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World Alzheimer’s Day: Symptoms And Prevention Of Alzheimer’s Disease Dr. Pawan Ojha Dr. Pawan Ojha
21 Sep 2018Array min read

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder which leads to gradual worsening and loss of memory. In later stages, the affected individuals are unable to hold a conversation or respond to their environment.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most under-recognised public health crises of the 21st century. 1-9 people in the age group of 65 years or more, and 1-3 people in the age group of 85 years or more, have been identified to have Alzheimer’s disease.In the earlier stages, memory loss and confusion may be mild, for example, a person may find it difficult to recall recent events or to make decisions. In the later stages, a person may not recognise their family members, may forget relationships, call family members by other names, or face difficulty in locating their home. They may even forget what a pen or a fork is used for. These changes are some of the most painful ones for the caregivers and immediate families. While the existing medications cannot stop Alzheimer’s disease, they may help lessen symptoms for a limited time.Early Warning SignsHere are few early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease:1. Asking the same question, over and over again. 2. Repeating the same story, word-for-word. 3. Difficulty completing tasks or activities that were previously done with ease and orderliness. 4. Money problems: difficulty paying bills or balancing a chequebook. 5. Getting lost in acquainted surroundings, or misplacing things. 6. Disregard for hygiene and grooming: avoid bathing or wearing the same clothes repeatedly. 7. Difficulty making decisions: depend on someone else, such as spouse, to make decisions or answer questions, they previously would have handled themselves.Presence of one or more of these symptoms indicate the need of examination by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders.image2
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Prevention StrategiesThe target of prevention programs in Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is to delay the onset or worsening of symptoms by a few years. This would have a huge influence on public health. The available research evidence suggests that physical activity, intellectual activity and social engagement are the most helpful factors in reducing Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline. Some encouraging results are seen with nutritional, pharmacological and lifestyle modifications. Vitamins and antioxidants don’t have a proven role in reducing the risk of dementia.The ‘National Institute on Aging (NIA)’ encourages the role of exercise to prevent diseases, to maximise independence and improve mobility, while reducing depression. Thirty minutes of exercise to improve endurance, strength, balance, and stretching is recommended. Higher education has a protective effect; mental exercise and training increase “brain reserve”, thereby, delaying or even preventing cognitive decline.The ‘Mediterranean diet’, rich in antioxidants consisting of fresh fruits, plant foods, olive oil, dairy products, fish and poultry with limited amounts of eggs and red meat, is known to provide some protection against cognitive decline. Marital status, participation in social and political events in the community, contact with family and friends also help in delaying or preventing cognitive decline. In particular, people who are single and live alone are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Social activities may protect people against developing cognitive decline.image1 ConclusionAlthough at present, Alzheimer's disease has no cure, but available treatments can temporarily slow-down dementia and its symptoms and improve quality of life. Early recognition of its symptoms and using appropriate strategies to prevent the progression, remain critical in effective management of Alzheimer’s disease.Dr Pawan Ojha is a Consultant Neurologist and Stroke Specialist at Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai.
World Alzheimer’s Day: Symptoms And Prevention Of Alzheimer’s Disease World Alzheimer’s Day: Symptoms And Prevention Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder which leads to gradual worsening and loss of memory. In later stages, the affected individuals are unable to hold a conversation or respond to their environment.
World Alzheimer’s Day: The Link Between Interrupted Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease Anjali Nayyar Anjali Nayyar
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Can we finally give sleep the importance it needs to be given? It’s not just ‘beauty’ sleep anymore - it’s ‘mental, physical, and emotional’ sleep! For everyone whose favourite hobby is sleeping, make sure you save this article and keep it ready for when someone accuses of being lazy. Take that!

