not the only ones in consensus with the etymology. Dentists and practitioners, like the team behind HarleyStreetDentalClinic.co.uk, add more credence to this idea. Modern science and technology even goes so far as to prove that the third molar does indeed erupt when a person is wiser.

The Age of Wisdom

Recent research shows the brain continues to grow and develop even after adolescence. In fact, neurospecialists say the brain only reaches full maturity at 25. The wisdom teeth generally develops and erupts until between the ages of 17 to 25.

This is why the etymology from several centuries back is not so far off the mark. During this phase, you are expected to make much more mature decisions. This may include sticking to a job more than two months or abandoning habits that harm your health, including not going to the dentist regularly.

Diet Through the Ages

Humankind used to have a different kind of diet. Food then was mostly coarse and tough. The teeth, the jaw and the mouth had to work harder, forcing the development of larger bones. Due to the frequent loss of tooth at an early age, more room for wisdom teeth in the mouth was allowed.

When the food was still difficult to chew, the molars were helpful. Now that our diet has evolved from coarse foodstuff to soft processed food, the wisdom teeth are not so useful anymore. Still, they should get proper care to avoid developing plaque, tooth decay and infections.

Myths about Massage Therapy Debunked

Health Week June 11, 2015 at 8:21 am

massageMajor developments are coming to Utah. With work requiring more time, it can’t be helped if you feel the need to go for a massage—and for good reason. Massage therapy is a great way to improve blood circulation and ease muscle tension. To enjoy your session, know the misconceptions about massage therapy.

1. Soreness and pain are indicators of a successful massage session.

Soreness usually happens if you don’t drink enough water after a massage. Pain, on the other hand, is an indicator that the massage was too hard.

Notify the therapist right away if you feel pain during the session. Discomfort is normal, but soreness and pain do not equate to a great massage.

2. The soothing effects of having a massage are just temporary.

You probably spend at least eight hours at work and an hour or so travelling to and from work. During those times, your body experiences awkward or stressful positions.

Apollo Chiropractic says massage therapy helps relieve tight soft tissues and reintroduces proper posture and body positions to your muscles. Going for a few minutes of massage after a stressful day allows the muscles to remember its relaxed state. This adds to the overall reduction of stress and tension in the body.

3. Pregnant women cannot get a massage.

A gentle pregnancy massage reduces the tension that an expecting mother feels because of the various physiological and emotional changes.

4. Having a massage is just a waste of time and money.

Some say that massage sessions are just for those who have extra money to spare. Regular massage sessions, however, can eliminate disorders associated with muscle tension or misalignments in the body. In the long run, it can help you reduce expenses for hospitalization and medicines.

There are various clinics and centers that offer therapeutic massage in Murray and other nearby cities. Observe how your body responds and see for yourself whether the notions mentioned above are true or not.

6 Reasons for Bringing Your Smile Back

Health Week May 27, 2015 at 7:44 am

Restoring Your SmileLosing teeth is an experience we all go through as children. Tooth loss as an adult, however, is a different matter.

Effects on self-confidence

If you have missing teeth, then you are familiar with the negative effects. This would be more so if you lost an incisor or a canine (the front teeth), as these are very noticeable and not having them greatly affects confidence. While not as visible, the same is true when you lose a molar.

More serious effects

More than being self-consciousness or having less confidence, however, Church Road Dental and Cosmetics says that losing teeth decreases your ability to chew and digest food, thus affecting your overall diet and health.

An even more serious concern is that the jawbone beneath the missing teeth may atrophy or shrink, changing not just your smile, but your whole face making you look older.

Dental implants effectively address the problem of missing teeth. Here are the top 6 reasons for choosing them:

1. They are the best replacements for the natural teeth you lost.

Everything about dental implants–how they look, feel inside your mouth, how they fit and how they work– is similar to natural teeth. Therefore, they will not ever interfere with your mouth’s daily functions.

