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Health Screening Centres Hyderabad

” Good health is the foundation of a happy, productive and rewarding life.”

The modern lifestyle today symbolizes excessive stress and strain. Extended working hours, irregular eating habits, late night weekend parties, and inadequate rest, coupled with high level of pollution, are bound to cause health related problems.

To meet the growing demands of the competitive world, most of us tend to ignore our health until we are compelled to confront a medical complication. To cope up with a rising risk of the medical disorders, health monitors have become mandatory. Afterall most health problems can be managed more effectively if detected early.


Guidelines For Health Check Up

    All Health Check Ups are conducted by prior appointments only.

    You are requested to reach at 8:15am at the hospital to facilitate the smooth process of your check up.

    Approximate time for the completion of the entire package is around 6 Hrs.

    Minimum of 12 Hrs. fasting is essential prior to the check up. You may drink water. Complete abstain from alcohol at least 12 Hrs. prior to the check up.

    You are requested to bring samples of urine and stool (Fewer quantity / 2 spoon full) when you come for check up. You can get sterilized containers from Main Reception round the clock or you can purchase it from any pharmacy shop nearby.

    The men are requested to shave their chest to ensure a good ECG / Trade Mill Test.

    If you are wearing lenses, please remove them 2 days prior of Health Check Up.

    Wear loose clothing, No jewelry (Necklaces / Chains) and easily removable footwear.

    If you are diabetic, avoid taking your insulin injections / anti diabetic tablets on the morning of Health Check up. Please carry your insulin / anti diabetic tablets which you can have before or after your breakfast in the hospital. Other regular medication can be taken as instructed by the doctor. Please carry regular medication along.

    Please bring all your earlier (Within 1-3 Years) Medical records and medical accessories like glasses, hearing aid if you have any when you come for Health Check Up.

    Inform Health Check Up Department in advance if you want any additional Investigations or consultations to be done so that we can schedule your appointments for the same.

    We can provide additional Tests / Investigations / Procedures / Consultations at request or if required however these will be billed separately in addition to the package payment.

    An authorization letter from your company is required to avail of services paid for by the company.

    Please be informed that certain tests like x-rays are not to be done if you are likely to be pregnant.

    For Females, during menstruation (menaces) PAP SMEAR test cannot be done.

A handful of health

Today’s fast paced life demands a healthier and a fitter you.

The increasing incidence of heart disease, obesity and other lifestyle related issues calls for continuous focus on maintaining a good work-life balance.One simple step to achieve this is to include nuts like almonds as a part of your daily diet. This modification can be made easily in the daily diet. Almonds are a waistline-friendly snack known to boost heart health, and loaded with other health benefits.

While we know that almonds are generally healthy, here are some lesser known facts about them:

Source of essential nutrients:

Almonds are a source of key essential nutrients such as vitamin E antioxidants, dietary fibre, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, protein, manganese and calcium.

They also contain folate, iron, niacin, thiamine, zinc and potassium. A handful of almonds make for a nutrient-rich convenient snack.

Keeps hunger at bay:

Almonds may have satiating properties (promoting a feeling of fullness), which can keep hunger at bay between meals. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming 43 grams of dry-roasted lightly salted almonds every day reduced hunger and improved dietary vitamin E and monounsaturated (“good”) fat intake without increasing body weight. So, for those craving a between-meal nibble, eating almonds is a win-win for you.

Keeps the heart healthy :

Almonds, when included in a healthy diet, may lower total and LDL cholesterol and reduce levels of heart damaging inflammation.

According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition , researchers estimated that for every 30 gram increase (approximately 1 serving) of almonds consumed daily, an estimated 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD) risk score was reduced by 3.5 per cent.

Reduces belly fat:

Central abdominal fat is a component of the metabolic syndrome, a risk factor for developing premature coronary artery disease. Snacking on almonds also reduces central adiposity (belly fat) and waist circumference, all well-established heart disease risk factors.

Controls and maintains blood sugar level:

Scientific research shows that almonds can help in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, may improve blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes and help lower the blood sugar impact of carbohydrate foods, which affects fasting insulin levels.

Lasts for up to 2 years :

Thanks to their trusty antioxidants, almonds have some serious staying power if stored properly.

When kept in cool, dry conditions (< 5°C and < 65 per cent relative humidity), whole natural almonds can be stored for about two years with no significant loss in quality. Also, almonds are easy and quick to flavour and go with just about any masala/ spices. Whip up some flavoured almonds to give your family as a snack, in addition to plain almonds

However, you can’t depend on a diet change alone; it is also critical to follow a fitness regime for a healthier lifestyle. Sitting and relaxing after a long day of work is tempting, but sitting for a long time without exercising regularly can lead to multiple lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes.