[:en]Scientists have found out that disrupted sleep makes one prone to Alzheimer’s, a disease that leads to loss of memory, understanding, and overall mental stability. A new research has found a relationship between poor sleep and the appearance of compounds that cause Alzheimer’s. "We showed that poor sleep is associated with higher levels of 2 Alzheimer's-associated proteins", said David M Holtzman, one of the researchers from Washington University. "We think that perhaps chronic poor sleep during middle age may increase the risk of Alzheimer's later in life", Holtzman noted.Try this - Deha’s Organic Chamomile Green TeaHow does sleep affect the development of Alzheimer’s? The buildup of beta-amyloid and tau (brain proteins) are precursors to Alzheimer’s – this buildup is said to increase in the absence of sound sleep. A research conducted at Wheaton College, Illinois, revealed that sleep disturbances caused by breathing disorders (hypopnea – under breathing, or apnea – not breathing) resulted in the increase of beta-amyloid deposits. One of the Wheaton researchers, Megan Hogan, explains how – “During sleep…your brain has time to wash away all the toxins that have built up throughout the day. Continually interrupting sleep may give it less time to do that”, she said. Moreover, one requires not just sleep, but deep sleep for the beta-amyloids to be washed away. So a lighter stage of sleep, broken by snoring or choking, is a cycle break. The body must restart the cycle again. Repeated cycles do not reach the deep sleep stage, and the protein builds up.You may like - All Naturals Lavender Essential Oilpasted image 0 (2) Can it happen to me? Now, the appearance of the horrifying Alzheimer’s creating proteins is not the result of a one-night stand. Basically, the proteins won’t build up in your brain if you haven’t slept well one night or a few nights. It occurs in people who are unable to sleep night after night – where the airway tract closes fully or partially, interrupting sleep. Also, it would be unwise to deduce that if you are sleeping well, you will not have Alzheimer’s. All these numerous researches are an attempt to understand the connection between sleeping and Alzheimer’s, so that the disease can be managed better.You may also like - Organic Rosemary Essential OilSo take an adequate amount of rest, and hope for the best.[:]
World Alzheimer’s Day: The Link Between Interrupted Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease World Alzheimer’s Day: The Link Between Interrupted Sleep And Alzheimer’s Disease
Can we finally give sleep the importance it needs to be given? It’s not just ‘beauty’ sleep anymore - it’s ‘mental, physical, and emotional’ sleep! For everyone whose favourite hobby is sleeping, make sure you save this article and keep it ready for when someone accuses of being lazy. Take that!
Top 5 Muscles To Work On, For An Injury-Free Life Nikhil Kapur Nikhil Kapur
20 Sep 2018Array min read

I am a wellness entrepreneur and I could never understand how frequent travelling across different time-zones can take a toll on a person’s health. But when I started travelling extensively, I realised how it affects one’s health.

[:en]Amidst frequent and hectic trips, I really wanted to train for a Triathlon. No matter how extensively you travel or how sedentary your lifestyle is- it’s always difficult to find time to engage in fitness activities. This makes us more prone to injuries in our day-to-day life. We all like to stay injury-free, but we struggle to find time for personal fitness. So, I suggest that each one of us should focus on personal fitness. Here are the top 5 muscles that we should work on for an injury-free life: (This list is based on a sample profile. Sample size: 500, male and female ratio: 40:60; age: 35-60 years; lifestyle: sedentary; employed, frequent traveller - by road and by air.)1. Spinal Muscles/Erector Spinae Muscles This is the muscle that holds us upright and also helps in side-to-side rotation. An injury or strain to this muscle can cause back spasms and pain. This bundle of muscle runs along the spine, from the pelvis to the head.image1Here’s how you can strengthen this muscle:

a. Bird Dog Exercise – Start with hands under shoulders and knees under hip. Keep the spine in neutral and extend up hand and leg alternatively, keeping elbow and knee straight. Stay in the position for 5 seconds and repeat 5 times

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b. Extension Curls On Swiss Ball – Lie with your stomach over the ball. Cross the hands over the shoulders and raise up from the chest with spine and neck in neutral position. Count till 5 and hold till you repeat 5 times.

image3sx3GPovIzBNjLNhyhtck1DQ 2. Glutes This muscle is what gives Usain Bolt the horizontal propulsion in every 100-metre race and helps basketball players to go low and then move around with explosive quickness! Glutes are the biggest muscles in our body. Wondering what they are? It’s your booty! Glutes are not only a must for athletic performance but also for a good posture. The reason why people suffer from underactive glutes is their lifestyle. And remember, the old saying – “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” Unfortunately, this is just what happens with your glutes. This is my favourite muscle, because this muscle also helps us keep our back and knee free of pain.image10

a. Glute Bridge – (for maximus) Place both legs on swiss ball, with shoulders and hands on the floor. Now press your heels on the ball and raise up from buttocks, squeezing them tight. Hold till you count 10 and repeat 10 times.