2. They are long lasting.

With only some occasional adjustments and regular visits to your dentist for cleaning, dental implants are the ultimate long-term solution. They are built to last.

3. They keep the jawbone in good shape.

As mentioned earlier, when you lose your natural teeth, the jawbone underneath it deteriorates. The presence of dental implants is one way of preserving it and preventing the problem of bone loss.

4. They protect the other natural teeth.

Since these replacements are put right where the original teeth used to be, they do not impact the healthy teeth beside them. Since they also fill the gaps, they prevent the neighbouring teeth from shifting in their places.

5. They give you back that natural smile.

Dental implants can keep your face from sagging, which is associated with looking older. By maintaining the natural shape of your face, you can smile confidently again like the way you used to.

6. They allow you to enjoy your favourite food again.

Since dental implants restore the chewing function of your mouth, you can enjoy your favourite food again. Unlike dentures, you will not have to worry about your implants moving out of place when you chew.

These reasons alone show that implants are the best option for restoring lost teeth. Consult with an experienced dentist to know more about them.

Keeping Your Teeth White: More than Just Brushing

Health Week May 20, 2015 at 7:32 am

Keeping your teeth whiteKeeping your teeth clean and white may seem as simple as brushing regularly, but there are other ways to achieve this. This involves lessening the consumption of certain food items, and totally avoiding a few teeth staining habits. This may take a bit of effort, but if you want to maintain the look of your teeth, it’s well worth it.

Teeth staining food and drinks

While nearly all food and drinks technically stain the teeth, the effects of a few of them are more apparent than the rest. The site northlightdental.co.uk said, “Teeth naturally yellow and discolour over the years, but staining is made worse by such things as smoking, tea, coffee and red wine.” Berries like cherries, grapes, and blueberries have a habit of staining your teeth that is difficult to get rid of completely.

Sweets can stain your teeth, especially the brightly coloured ones like gum, hard candy, and fruit pops. If you eat something sweet that changes the colour of your tongue, chances are it will really stain your teeth.

Avoiding these food items is near impossible, so the next best thing is to always brush and rinse your teeth after you eat these to prevent the stain from settling on your teeth. If you eat a lot of greasy food, make sure you wash it down with water and not soft drinks as the latter actually stains the teeth as well.

Smoke stains

Smoking is not just bad for your lungs, it is equally bad for your teeth. It may not be as immediate as some of the more common causes of tooth staining, but the effects don’t just stop at yellowing your teeth. The nicotine in cigarettes causes bacterial plaque to build up in your teeth and gums, which eventually leads to serious gum diseases and even tooth loss. To make matters worse, it causes bad breath.

It is important that you cut back and entirely avoid smoking to avoid the nasty effects it has not just on your teeth, but to your overall health. Apart from regular brushing and flossing, it is important that you visit your dentist regularly so that they can check for any teeth problems you may have.

Are Dental Implants Good for Your Health?

Health Week May 4, 2015 at 4:59 am

dental implantsMany patients now prefer dental implants for their replacement teeth. Typically, manufacturers make implants from titanium, and dentists now consider them as viable alternatives to dentures.

A low-risk and safe procedure

Undergoing the surgery for dental implants is a safe procedure. The dentist secures the dental implant into the jawbone so that it can function like the roots of the teeth. The professionals at Currambine Dental assure that the titanium material is a good choice. Unlike ill-fitting dentures that move around, implants are 100% secure. They don’t shift while you eat or talk.

Still, the new implants would need time to settle until they become part of the jawbone through osseointegration. When you are under the care of an experienced dental practitioner, then you shouldn’t worry about anything. Knowledgeable dentists use techniques that decades of practice have improved.

Although there are risks associated with the procedure, these can be addressed even before the start of the surgery through evaluations and tests. You can benefit from the procedure for many years to come.

The Australian Society of Implant Dentistry says that properly fitted and well-maintained implants can reduce the occurrence of gum infections. You still have to see your dentist regularly, though, so that there will be close monitoring of the healing process.