Follow simple tips like taking the stairs, walk around when on a call or just take your pet for a walk. All you need is to find ways of moving around more throughout the day.

Pain killers that can kill

purpose of writing this edit column every week is to educate the general public on medicine, or more aptly the dangers of medicine. I would be remiss in my task, if I did not talk about the dangers of pain killers.So far, patients have been subjected to pill popping by all and sundry, which is understandable if they're getting the advice from a lay person.

But doctors literally thinking that pain killers were safer then aspirin switched to the dictum of `take two at night and call me in the morning' if the call made to the doctor was because of pain. This was because medicinal science at the time of the emergence of these drugs gave doctors the impression that they were the safer alternative. Down the line we have come to realise that this is far from true. Nevertheless, the difficulty in educating people is that it may all be too technical. In which case I'd hope to at least bring this to doctors' attention, especially those who use and prescribe these left, right and centre.

One must understand why these pain killers - called non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are hazardous. A study conducted as early as 2002 by William Abraham and his colleagues published in the New England Journal of Medicine tells us that NSAIDs worsened heart failure in 7,227 patients.

I still see a fair amount of unwarranted NSAID usage. In essence in NSAID acts on muskeloskeletal pain and joints by suppressing a chemical substance called prostaglandin.There are some good prostaglandins that are protective to the blood supply of the heart and brain, and suppressing them leaves these organs at risk.

I have often been asked in the heyday of NSAID usage about which is best and several medical papers address such issues, but to no real definitive conclusion. About 60 per cent of patients will respond to any NSAID, others that do not respond to one molecule may respond to another for no obvious reasons.

Pain relief starts after taking the first dose.The full analgesic effect takes about a week. The anti-inflammatory effect may take up to three weeks.

It is estimated that in 2013 over 100 million prescriptions were written for NSAIDs alone. In the early 2000s concerns with pain killers called COX 2 inhibitors, Rofecoxib and Valdecoxib were noted and in September 2004 the United States' FDA declared a black box warning for Valdecoxib.

The manufactures voluntarily withdrew Rofecoxib from Western markets. The earlier generation of NSAIDs have also undergone scrutiny and several studies have shown an increased risk with Diclofenac and subsequent studies incriminate Ibuprofen particularly for stroke and Naproxen for heart disease. A subsequent study analyzing 58,000 patients from the Danish National registry demonstrate a hazard ratio of 2.57 for Celecoxib, 1.5 for Ibuprofen, 2.4 for Diclofenac.

Another Danish study suggested that even short-term therapy with most NSAIDs of 7 to 14 days is dangerous in heart patients because it increases the risk of sudden death and a recurrent heart attack and many blunt the effect of blood thinners, such as aspirin.

Studies for the risk of stroke with NSAIDS are less clear but do tell us that Ibuprofen and Diclofenac use is associated with a higher risk of stroke. As I understand Diclofenac has been withdrawn in the USA and exists only in the gel form.

So now what? Do we let the patient suffer pain, irrespective of the drugs' ability to help ease it? The magic of drugs like Diclofenac in relieving pain is well known and I have taken this myself for a toothache, years before it was declared unsafe. Here clearly the doctor has the responsibility of explaining to the patient, the hazards of such drug usage.

Many do not and in fact GPs administer such drugs by injection increasingly, for the fear of losing his patient to the next-door competitor who will do so, to prove his healing is better. The answer in ethical medicine terms is, pills only when necessary. Safer (usually less effective) pills first, before deciding on dangerous pain killers--and when these are prescribed, it should be for the shortest possible time.

The American Heart Association recommends Paracetmol, aspirin, Tramadol, and narcotic agents before proceeding to non-acetylated salcytates and select NSAIDs such as naproxen, before proceeding down the line.

I have of late been asking all my patients in the ICU whether they took such pain killers in the last few week and many have replied that they have. I wouldn't want to lose my life from medication, and I assume neither do you. So please proceed with caution.

The Best Yoga Poses to Relieve Common Pregnancy Issues

You probably already know that staying active while pregnant can have all kinds of great benefits for you and your baby. Unless your doctor has told you otherwise, lots of exercises—from jogging to basic bodyweight strength moves can be perfectly healthy.

