Monday October 15, 2018

6 Mistakes that are Making You Unhealthy

Health has been neglected extremely in today's world. This is why health issues have increased worldwide drastically. Find out here which mistakes make you unhealthy.

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In today’s world, everybody is racing against time in order to make it big into the world. Health has been severely neglected. You think you are healthy if you are not having junk food, not drinking too much caffeine, not into the habit of smoking and being just an occasional drinker. Well, it would surprise you to know that you are not completely healthy even then. Well here are some mistakes which most people make when comes to health.  You may find these mistakes trifling for now but they most definitely make their presence known later on by making you unhealthy.

We have recorded 6 mistakes here which takes a toll on your health:

Not Drinking Adequate Water

Almost 60% of an adult human’s body is water. Water is extremely crucial for survival. Due to their fast-paced lives, people are drinking less and less of water. This will definitely turn out to be problematic in the future.  It is absolutely necessary to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day in order to maintain the water level in the body. Not drinking adequate water will lead to dehydration. Dehydration, in turn, leads to dry skin, mood swings, fatigue, and constipation.

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No Proper Exercise

The main purpose of doing exercise is to keep the body fit and healthy.  Proper exercise helps in making the person more energetic and increases the stamina. But people in their hectic lives have less time or no time for exercise. Exercise not only deals with various physical problems like obesity, poor digestion but also with mental problems like depression and stress.  Lack of exercise may make a person lazy, prone to mood swings and also cause various health problems.

Missing Meals

Meals are the main source of energy for our body. If you do not have meals, then you are depriving your body of the much-needed energy. Missing meals is the most common problem that is affecting the health due to the fast lifestyle of people. Various people in the working field miss their meals for some reasons. Skipping a meal is extremely harmful to the body and one should definitely not do it.

Not Having Meals on time

This is an extension to the problem of not having meals. You may think that since you are just having your meal late instead of skipping, your health is not affected. Well, you are wrong. Having a meal at the wrong time is just as harmful as not having a meal at all.  In fact, research shows that if you have a meal at the wrong time, it can lead to severe indigestion and poor health.

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Not Having Enough Fats

In this health-oriented world, a lot of people don’t consume fat or consume very less fat in order to maintain their body shape. Fat as per the nutrition chart is one of the main source energy. If you don’t give your body enough energy then it could lead to your body not functioning properly.

Lack of Sleep

Due to their fast schedules and need to work at odd hours, people are sleep deprived. When you are sleeping, that is the only point when the brain can take rest. If you don’t give the brain sufficient amount of rest it might lead to the brain not functioning properly. It is necessary to sleep for at least seven hours in order to give the brain rest and wake up to feel rejuvenated and reinvigorated.

 

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C-Section Births Doubles In Number, Reaching Epidemic Proportions: Doctors

C-section is a type of major surgery, which carries risks that require careful consideration

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A newborn, one of 12 babies born by C-section, cries inside an incubator at the Bunda Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 12, 2012. Several hospitals in Indonesia's main cities performed more cesareans than usual with new mothers hoping a 12-12-12 birth date will bring luck to their newborns. VOA

Worldwide cesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached “epidemic” proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers.

They said millions of women each year may be putting themselves and their babies at unnecessary risk by undergoing C-sections at rates “that have virtually nothing to do with evidence-based medicine.”

In 2015, the most recent year for which complete data is available, doctors performed 29.7 million C-sections worldwide, or 21 percent of all births. This was up from 16 million in 2000, or 12 percent of all births, according to research published in The Lancet.

It is estimated that the operation, a vital surgical procedure when complications occur during birth, is necessary 10-15 percent of the time.

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The Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital has a high success rate with C-sections. Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo by Chika Oduah, VOA

Varying country rates

But the research found wildly varying country rates of C-section use, often according to economic status: In at least 15 countries, more than 40 percent births are performed using the practice, often on wealthier women in private facilities.

In Brazil, Egypt and Turkey, more than half of all births are done via C-section.

The Dominican Republic has the highest rate of any nation, with 58.1 percent of all babies delivered using the procedure.

But in close to a quarter of nations surveyed, C-section use is significantly lower than average.

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Reasons to opt for surgery

Authors pointed out that while the procedure is generally overused in many middle- and high-income settings, women in low-income situations often lack necessary access to what can be a life-saving procedure.

“We would not expect such differences between countries, between women by socioeconomic status or between provinces/states within countries based on obstetric need,” Ties Boerma, professor of public health at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and a lead author on the study, told AFP.

Jane Sandall, professor of social science and women’s health at King’s College London and a study author, told AFP that there were a variety of reasons women were increasingly opting for surgery.

These include “a lack of midwives to prevent and detect problems, loss of medical skills to confidently and competently attend a vaginal delivery, as well as medico-legal issues.”

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It also identified an emerging gap between wealthy and poorer regions within the same country. Flickr

Doctors are often tempted to organize C-sections to ease the flow of patients through a maternity clinic, and medical professionals are generally less vulnerable to legal action if they choose an operation over a natural birth.

Sandall also said there were often “financial incentives for both doctor and hospital” to perform the procedure.

The study warned that in many settings young doctors were becoming “experts” in C-section while losing confidence in their abilities when it comes to natural birth.

Income a factor

It also identified an emerging gap between wealthy and poorer regions within the same country. In China, C-section rates diverged from 4 percent to 62 percent; in India the range was 7-49 percent.

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Worldwide, more than 11 percent of babies are born premature. Pixabay

While the U.S. saw more than a quarter of all births performed by C-section, some states used the procedure more than twice as often as others.

“It is clear that poor countries have low C-section use because access to services is a problem,” Sandall said. “In many of those countries, however, richer women who live in urban areas, have access to private facilities have much higher C-section use.”

Risks to mother, child

C-sections may be marketed by clinics as the “easy” way to give birth, but they are not without risks.

Maternal death and disability rates are higher after C-section than vaginal birth. The procedure scars the womb, which can lead to bleeding, ectopic pregnancies (where the embryo is stuck in the ovaries), as well as still- and premature future births.

 

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Doctors are often tempted to organize C-sections to ease the flow of patients through a maternity clinic. Flickr

 

The authors suggested better education, more midwifery-led care and improved labor planning as ways of ensuring C-sections are only performed when medically necessary, as well as ensuring women properly understand the risks involved with the procedure.

“C-section is a type of major surgery, which carries risks that require careful consideration,” Sandall said.

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In a comment accompanying the study, Gerard Visser of the University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, called the rise in C-sections “alarming.”

“The medical profession on its own cannot reverse this trend,” he said. “Joint actions are urgently needed to stop unnecessary C-sections and enable women and families to be confident of receiving the most appropriate care for their circumstances.”