A fine pair of shoes is as essential to your outfit as that steaming, hot cup of morning coffee. But the task of coupling five different looks through the work week can be particularly daunting. Dont fret anymore.
Here’s a guide to sauntering into your workplace in style with an eclectic mix of fashionable footwear to suit every taste and mood from Shashank Arya, Director, DAR Group (for Heel & Buckle London by Berleigh), Rohan Batra, Managing Director, FILA India and Kapil Mahtani, CEO, Tresmode.
* Monday: The beginning of the week is like the first impression; you always want to get it right. Fashionably formal yet comfortable is the way to go. Opt for a snazzy derby in a burnt patina hue with a perforated texture detailing and a lace-up fastening.
* Tuesday: You started the week on a high fashion note & day 2 should be no different. After a frenzied first day, it’s time to get your head in the game and rev through the day. Nothing speaks classic than a simple black pair of shoes. A versatile pair, just right for completing any look, this one is a must feature in every gentleman’s wardrobe, assured to evoke a sense of savoir faire.
* Wednesday: Rise & grind, its Hump day! You got through the worst and now it’s time to power through the rest. Clock in those hours at the office in style but not at the cost of comfort. A pair of loafers is perfect to take you from excel sheets to karaoke night in an instant.
* Thursday: It is throwback Thursday so why not pay an ode to the 1920s shoe game in style. Sport a pair of tasselled loafers in a deep brown tone that are a little work & little play all the way!
* Friday: Thank God it’s Friday! You made it through the week and now it’s time to kick it up a notch. A pair of white sneakers with that casual Friday outfit is the perfect choice to go from formal gatherings to weekend wanderings. (Bollywood Country)
The decision to choose IVF can be a difficult one for many couples. After unsuccessfully trying to have a baby, many couples may feel saddened by the number of negative results on pregnancy tests.
First off, it’s perfectly normal to feel a bit downtrodden when you may see that negative sign over and over again. But you shouldn’t feel defeated, as there are plenty of other options out there to have a baby (or babies!).
One of those options is IVF, which stands for “in vitro fertilization” is a process of medicines and a procedure that implants a fertilized egg in your uterus. Many clinics have high success rates of helping couples.
If you’re thinking about IVF, what are some ways that you can increase your chances and have the best outcome possible? Below are five things you can start doing today.
Increasing Your Chances For IVF Pregnancy
Do Your Research
For starters, you want to become as much of an expert on IVF as possible. Research all the medicine, procedure options, steps, and more so you have a full idea of what is happening. This will not only help you while looking for clinics, but it will also help you understand what the medical professionals are talking about during your appointments.
Look at all the statistics, like success rate, challenges, policies, and doctors in your area. It’s important to find a clinic where you feel comfortable. This is a big procedure for you and your partner, so make sure you both find a place where you can give four thumbs up to.
Mind Your Health
Just like naturally conceiving, there are plenty of steps you can be taking outside of the doctor’s office to best prepare you for conceiving.
That means quitting smoking and heavy drinking (a glass of wine every now and then doesn’t hurt) and eating healthy. Take out the chips and start looking for healthy snacks, exercise regularly, and make sure you’re sleeping enough. Some people even turn to alternative treatments like acupuncture to boost pregnancy chances through IVF.
This is so much easier said than done, but it’s important to maintain your stress levels during this time. A stressful mind and body aren’t optimal for conception and could hurt your chances.
Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D is brought to you by our closest star: the sun. The sun is roughly 50% of our source of vitamin D, with the other 50% being brought by a healthy diet consisting of plenty of fish and vegetables
Studies have shown that women with a low vitamin D count are much less likely to conceive than those who have a high count. You can either supplement your lack of vitamin D through vitamins or injections. You may already be used to needles, so why not throw a few more in the mix?
Continuing with more supplements, DHEA (which stands for dehydroepiandrosterone) are often administered by clinics around the globe and have found to greatly assist those trying to conceive through IVF.
At the moment, doctors do not know exactly why these supplements can help women conceive but they know that they present no long-term risk to either the mother or the baby. Speak with your clinic to see if this is an option for you.
Speak With a Male Fertility Specialist
Even though the majority of these tips have to do with the woman in this case, the man in the relationship can also be taking measures in order to give you your best chance at conceiving.
There are plenty of ways to improve sperm count and health, such as exercise, diet, no smoking, no heavy drinking and more. From time to time, following these guidelines can help the chances of conception. In addition, a specialist can help look at any abnormalities or low sperm amounts and recommend other changes or treatments.
The last thing you probably want to hear is “it will all work out… just be patient,” after being on a multi-year attempt of trying to conceive with no success. But the truth of the matter is that, that’s what you have to do… you have to be patient with the process.
Even though IVF often is successful, it may not work the first or even the second time you try. That means that you and your partner must exercise patience and try to maintain a positive attitude throughout the whole process.
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After several studies revealed that men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, evidence from a new larger research of several thousand patients shows that men have higher concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in their blood than women, a molecule that enables the novel coronavirus to infect healthy cells in men. This may help to explain why men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than women, according to the researchers.
The study, published in the European Heart Journal, also found that heart failure patients taking drugs targeting the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), did not have higher concentrations of ACE2 in their blood.
“Our findings do not support the discontinuation of these drugs in COVID-19 patients as has been suggested by earlier reports,” said study co-author Adriaan Voors from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Some recent research suggested that RAAS inhibitors might increase concentrations of ACE2 in plasma — the liquid part of blood — thereby increasing the risk of COVID-19 for cardiovascular patients taking these drugs.
The current study indicates that this is not the case, although it looked only at ACE2 concentrations in plasma, not in tissues such as lung tissue.
“ACE2 is a receptor on the surface of cells. It binds to the coronavirus and allows it to enter and infect healthy cells after it is has been modified by another protein on the surface of the cell, called TMPRSS2,” Voors said.
“High levels of ACE2 are present in the lungs and, therefore, it is thought to play a crucial role in the progression of lung disorders related to COVID-19,” he added.
For the findings, the researchers measured ACE2 concentrations in blood samples taken from two groups of heart failure patients from 11 European countries.
There were 1,485 men and 537 women in the first group, the index cohort, which was designed to test the researchers’ hypotheses and research questions. Then the researchers validated their findings in the second group of 1,123 men and 575 women, the validation cohort.
The research team assessed the number of clinical factors that could play a role in ACE2 concentrations, including the use of ACE inhibitors, a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and coronary artery by-pass graft.
They found that male sex was the strongest predictor of elevated ACE2 concentrations. ACE2 is found not only in the lungs, but also the heart, kidneys and the tissues lining blood vessels, and there are particularly high levels in the testes.
The researchers speculate that its regulation in the testes might partially explain higher ACE2 concentrations in men, and why men are more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Last month, the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, found that men are more than twice as likely to die from the disease as compared to women.
Another study from the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine showed that males over 50 with non-communicable chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease are at greater risk of death from coronavirus. (IANS)