Yoga in particular can be awesome, because it's a perfect combination of stretching and strengthening, says Bec Conant, prenatal yoga instructor at Om Births and birth doula in Boston. (Fun fact: Conant has had four women go into labor during a class.)

"Yoga does two things while you're pregnant: It's a physical form of exercise that's also going to bring some mindfulness and awareness into how your body is changing on a daily level," Conant says.

Another plus: breath control. "You don't need Lamaze if you go to yoga," says Heidi Kristoffer, yogi, founder of CrossFlowX, and new mom to adorable twins. "Yoga makes you more conscious of what's happening with your body—you're not just checking out of what your body is feeling."

With that in mind, we've rounded up 12 soothing poses to help relieve some of the most common pregnancy ailments—from tight hips to a sore lower back. Bonus: These "ahh"-inducing postures will also ease aches and pains even if you're not pregnant.

Note: If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, check with your doctor first before starting any new workout routine.


1. For Back Pain: Ankle-to-Knee Pose


"For back pain, I always do hip openers," Kristoffer says. In addition to helping make space for your belly and open your back, this pose will also help relieve tension in your glutes and the muscles under your glutes, like the piriformis, Conant says.

How to: Start in a seated position, with feet on the floor, knees bent, and shoulders relaxed. Slide right flexed foot under left knee, so right knee rests on the floor (like half of a regular cross-legged position). Stack left shin on top of right, so left foot rests on right knee and left knee rests on right foot. Rest palms gently on knee and foot, or bring them together to prayer (anjali mudra). For a deeper stretch, hinge forward. Switch leg placement and repeat on the other side.

2. For Back Pain and Tight Hips: Pigeon Pose

Eka Pada Kapotasana

Like the previous pose, this hip-opener is perfect for relieving lower back tension.

How to: Start on all fours. Slide right leg forward so right knee comes to right wrist, and right flexed foot is directed toward left wrist. Ease left leg down to the ground and extend it behind you, keeping left foot relaxed and leg internally rotated. (Make sure left leg is directly behind you, not angled out to the left). If it feels comfortable, come down onto forearms, connect hands in prayer, and bow forehead to touch thumbs. (If your belly does not allow you to bend forward, remain comfortably upright, being careful not to put excess pressure on the low back.) Repeat on the other side.

Wide Knee Child's Pose

3. For Relieving Belly Weight: Wide-Knee Child's Pose


If you've done yoga previously, you already know the power of this restorative pose. "As you get bigger, because your belly is so heavy, anything that takes the pressure off of it is going to feel amazing," Kristoffer says.

How to: Kneel on the ground, butt on heels, top of feet against the floor, big toes touching, and knees wider than hip-width apart. Slowly bring chest to the mat, allowing your body to come between legs. Extend arms overhead, touching forehead to mat. Or lay arms alongside body with palms facing up if that feels more comfortable.

Seated Side Bend

4. For Low Back Pain: Seated Side Bend

Sukhasana variation

Any type of side bend will help a cranky back, Kristoffer says. Pick your favorite variation, either with crossed or open legs.

How to: Start in a comfortable upright seated position, with legs crossed or folded in a half-lotus pose. Allow right hand to rest comfortably on the ground. Stretch left arm straight up, and then bend to the right, focusing on rotating upper torso and staying open as you gaze up at your left hand. As you bend to the side, lower onto right forearm for support. Repeat on the other side.

5. For Tight Hips: Yoga Squat


As your pregnancy progresses, your body produces the hormone relaxin, which may make you feel more flexible. "You do have to be careful that you don’t move beyond your range of flexibility," Kristoffer says. With that in mind, a yoga squat—even if it didn't feel great when you weren't pregnant, will likely feel awesome now, she says.

How to: Sit with both legs extended in front of you. One at a time, bend knees and place feet close to your seat, slighty wider than hip-width. Put weight into feet and lift off seat to come into a low, wide squat. Keep back straight and bring hands together between knees in prayer, pressing elbows into inner thighs. If this feels uncomfortable, use blocks (as shown above) for a supported squat.

Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend

6. For Back Pain and Relieving Belly Weight: Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend

Upavistha Konasana

Like some of the above poses, this one will help take some of the pressure off your low back and give you a break from the weight of your belly.

How to: Sit with legs extended straight in front of you. Spread legs wide, like a straddle, but don't push yourself too hard to force your legs apart. With a flat back, lean chest toward ground and place forearms on the ground in front of you, feeling the stretch in your hips.

