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Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a particular hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their essential role in the body, even a small hormonal imbalance can cause side effects. Read the following checklist to take note and ensure healthy hormone health.
Dr Anjana Singh, Director, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fortis Hospital, Noida shares more information. Here is some health advice.
Hormonal imbalance is a state when there is a shift in the levels of female hormones like estrogen, progesterone, thyroxine, prolactin and cortisol levels.
A normal shift in their(hormones) levels may occur during a normal menstrual cycle or close to menopause. PCOS and thyroid disorders are the most common forms of hormonal imbalance.
Generalized symptoms include fatigue, irritability, mood swings, fluctuating blood sugar levels, problems in concentrating, sleeplessness and weight gain.
Weight Gain & Facial Hair: This is the commonest forms of hormonal imbalance which results in, abnormal weight Gain and increased facial hair. This also increases hair in areas like upper lips, chin and chest.
Irregular periods: Sometimes resulting in cycle of 60 -90 days with very low flow.
An ovulation leading to infertility.
There is impairment of ovulation due to which one may find difficulty in conceiving
Acne: Increased levels of androgens in PCOD females lead to acne and abnormal weight gain.
Fatigue: It is a common symptom that may occur due to hormonal imbalance.
If progesterone levels are low, they can cause lack of sleep and if very high, can cause increased tiredness.
Hypothyroidism: A situation in which the TSH(thyroid stimulating hormone) is high and T3 &T4 is low can cause fatigue weight gain, backache, hair loss, husky voice, constipation lack of concentration and increased sleepiness
Hyperthyroidism: A case in which TSH is low and T3&T4 are high can cause loss of appetite, weight loss, palpitations, purging of eyes and heart failure.
Estrogen imbalance: Decrease in estrogen levels during monthly cycle triggers mood changes. Females may reach for comfort foods that are high in fat, calories, sugar and salt to feel better. Sadly, all these food backfire and makes females feel even worse. Sodium in such food increases fluid retention and bloating, sugar increases fat and calories leading to back on pounds.
Headache may also precipitate by decrease estrogen levels. Vaginal dryness occurring in the perimenopausal age group also happen due to low entropies.
Low Testosterones: Testosterone through typically a male hormone also has a vital role in females. Low testosterones may cause decrease in libido and sex drive.
Breast changes: High estrogen may cause heavy and lumpy breast and increase in cysts.
Unstable Blood Sugar level: Insulin and glucagon imbalance may lead to abnormal sugar level like diabetes.
Infertility: This is the commonest by product of hormonal imbalance, especially PCOD.
Skin ageing and bone loss: Decreased estrogen levels lead in perimenopause, which leads to skin ageing, makes skin thinner and drier & less elastic.
Mental health issue: Estrogen has a positive impact on the brain by regulating the neurotransmitters, cognition and ability to withstand stress. Decreased estrogen leads to psychosis risk.
Osteoporosis or thin bones: Loss of estrogen leads to thin and weak bones, increasing the risk of fracture in perimenopausal age group.
Breast, ovarian and uterine cancer: Estrogen dominance can lead to cancers in the ovaries, breast and uterus.
It is very important to regulate one’s hormonal levels. Thus, hormonal replacement therapy of the desired hormonal imbalance can really help. Apart from that, leading a healthy lifestyle also helps in overcoming effects of hormonal imbalance. (IANS)
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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