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Alcohol can cause low blood sugar & skin cancer

When we humans consume alcohol, like most other drugs, it goes through certain metabolic processes. Interestingly, our liver produces an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which converts alcohol to acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde, is further degraded by another enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase.

So let  us see how is this acetaldehyde formation in body is important in various way: Continue reading Alcohol can cause low blood sugar & skin cancer

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Drink with CAUTION, don’t spoil your christmas.

Christmas is knocking at the door, most people are finishing their work to enjoying the day. In almost all western nations christmas is celebrated by means of various foods- cakes, chocolates, variety of sweets to alcohol. Today we are particularly talking about the latter. Continue reading Drink with CAUTION, don’t spoil your christmas.

Coffee Enemas Can Be Harmful

coffee enema

Who don’t like a steaming cup of coffee in the morning? Almost everyone probably. But can you imagine getting an enema of coffee (i.e. taking coffee per rectally). Some people from various parts of the world practice taking coffee enema for years since they believe it to be beneficial to their health. Till date no one is dead sure about benefits of coffee enema if any. Although, in certain disciplines of alternative medicine coffee enema taking practice is talked about, specially to relieve constipation.

Although we don’t have enough info about its benefits but certain harmful effects are reported from different corners of the globe. One importantly is getting burn injury to rectum due to the use of very hot coffee. When we drink hot coffee, we can appreciate or anticipate its temperature as soon as the first sip of coffee kisses our lips or tongue, but that is not possible while taking coffee per rectally since a tongue type device is absent there (as per nature’s creation of humans). Therefore a severe burn can happen if it’s too hot and as a consequence a stricture (i.e. the rectal walls might get adhered to each other and cause narrowing of the lumen) and perforation of the rectum can happen too. Even reports of developing an acute colitis because of coffee enema are also reported in medical literature.

Henceforth, a prior consultation with your healthcare provider to learn about pros and cons of such enema may be the best wise step.

You may share your comments below in the comments section. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. Please cross check information from other sources too. References-http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22396264, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19077527, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20073005, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20054322, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18657805

Water drinking and body weight control

List a range of activities you know, which are used to decrease body weight, before reading the post and try listing them and then check with the list provided below-

  1. Dietary changes
  2. Regular exercise
  3. Slimming tea
  4. Slimming pills
  5. Fat losing surgeries
  6. Sleeping hours modification

Share if you have more in your list. However, none  would have listed water drinking as a method of weight loss. Actually studies have shown that water drinking can help control our body weight and avoid obesity and its complications. Possible ways may be like- water decrease hunger urge and we eat less. Another school of explanation is water itself extracts some amount of calories from our body and help reducing our calorie burden.

While counting our daily water intake many of us tend to increase the count by adding various sweetened beverages like soft drinks. It’s noteworthy that such sweetened drinks instead will increase our body weight and make us more prone to diabetes like illnesses, since they contain a high amount of energy. So cutting down their consumption may be a wise and economically cheap investment for our health. On the other hand less water drinkers are prone to other health problems like kidney stones.

Said the above although one shouldn’t take water drinking habits to an overhydration situation by consuming excessive water voluntarily in one go to reduce weight. It’s good to consume the required amount of water only. Water consumption requirement varies between two individuals based on their age, sex, physical exertion, perspiration etc. For best advices you may consult your healthcare provider to know appropriate water requirement for your body since there are health conditions which may limit an individual’s water consumption.

This supplies Penang with fresh water for cons...

For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.   Please cross check information from other sources too.

Reference:

  1. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2013/06/26/ajcn.112.055061,
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

Causes of gout

What causes a gout?

Hi, today we aren’t going to deal with any new study or research finding rather will look into a specific issue of interest to many that is-what causes a gout? Before we immerse ourselves in the causes of gout let’s have few lines briefing about what the disease is about. Gout is a disease condition that affects the joints of our body due to certain crystals (monosodium urate crystals) accumulation. It occurs in association with high blood uric acid level. When uric acid levels are too high than normal uric acid crystals are formed and precipitated in joints.

This crystals when seen under microscope look like needles and in medical literature it’s said to have negatively birefringent pattern (just to know, don’t bang your head with the term ‘negatively birefringence’, it’s all related to lab people who identify those crystals).

Uric acid crystals
Uric acid crystals

The disease can have an acute or a chronic presentation and cause pain in the affected joint. It can present as tophi also. The crystals can form stones in kidney and might contribute in causing a condition called urate nephropathy. Historically gout is known as rich peoples disease or disease of kings.

Hope that was enough of introduction. Now lets look into our discussion topic today that is the what causes gout?

The rule of thumb might be like this to identify causes of gout- anything that raises the blood uric acid level may precipitate a gout (but not always). For example what we call is purine diet like read meat which upon digestion breakdown to uric acid and increase its level. Similarly certain vegetable like beans, peas, lentils etc. Alcohol are also accused as the offender. These were examples of some food and beverages that can cause a gout.

Next in the list of offenders are drugs. Diuretic drugs like loop diuretics (furosemide) and thiazides decrease the excretion of uric acid and increase its level in blood and gout can occur (diuretics are drugs that helps remove our body water through urine (hence named di-uretic). Another set of drugs that can raise uric acid levels and cause gout are the immunosuppressive drugs (don’t want to list them here) . Just to ease your reading – immunosuppressive drugs are used for treating disease related to malfunction of our immune system like in cases after organ transplantation (eg kidney transplantation), rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE in short) etc.

English: Gout presenting in the metatarsal-pha...
Gout presenting in a joint of the big toe. Slight redness of the skin on the joint.

Furthermore there are certain diseases where uric acid level in blood can be sky high to cause a gout and one such example is Lesch Nyhan disease (due an enzyme deficiency called HGPRT -hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase- vigorous attempts to pronounce the enzyme name might save your loose tooth extraction charges- just kidding!). In this disease the affected individual has self mutilating behaviors like biting their own lips and fingers.

Finally as we see in present day medicine the evil of most diseases are our own genes. Blame whom? Partly blame your ancestry as if we are set with a time bomb in our body and at some part of our life the bomb activates and can cause a gout or a breast cancer or an osteoarthritis or a type 2 diabetes. Genetics are partly linked with gout too.

That was a briefing of causes of gout. Some other day in some other post we’ll talk the rest of the disease i.e. its symptoms and treatment. Should go for a coffee now. Tired of typing.

gouty tophi on knee and elbow of middle aged nurse
gouty tophi
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Light pregnancy drinks

One issue that always seems confusing is if alcohol is evil or good during pregnancy. Although its evil scale seems to win the race but some good’s are queuing too. Heavy alcohol drinking during pregnancy can cause a condition called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. But question is what about light drinking?

A recent study suggest that light drinking i.e. one or two drinks per week during pregnancy probably don’t harm the mental health of the baby. They followed children of mothers who drank in light amounts up-to the age of 7 years and found no mental deficit rather those children excelled in maths and certain other tests given to them. This might be a good news for women who drink alcohol and planning a pregnancy. Although what happens to the mental health of these children after 7 year age is not known since they followed up-to that age only. Before you sprout with joy to have liberty of drinking during your pregnancy, just talk about it with your doctor, after all it’s all about  your new coming junior. Think wise, decide better!

English: Baby with the FAS-syndrome. Deutsch: ...

Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. (Reference: LINK)