7. For All-Over Relief: Supported Fish Pose

Supported Matsyasana

Get ready for a serious "ahh" moment. "You don't want to do any major back bends," Kristoffer says, "because you don't need to stretch your back out more." But supported, small back bends, like this one, should feel great. Keeping your legs bent means this move doubles as a soothing hip-opener.

How to: Grab two yoga blocks. From a comfortable seated position, place one yoga block several inches behind you on the lowest height, so it can support your mid-back. Place the other yoga block a few inches beyond that one on the middle or highest height to support your upper neck and head. Fold legs into a butterfly position (badhakonasana), so that the feet are touching and knees fall comfortably out to the side. Slowly lower yourself back, allowing mid-back (between shoulder blades) and upper neck/head to rest on blocks. (Play around with the position and height of the blocks to find what feels best.) Once comfortable, allow your arms to rest naturally at your side.

8.For Tight Hips and Back Pain: Low Lunge Twist Pose

It's a common misconception that pregnant women should avoid all twists. In reality, you need to skip the ones that compress your body against your knees. "Closed twists create this compression effect on your internal organs, changing the blood flow. Then when you unwind, you get fresh blood flowing," Conant says. "And that would be great—if there wasn't someone else growing in the middle of that."

The solution is to stick to open, easy twists. "If you're just reaching across in an open manner, that's fine," Conant says. "There's no compression to any of the joints or organs."

How to: Start on all fours. Place left foot on the ground, so your knee is directly over your ankle, leg bent to 90 degrees. With palms firmly on the ground, flex and extend right foot back behind you, and come into a low lunge with a straight right leg. Shift weight to right hand, and extend left hand up to the ceiling, allowing your gaze to follow your hand. Repeat on the other side.

9. For Relieving Belly Weight: Cat-Cow Pose


As with the seated forward bend, anything that takes pressure off your belly is going to feel great. Don't worry about pushing too far into a deep back bend in this variation, Kristoffer says, just focus on moving easily with your breath.

How to: Start on all fours. Inhale and look up, allowing back to bend naturally (without placing emphasis on the low spine). As you exhale, round spine, tuck rear, and curl inward, looking down and toward navel. Continue to move through both poses as you inhale and exhale.

10. For Back Pain: Standing Forward Bend


Another great move for relieving lower back tension, this simple forward bend, with feet a little wider than usual, should feel relaxing, Kristoffer says. She also suggests adding a slight sway from left to right with loose knees to open your back.

How to: Stand with feet wider than hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, and hips level. Bend forward at the waist, allowing head to drop toward the mat, while knees stay loose. Hold onto elbows with opposite hands, which will help elongate your spine. Don't worry about pushing yourself to reach the ground. After a few deep breaths, switch arm grip, so the opposite arm crosses on top.

11. For Tight Shoulders: Dolphin Pose

Ardha Pincha Mayurasana

Hello, open shoulders. If downward dog is your usual fave, this pose can bring even more openness to your upper back and shoulders—and let's face it, we all hold plenty of tension there. If you don't feel comfortable with your head upside down, Kristoffer suggests taking this pose at a wall. Press forearms against the wall, then walk feet back until your head can drop.

How to: Start on all fours. Tuck toes and lift hips toward the ceiling, straightening legs to come into a modified downward dog pose. Your arms and legs will be straight, even if this means your toes do not touch the ground. From here, slowly lower onto your forearms, adjusting your stance accordingly. Maintain a neutral neck and keep hips elevated.

12. For All-Over Relief: Legs-up-the-Wall Pose

Viparita Karani

There comes a point in pregnancy where it will no longer feel great to lie on your back, Kristoffer says. At that point, use a bolster or pillows so you're on an angle instead of straight back for this pose, she says. Even when you're not practicing yoga, Conant also suggests keeping feet elevated, say, on a small stool under your work desk, to relieve swelling and soreness.

How to: Sit close to a wall. Lie faceup and raise legs, so flexed feet face the ceiling. Shimmy your hips until your heels and calves gently rest against the wall. From here, rest both hands on your belly, or place one hand over your heart and one on your belly.

And in case you're wondering, yes, Kristoffer practiced yoga throughout her own pregnancy.

Special thanks to our model, Heidi Kristoffer, new mom, certified yogi, and creator of CrossFlowX at The Movement in New York City. Heidi wears a top and sports bra by Lululemon and pants by Lorna Jane.

Don't Skip Breakfast If You Want To Remain Active: Study

The best way to make the most of the day is to kick-start with a breakfast as according to a new study, breakfasting can help obese people get more active. The University of Bath research analysed the links between breakfast and health for individuals classed as ‘obese,’ comparing the results from a fasting group with a breakfasting group. Eating breakfast did not make obese individuals lose weight but did result in more physical activity in the morning and reduced food intake later in the day, meaning both groups ate similar amounts overall. 

