What more Men need to get Screened for to lead a Healthy and Happy life

Like any machine, our body requires regular maintenance to make it last a long time and run well till end meets

Like any machine, our body requires regular maintenance to make it last a long time and run well till end meets.

The problem with most men is that they will not head to hospital, unless there is some discomfort or pain and by then disease would have worsened. Most of the common diseases that affect men are potentially preventable, but one needs to undergo screening. Heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and dementia all share the same risk factors: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history.

Leaving aside the basic set of tests like PSA, Blood sugar, Cholesterol, let’s explore what more men need to get screened for to lead a healthy and happy life.

Low Testosterone in Men

In men Testosterone production increases during puberty and starts to decrease after age 30. For each year over age 30, the level of testosterone in men starts to slowly dip at a rate of around 1 percent per year. Testosterone helps to maintain number of important bodily functions in men including sex drive, sperm production, muscle mass/strength, fat distribution, bone density and red blood cell production. So it’s decrease can bring about both physical and emotional changes. Depression also has been linked to men with low testosterone.

The low limit of testosterone levels in men is about 300 nanograms per deciliter and the upper normal limit is approximately 1000-1200 ng/dl.

Men still perceive seeking healthcare as a link to their vulnerability, with which they’re very uncomfortable.

Symptoms of low Testosterone  include

Change in sleep patterns, Reduced sex drive (low libido), Sexual dysfunction, Infertility, Emotional changes, Decreased strength and Weight gain

A blood test for testosterone can reveal the amount of testosterone circulating in blood.

Testosterone Therapy

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Cosmetic Surgery : Go under the Knife

Are we moving towards a world where we will have to ask “how could so many people look so beautiful, but so similar?”

Chinese Students are Now Getting Plastic Surgery to Ace Job Interviews

Students in China are seeking the help of plastic surgeons with hopes that enhancing their physical appearance can give them better chances at job interviews.  Students were greatly influenced by their parents who undergo cosmetic procedures themselves.

Did Shania Twain Get Plastic Surgery?

The doctors suggest that Shania had regular Botox and filler injections and also underwent a nonsurgical treatment that uses ultrasound waves to tighten and tone skin.

Are we moving towards a world where we will have to ask “how could so many people look so beautiful, but so similar?”

According to the Huffington Post, 91% of plastic surgery patients are women and only 9% are men. Majority of women are interested in breast implants and rhinoplasty, while men commonly ask for non-invasive procedures, such as Botox for a youthful appearance, or surgical procedures to combat common fat deposit areas, such as the stomach.

Cosmetic procedures are on the rise and patients aren’t shy about what they’re tweaking. Removing fat from places where it is unwanted and injecting it to shore up a sagging chin, buttock or breast is a big trend.

The surgery is carried out to reshape patients features based on a set of beauty standards, which are accepted by the cultural-societal perception of beauty of each geographical region.

What is Cosmetic Surgery ?

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Medical Tourism: Traveling Beyond Borders for Health and Pleasure

Medical tourism is defined as the enhancement or restoration of the individual’s health through medical intervention by organized travel outside one’s natural healthcare jurisdiction.

Patients needing major heart surgery, hip operations , cataracts or even looking for breast augmentation, nose job, body contouring  are using the internet to book operations to be carried out thousands of miles away.

Around 8-9 million patients from across the world travel overseas each year to avail treatment. The worldwide medical tourism market is growing at a rate of 15-25%

  • Singapore is the most thriving medical tourism center in the South East
  • In Latin AmericaPanama and Costa Rica  are becoming well-known tourist spots for medical travelers
  • Mexico being close to the US is now one of the top rated medical tourism destinations.
  • Malaysia is also a famous destination for medical tourists and travelers
  • Another hot spot for medical tourism is India
  • Seoul in South Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world
  • South Africa is the first country in Africa to emerge as a medical tourism destination
  • India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand are well-established destinations for patients seeking cardiac surgery and orthopaedic surgery
  • Italy, already recognized as a major travel destination, offers medical tourists the opportunity to combine treatment with a vacation of a lifetime
  • The Malaysian government provides flexible ease of entry for foreign patients entering Malaysia for treatment where visa for medical tourists are extended if needed, from 30 days to 90 days
  • Thailand hospitals are among the first in Asia to be internationally accredited. To date, there are 37 hospitals accredited by JCI in Thailand
  • The uniqueness of India is its ability to offer holistic medical services such as unani, yoga, meditation, ayurveda, and homeopathic treatments

Medical  tourism is defined  as the enhancement or restoration of  the individual’s health through medical intervention by organized travel outside one’s natural healthcare jurisdiction.

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Oral Health Goes Modern

Oral Health Goes Modern

Dentistry has come a long way since the olden times, when people in many cultures believed that cavities were holes bored by tooth worms. This is the age of digital dentistry. Usage of x-rays, dental drills and manual removal of decayed tooth is going to be history soon. The field of dentistry is constantly evolving, changing, and advancing and is becoming more efficient and natural-looking for the patient’s as possible.