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b. Clamshell Exercise- (for medius) Lie down on one side, with both hips bent to 45 degrees and both knees bent. Now keep your feet together and move the above leg upwards and hold till you count 5 and repeat 10-15 times.

image5skdtn4RGnncagIYta0bD7wg 3. Hamstring Muscles For most of us, Quads are dominant and Hamstrings are weak – this causes unequal pull on the joints and sets the stage for knee injuries. Furthermore, sedentary jobs and frequent travellers who spend most of the day in a seating position, have tight and weak hams.image6 Here’s how you can strengthen this muscle:

a. Swiss Ball Curls - Lie on your back with your calves resting on a swiss ball. Lift your hips off the ground, form a straight line from your feet to your shoulders. Roll the ball towards you, bending your legs and finish with your feet flat on the ball. Roll the ball back to the starting position.

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b. Standing Hamstring Curls – Theraband/Weight Cuffs – Tie a theraband or a weight cuff at ankle and bend one knee back towards buttocks, while keeping the thigh in the same position. Hold till you count 5 and repeat 10 times.

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4. Calf Muscles Calves are also called the second heart of the body, as their main function is to push the blood back to the heart from the legs. In frequent travellers and people in desk job, the function of calves are affected. This can lead to anything, from slight discomfort to severe pain. Other reasons of calf pain can be peripheral vascular disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or even limited range of motion in ankle joint.image9Here’s how you can strengthen this muscle:

a. Calf Stretch (for Gastrocnemius muscle) – Stand with wall support in front, and right leg behind, with knees locked, and heels down on floor. Now bend the front knee to feel the stretch in the leg calf (of the right leg- see picture) and hold for 30 seconds and repeat for 2-3 times.

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b. Calf Stretch (for Soleus) – Stand with wall support in front and left leg behind, with knees in neutral position and heels down on floor. Now bend both the knees and move down to feel the stretch in the leg calf (of the leg that’s behind) and hold for 30 seconds and repeat for 2-3 times.

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5. Rotator Cuff Muscles The shoulders go through maximum mobility. Hence, are also most unstable. A joint with less inherent stability will always depend more on surrounding structures like muscles and ligaments for stability. This means that strong muscles are important to protect less stable joints, like the shoulder and knee, but these joints are particularly susceptible to ligament and muscle injuries, like rotator cuff and ACL tears. I have been working on my rotator cuffs for the past 4-5 years, as this helps me avoid overuse injury due to swimming.image11Here’s how you can strengthen this muscle:

a. Theraband Exercise- Bend the elbow to 90 degrees and tie the band to a door or window at elbow level and pull in slowly for internal rotators and pull out for external rotators. Repeat 10 times on each side.

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b. Rotator Cuff Strengthening On Stomach –Lie on stomach and suspend the hand down from bed as shown below. Now move the hand in upward direction to get forearm parallel to the ground. Repeat for 10 times. Gradually, you can try doing this with light dumbbells in hand.

image13siQIoKrwKVnPszowD1mZXgg Nikhil Kapur is a Tri-athlete, Founder, and Director- Atmantan Wellness Resort. He is also a health council member at Healthhunt.[:]
Top 5 Muscles To Work On, For An Injury-Free Life Top 5 Muscles To Work On, For An Injury-Free Life
I am a wellness entrepreneur and I could never understand how frequent travelling across different time-zones can take a toll on a person’s health. But when I started travelling extensively, I realised how it affects one’s health.
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Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.

[:en]Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.[:hi]Moringa Choco Bites is a smart snack that naturally boosts iron levels and systematically nurtures your body. 100% natural. Free from sugar and preservatives. Provides more than 20% of daily recommended iron and magnesium for high stamina.[:]
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[:en]A heavenly concoction made of raw & pure cocoa butter w/nourishing oils that deeply moisturise & soothe dry skin. It's great for chapped hands, feet, knees, elbows and even lips. Use as belly butter as it helps to prevent stretch marks too![:hi]A heavenly concoction made of raw &pure cocoa butter w/nourishing oils that deeply moisturise & soothe dry skin. Its great for chapped hands, feet, knees, elbows and even lips. Use as belly butter as it helps to prevent stretch marks too![:]
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