Don't Skip Breakfast If You Want To Remain Active: Study

Increasing activity is one of the most important ways to improve health in our increasingly sedentary population, so the researchers suggest this could be a key benefit. Lead researcher James Betts explains that despite many people offering opinions about whether or not you should eat breakfast, to date there has been a lack of rigorous scientific evidence showing how, or whether, breakfast might cause changes in our health.

Betts noted that their studies highlight some of these impacts, but ‘how important’ breakfast is still really depends on the individual and their own personal goals. Lead author Enhad Chowdhury, added that it is important to bear in mind that not everybody responds in the same way to breakfast and that not all breakfasts are equal. The effects of a sugary cereal compared to a high protein breakfast are likely to be quite different. Chowdhury noted, ‘As we progress the Bath Breakfast Project we want to narrow down the effects of different types of breakfast upon health.’ The study is published in the journal American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

Did you know that honey can save you from blindness?

id you know that honey can save you from blindness? 

Honey is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and is also high on antioxidants. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Researchers from the University of Manchester in Britain have identified the effect of honey used since ancient times for the treatment of several diseases, on pathogenic fungi that can cause devastating infections in vulnerable people.

It was discovered that there is a powerful link between Surgihoney — a medicinal type of honey and the destruction of Fusarium — a fungus that can cause blindness or even death.

The researchers used different concentrations of Surgihoney, a biologically engineered honey that produces chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen, to test how effective it could be in destroying the fungus Fusarium, which is found on plants and in soil.

Even the lowest concentrations had a significant effect in breaking down the cell wall of the fungus, demonstrating its potential as a future treatment for patients, the study revealed.

Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds comprise about 60-80 percent of infectious diseases in humans and the way fungi invades wounds is associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Biofilms — thin layers of micro organisms, which group together — contribute to the severity and delayed healing of such chronic wounds, the researchers said.

“Through my research I wanted to show the potential for honey as a healing agent to break through these biofilms and in doing so increase the process of healing. What I found amazing is that honey actually works better than some antifungals,” Zain Habib Alhindi, research student at the Manchester University said in an official statement.

The study opens door for further work on the application of honey for many fungal infections and allows scientists to adopt different options for treating a range of superficial infections, researchers concluded.


Zika virus scare: AP to form help desks at airports, sea ports

Zika virus scare: AP to form help desks at airports, sea ports

Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite during the day. The mosquito-transmitted infection is related to Dengue, Yellow Fever and West Nile virus. (Reuters)

Andhra Pradesh Government today decided to set up help desks in the airports and sea ports in the state as part of efforts to deal with Zika virus.

Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas, who held a video conference with health officials, directed them to spread awareness among people on the menace of the mosquito bites, especially during day time.

Those returning from Zika virus-hit countries of Latin America and others should be taken care of, he said.

The minister told the officials to conduct blood tests for pregnant women suffering from symptoms of the virus, a release from his office stated.

The necessary blood tests for determining Zika virus should be conducted free of cost in all district and area hospitals, the minister said.

He asked them to earmark at least two beds each in all district and area hospitals for treatment of zika virus-hit patients.

Srinivas also directed that sanitation measures be taken up in coordination with Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration and local bodies, the release added.

Diabetic Friendly Fruits to Help You Manage Diabetes Better

10 Diabetic Friendly Fruits to Help You Manage Diabetes Better

Diabetes mellitus (DM) commonly referred to as Diabetes, is a chronic disorder. It occurs when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin or when the cells of the body become resistant to insulin. In either case, the blood sugar cannot get into the cells for storage, which then leads to serious complications. Diabetes, perhaps more than any other disease, is strongly associated with the western diet, as it was uncommon in cultures consuming a 'primitive diet'. However as cultures switch from their native diets, to the foods of commerce; their rate of diabetes increases eventually reaching the proportions seen in the western societies. However, what's alarming is the fact that India Is home to 62 million diabetics and the number is estimated to be 100 million by 2030.

Obesity is seen as one of the major contributing factors to the development of insulin resistance in approximately 90% of the individuals with type-2 diabetes. In most cases, achieving ideal body weight is associated with the restoration of normal blood sugar levels. Hence dietary modifications and treatment are fundamental to the successful treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.There are some specific foods that have been shown to produce positive effects on blood sugar control. These foods have a low glycemic index and glycemic load and are high in fiber.When it comes to diabetics eating fruits, there is a lot of confusion and information is very misleading. Just remember that moderation is the key here.