Let us take you through some cool developments in dentistry, which surely would be of use to you…..

Smart Toothbrush:

This is the age of Artificial Intelligence and why should ‘Brushing’ be left behind : image

This is the age of Artificial Intelligence and why should ‘Brushing’ be left behind. Products are already available in the market that are designed to help users improve their oral health, by providing feedback about brushing techniques collected by integrated artificial intelligence (AI). This would be a great hit with parents as they would be able to track their kids brushing habits.

  1. Oral-B SmartSeries electric toothbrush : http://connectedtoothbrush.com/
  2. Ara from Kolibree: https://www.kolibree.com/en/ara/

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Leading ‘Direct to Consumer’ genetic testing companies

Direct to Consumer Genetic testing

From allergy to alzheimers, cancer to coeliac disease,  we can blame everything on our ‘Genes’.  These genes spread across our 23 pair of chromosomes and remains more or less the same throughout our life (leaving aside environment induced changes).

So it would mean if we are able to understand our problematic Genes well before, we would be able to combat our disease better or even prevent it from expressing by making lifestyle changes or even going under the knife (preventive double mastectomy done by Angelina Jolie)

We never heard of it in earlier days

2003 was a landmark year for geneticists. The very first human genome was completed in 2003 as part of the Human Genome Project, which was formally started in 1990. This costed a whopping $2.7 billion. This gave scientist new hope and with time and coming in of newer technologies the whole procedure became simpler. Now it’s possible to sequence entire human genome in a couple of days with less than $10,000. This does not mean everybody has to shell out so much. It’s possible to analyze a small stretch of genes (already mapped to diseases through research studies) to predict the possibility of developing disease like cancer or cardiovascular problems.

 Define Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder. There are mainly seven types of genetic test and over 2000 tests are available.

Can a simple medical test tell whether my child or myself will develop chronic illness?

Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe

Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe ran a swab across the inside of her baby boy’s cheek, and tested her daughter’s amniotic cells. She did this to get a glimpse of her children’s genes and determine whether they contain certain kinks that increase the risk of developing anything from gallstones to multiple sclerosis. “As a parent,” says Wojcicki, “the most responsible thing I can do is get as much information about my children as possible so I can then think through how I can make them as healthy as possible.”

Should I go to my Physician

Sequencing, or “reading,” a person’s genome has grown into an industry by itself.  Now one can even order these tests online from the comfort of their home, without any prescription from healthcare professional. This new age companies are called ‘Direct-to-Consumer’ genetic testing companies. They just need blood sample, cheek swab or saliva (based on the test selected) to perform the tests. The results are then send across through email or uploaded to personal account. The tests either confirm or rule out a person’s chance of developing a disease, or indicate a person as a carrier for a particular disease. The result often include dietary advice to prevent the onset of the disease, which is very valuable.

Define Direct-to-Consumer genetic testing companies

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing refers to genetic tests that are marketed directly to consumers via television, print advertisements, or the Internet.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing refers to genetic tests that are marketed directly to consumers via television, print advertisements, or the Internet. This form of testing, which is also known as at-home genetic testing, provides access to a person’s genetic information without necessarily involving a doctor or insurance company in the process.

In total there are around 250 plus companies which offer genetic testing services. Click here for complete list

Trusted direct to consumer genetic testing companies

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Top Home Healthcare service providers

Homecare services

Is your father ailing and you cannot be near him, or are you out of a surgery and looking for support to get back to your life or are you a new mother….don’t panic you can reach out to any of the home based healthcare service providers. They will provide at home, healthcare assistance.

  1. India Home healthcare

http://www.indiahomehealthcare.com/

India Home healthcare started its journey in 2009. They mainly provide  geriatric care, new born care, post-operative care, primary care and physiotherapy. Services are available as packages which include service from trained nurses along with visits by Client Care Coordinates, Physician, Physiotherapist, Dietitian etc. They even provide continuous care by being at patient’s bedside, either at the hospital or at home, through Registered Nurses, Associate Nurses or Caretakers, depending on the level of patient’s need. They have entered into partnership with US based Bayada Home healthcare services, Nationwide Primary Healthcare Services Pvt Ltd and many more. Currently you can avail their services if you are in Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore or Chennai.

 

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The latest service to reach your doorstep: HEALTHCARE

Healthcare @ Doorstep

Indian consumers are opening up to a new service – Home based healthcare.

They offer the best of the service at the comfort of your home. Now children working abroad need not feel guilty of putting their parents to old age home, but feel happy that parents can get the needed support and medical care at their own home. Also in this busy world when everyone is on a rush and has no time to even perform a health check-up, it’s really a boon that service providers come home to collect blood, urine sample and post results through mail. They even offer doctor visit at home.

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