Why you should choose dental implants

There are a few other reasons why you should consider dental implants. First, contemporary implants have high quality biocompatible materials that pose no danger to your health. Second, there is no other method today that promotes full integration of an artificial object into a person’s bone structure offering great stability.
Third, dental implants help in protecting the natural teeth you have left by promoting better distribution of force when chewing.

Talk to your dentist if implants are a possible solution for you. Well-fitted dental implants can mean having a better smile.

What Can Fertility Treatments Do?

Health Week April 30, 2015 at 2:01 am

CoupleDeciding to start a family is one of the biggest leaps in any marriage. That is why it brings a lot of distress and disappointment if couples are unable to conceive. Due to some problems, like inadequate semen production or defect in the ovaries, they cannot form a fertilised egg like normal people.

For some couples, adoption is the next best thing. For others, artificial insemination is a workable alternative. But for other aspiring parents, neither is an option.

Good news is that for some cases, conceiving is possible through a list of fertility treatment options. They make way for a natural conception with drugs that induce fertility.If successful, fertility treatments can help achieve the following:

Regulate ovulation

In many cases, women cannot conceive because they have irregular ovulation cycles and release premature eggs. The fertility treatment not only regulates the cycle, but also stimulates the release of healthy and mature eggs.

Promote hormone production

The drugs in fertility treatments contain synthetic hormones that help restore the balance between the hormones involved in reproduction. For men, the treatment can promote production of testosterone. For women, the treatment intends to stimulate production of oestrogen and progesterone.

Promote healthy sperms

The most common problem in men who can’t conceive is the inability to produce healthy sperms and adequate seminal fluid. The treatment stimulates the release of quality and active spermatozoa as it also increases the volume of seminal liquid.

Regulate blood sugar

Abnormal blood sugar can also cause infertility in both men and women. The fertility drugs aim to regulate the level of blood sugar and keep the body healthy and responsive to reproduction.

Prevent miscarriage

Even after conception, the treatment will continue. Over the course of the pregnancy, the medicines, which contain vitamins and minerals that are essential in the foetus’ development, reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Regulate blood flow

Poor blood flow can also affect a person’s capacity to reproduce. The treatment will normalise the blood flow, especially in the genital area.

Serve as aphrodisiac

The drugs also contain substances that increase men’s sexual urge and help promote a healthier sex life.

Different infertility cases may require different medications. Before taking anything, consult your doctor to know which treatment option is safest for you.

Leading Factors that Influence Healthcare Costs

Health Week April 9, 2015 at 1:01 am

Healthcare industryOver the years, many advocates have been upholding the belief that everyone should have access to quality healthcare. Nonetheless, it seems that this battle cry is always on constant struggle with the status quo—healthcare can be pricey. With a closer scrutiny over the matter, you will realize that the increasing costs of medicines and healthcare services depend on the factors ranging from lifestyle changes to national economy.

Government agencies and private institutions, such as pharmacy benefit management consulting companies, say people with low income and can’t afford insurance are hit first with the fluctuating prices.

Here are some factors that have an influence on healthcare costs:

Lifestyle Changes

Believe it or not, what you do to your body is among the things that drive up healthcare costs. Living in the modern era brings with it new breeds of disorders and strains of microorganism. As some diseases are relatively new, exploring and formulating up-to-date cures can be costly, as well. This in turn translates into pricey prescriptions.

Technology

The healthcare industry requires newer means to remedy new breeds of disease. This is where technology comes in. Modern medical equipment is important in carrying out procedures accurately. Installation and implementation can be expensive. Add to that the training of the personnel and maintenance of the apparatus.

Commercialization

As the medical field has become a sizeable industry, partnerships and other forms of business structure have stepped into being. The commercialization of the sector may encourage companies to build monopolies, which will obviously have an effect on the existing pricing systems.

Keep in mind that the supply and demand when it comes to medical products and services is another factor. The frequent changes in medical practices, taxes, and other forms of government intervention or regulation also have a direct impact on healthcare costs.