TIPS TO ENJOY FRUITS IF YOU ARE DIABETIC:- Always eat fruits that are fresh, local and in season.- Eat fruits that have a low glycemic index.

- Fruits should not be eaten with your main meals, its best to have fruits in between meals and as a snack.- Fruits with high glycemic index should be eaten only in moderation.- Eat fruits with some nuts and olives to balance the glycemic load.- Sprinkle fruits with cinnamon which is very helpful in balancing blood sugar levels.- Grind whole flaxseeds in a coffee grinder and sprinkle over fresh fruit to balance sugar levels.- Never consume fruit juice as it's robbed of all the fiber and would spike blood sugar levels.- Diabetics should not eat cooked fruits always eat raw fruits to reap the benefits.

BEST FRUITS FOR DIABETICS:Pomegranates: Pomegranates contain the richest combinations of antioxidants of all fruits and can protect you from free-radicals and chronic diseases. So feel free to enjoy these red pearls with such powerful phytochemical compounds.


 Grapes: Resveratrol, a phytochemical found in grapes, modulates the blood glucose response by effecting how the body secretes and uses insulin. Hence grapes are a good choice keeping its nutritional profile in mind.

Apples: Diabetics should feel free to eat apples. In fact, apples along with blueberries and grapes are especially beneficial for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes according to the American journal of clinical nutrition.

Blueberries: Blueberries get their deep pigment from anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, known particularly to lower the risk of diabetes.Strawberries: Strawberries have low- glycemic index hence it's slowly released in the blood stream as glucose. It can also improve immunity, has cancer fighting ability and increases metabolism, which in turn helps you lose weight.

Guava: It's a great snack for diabetics with a low glycemic index. Guava is very rich in dietary fiber that helps ease constipation (a common diabetic complaint) and can lower the chance of developing type-2 diabetes.

Watermelon: The high potassium content makes watermelon one of best fruits for proper kidney functioning which in turn keep your blood uric acid levels on the lower side. This prevents kidney damage especially if you are diabetic. Also, diabetes can cause nerve damage but lycopene found in watermelon really helps reduce the effect.

Cherries:Cherries like blueberries contain anthocyanins that pump the cells insulin production by 50%. The day is not far when anthocyanins might be the building blocks for new diabetes treatments. So include cherries as a part of your healthy diet.

 Papaya: Natural antioxidants within the fruit make papaya a great choice for diabetics. Diabetics are prone to many ailments, including heart or nerve damage caused by irregular blood sugar levels. A diet incorporating papaya can obstruct future cell damage for a better and longer life span.

Oranges:The flavonols, flavanones and phenolic acid found in oranges, have shown tremendous protective abilities, especially in diabetics. When it comes to glucose metabolism, citrus fruits not only slow glucose update, but also inhibit the movement or transport of glucose through the intestines and liver.

 Being a diabetic should never stop you from eating fruits. The key is to eat a wide variety to keep your body toxin-free benefiting from their important role in detoxification. There is no need for exotic fruits, eating fruits that are fresh, local and in season are best suited for you.

About the Author: Shilpa Arora ND is a renowned Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach. She has to her credit Doctorate in Natural Medicine. She is currently based in Delhi NCR region, successfully running her Nutrition Studio with individual consultations, offering life style programs supported by the most up-to-date clinical research.Disclaimer:The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same

5 Healthy Eating Tips for Diabetes

Eating with Diabetes: How to Better Control Blood Sugar & Weight Loss

Gone are the days of strict diets, forbidden foods, and trips down the sugar-free food aisle. According to American Diabetes Association nutrition recommendations: To eat well with diabetes simply means applying the basic principles of healthful eating.

"Thank goodness I don't need to follow a rigid 'diabetic diet,' limit carbs, and eat every two hours," says Cathy Rogers, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago. "I'm encouraged I can manage my eating without stressing out."

The way people with diabetes should eat is in line with the way every American should eat. "The Dietary Guidelines for Americans dovetail perfectly with the American Diabetes Association's nutrition guidelines," says Angela Ginn, R.D., CDE, education coordinator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Shed a few pounds if you need to. Get and keep your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure in the healthy target zones. As it turns out, your list of healthy eating dos and don'ts isn't really all that long after all.

Start by putting these top five dos -- the ones that give you the biggest bang for your effort -- into action.

1. Rate Your Plate

Take a good hard look at your plates -- the foods you choose and the portions you eat. Rate your plates to see if they measure up. For lunch and dinner, do you fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with starch or grain, and the remaining quarter with a lean protein source? Is there a serving of fruit and low-fat milk or yogurt at the majority of your meals? Do you choose whole grains instead of refined varieties?

"Keeping this healthy-plate visual top of mind will help you employ the number one healthy-eating message from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines: emphasize nutrient-dense foods and beverages -- vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods," Ginn says.

So how do your plates rate? Do you need to serve more vegetables or lighten up on protein? Is milk often missing? Based on your ratings, set a few goals to tweak your eating habits and choose easy-to-conquer goals first. Consider the size of your plates as well. A smaller plate can make smaller servings look bigger. Yes, studies show food psychology works!

2. Rein In Portions

It's simple: Our portions are oversized. This leads to excess calories and extra pounds. Of particular concern, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, are jumbo servings of foods with refined grains, solid fats, and added sugars -- think fried chips, fatty burgers, sugary drinks, pastries, and desserts.

"We've lost our compass to eat reasonable portions because we're being served and are buying big, bigger, and biggest servings of less-than-healthy foods," says Theresa Garnero, APRN, CDE, author of Your First Year of Diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2008) and a diabetes educator who practices in San Francisco.

It's time to downsize extra-large servings of less-healthful foods and upsize servings of foods we're not eating enough of: vegetables, fruits, dairy foods, and whole grains. Start by reducing your portions of less-healthful foods by 5 to 10 percent. You'll barely notice the trimming, but you'll immediately taper your intake of calories, carbohydrate, fat, and sodium. Over time this portion slim-down will improve your weight, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure, Garnero says.

3. Choose Healthy Oils & Fats

Advice about fats has undergone a slight transition due to research that shows eating more monounsaturated and polyunsaturated sources is more important than eating less total fat. The message to limit the unhealthful saturated fats (including trans fats) is particularly pertinent and strong for people with diabetes. Saturated fat is known to increase insulin resistance, the underlying cause of abnormal blood glucose, lipids, and blood pressure in people with prediabetes and type 2.

"An excess of saturated fat along with diabetes ramps up your risks for heart and blood vessel diseases," says Jennifer Stack, R.D., CDE, a diabetes educator and chef at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

You have three goals when it comes to oils and fats:

1. Steer clear of solid fats to minimize saturated fat. Limit cheese, butter, sour cream, and cream cheese -- use low-fat or fat-free versions of these; and eat small servings of lean protein sources.

2. Get more fat from mono- and polyunsaturated sources by using liquid cooking oils from vegetables, nuts, or seeds. Stark suggests stocking three oils for varied purposes and health benefits: extra virgin olive oil for sauteing and salad dressings; canola oil for cooking and baking; and a nut oil, such as walnut oil, to add marvelous flavor and a dose of healthy omega-3 polyunsaturated fats when used to cook foods or drizzle lightly over top.

3. Cut your fat-gram count to trim daily calories. Fat is a dense form of calories, and it gets lost in the sauce. Think dressing on salad, butter on toast, sour cream on a baked potato -- it adds extra calories without bumping up the number of bites. Counting fat grams was a top priority and successful strategy to achieve weight loss in two large, multicenter diabetes studies.

4. Pick Nutritious Carb Sources

We're sipping, slurping, and munching on way too many calories from added sugars. (Sugars are 100 percent carbohydrate.) The biggest culprits: regular sodas, fruit drinks, sports beverages, coffees and teas sweetened or topped with syrups, pastries, and sweets. Add them up and the grand total, on average, is 22 teaspoons a day for adults, according to the American Heart Association. The Dietary Guidelines discourage getting your carbohydrate from added sugars. Instead, get your carb grams from nutrition-loaded sources: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy foods.

Be aware of the Nutrition Facts label. The count for sugars includes all sugars from foods as well as sugars added in manufacturing. Sleuth out added sugars by reading the ingredients -- look for sucrose, corn sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, and fructose. All are loaded with calories and carbohydrate grams, and they offer nearly zero nutrition.

But there's no need to go sweets-free. Try satisfying a chocolate craving with a small square of dark chocolate daily -- with no guilt.

5. Minimize Drive-By Dining


It's certainly possible to order and enjoy healthful restaurant meals, but it's tough to eat out frequently and meet your eating goals. Take stock: How often is restaurant fare on your menu? Think: Can you minimize your count? Try making on-the-run breakfasts, taking brown-bag lunches, or grabbing a healthful frozen entree paired with a salad, fruit, and milk for dinner a few times a week. Research shows restaurants serve up large portions with lots of fat grams and sodium while vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and dairy foods are often missing.

The more you dine healthfully at home, the more successful you'll be. "Cooking at home can be pleasurable and a great way to destress. Preplanning and simple food prep are secrets to success," says Jennifer Stack, R.D., CDE. She prescribes her Simple Six Shopping List to stock your kitchen with ingredients that can be turned into quick meals with minimal effort. Stack's essentials:

frozen seafood

garlic and onions

quick-cooking whole grains

a healthy cooking oil

low-sodium broth

low-sodium/low-fat condiments, herbs, and spices

When you do dine out, choose wisely and order less to control portions and fat grams. Pick your main dish from sides, soups, salads, or small appetizers, or split and share a full-size entree. If you dine out only occasionally, you'll find it easier to fit in a splurge.

Diabetes Control: It's Not by Food Alone

Don't Delay Glucose-Lowering Meds: No one likes to pile on more pills, and it would be nice to think you could control your blood sugar just by adjusting your food choices. But research now shows that when people with type 2 are diagnosed, they have less than half of their insulin-making pancreatic beta cells pumping out insulin. Also, insulin resistance -- the hallmark of prediabetes and type 2 -- is making it tough for the body to use your dwindling insulin supply.

"For these reasons, along with the availability of more type 2 medications that zero in either on insulin resistance or postmeal high blood glucose, there's consensus from the American Diabetes Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists that most people need to start taking a blood glucose-lowering medication when type 2 diabetes is diagnosed," says Theresa Garnero, APRN, CDE.

Don't play the waiting game while your glucose levels remain high and you limit foods containing healthful carbs. Get and keep your blood glucose under control by working with your health care provider to progress your glucose-lowering meds as needed to achieve your target goals, Garnero says.

Get and Stay Active: One of the most powerful antidotes for insulin resistance is exercise. Regular exercise paired with healthful eating can quickly improve insulin sensitivity. This change causes a host of health benefits, from lowering blood sugar and blood pressure to improving lipids. Cathy Rogers, PWD type 2, discovered this effect rather dramatically when she began working up a good sweat on the elliptical and using free weights. Her blood sugar numbers are down, along with her weight. Beyond exercise, she's cut down her portions and resists most sweets.

Finding motivation and making time for exercise are the biggest hurdles. Angela Ginn, R.D., CDE, suggests you plan ahead, have a destination, and get into a regular exercise routine. Choose from a variety of exercises that you enjoy. Make exercise a family affair, or take to the walking path or swimming pool with a friend. Remember: Walking for just 30 minutes most days is what's recommended and the easiest exercise for most people to fit in.

Mobile phone explodes injuring 9-year-old

A nine-year-old boy was badly injured a few days ago, reportedly due to a mobile phone exploding in his face. According to reports, the phone exploded when he picked up an incoming call when the device was charging. He suffered burns on his right hand, face and both eyes. The child is now being treated at the Government Ophthalmic Hospital in Egmore.

According to Waheeda Nazir, director and superintendent of the hospital, the boy, Dhanush, a class IV student from Maduranthakam, came in to the hospital on Saturday morning.

The cornea of Dhanush’s right eye was damaged —Photo: V. Ganesan

Severe injuries

“The incident occurred on Friday night. His parents had first taken him to the Chengalpattu government hospital, from where he was referred to the Government Kilpauk Hospital for the treatment of his burns and then, he came to us. In his right eye, the cornea was damaged and there was a cataract. In his left eye, the globe was ruptured. The injuries are very severe,” she said.

Nirmala Ponnambalam, head of the burns and plastic surgery department at Government Kilpauk Hospital, said the child had suffered first and second-degree burns on his hand and face. “We gave him first-aid and immediately sent him to the ophthalmic hospital for his eyes to be treated,” she said.

Patch from a donor cornea

At the ophthalmic hospital, under general anaesthesia, doctors grafted a patch from a cadaver donor cornea onto Dhanush’s right eye, and gave shape to the globe, she said.

“We also sutured the left eye. At the moment, he has vision up to 3 metres in his left eye, but we have to wait and see what happens with his right eye. After about 15 days, we may operate on the cataract, try and put in a lens, and wait and see if vision can be restored,” she said.

First case

This is the first injury caused by a mobile phone explosion that the hospital has seen.

Dr. Waheeda said people must be warned not to use their phones when they are charging.

The boy suffered first and second-degree burns on his hand and face, said doctors