Preventive Health Checkup – why are these important

We are leaving the life on a fast lane rushing from one thing to another without proper diet, sleep, rest etc. Prolonged abuse of our body system develops into diseases entailing later stage health complications. It is vital to keep a tab on one’s health. Health issues arise gradually over a period of time. Preventive Health Checkup can find the health problem early and the odds of treatment/ cure are better in the early stage. Preventive Health Checkup is one of the ways to ensure one does not spend a fortune for a disease. Cost of medical treatment in the early phase is much lesser than that in the advanced stage. Timely health check raises an early alarm to modify one’s lifestyle.

Simple routine blood test – like sugar, lipid profile (Cholesterol), Liver Function, Kidney Function, Complete Blood Count, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 etc are very effective in understanding one’s body system and take measures. These days Blood test can be easily done at the comfort of one’s homes at a convenient time. Due to economies of scale, these are quite affordable too. To book a blood test please click here.

An introduction to Vitamins

Micronutrients play an important role in running many essential functions in the human body. Vitamins are such vital agents, the deficiency of which has been linked to multiple disorders. Vitamin deficiency today prevails in epidemic proportions all over the county, with majority affected being unaware of their clinical condition till symptoms set in. Vitamins play a significant role in growth and development. Maternal vitamin deficiency affects the growth and development of the foetus.
Vitamins form a major category of micronutrients required for many cellular functions in the body. The members of this family of organic nutrients are many, with each having a multitude of roles to play. Vitamins are a primary requirement for growth and maintenance of body functions. The major source of these vitamins is diet as these are usually not synthesised within the body. Their deficiency prevails at epidemic proportions in India today, with over 70-80% being affected by some form of deficiency. Vitamin could be fat or water-soluble, with each class having a distinct role to play. More than one-third of neonatal deaths are caused by a vitamin deficiency in pregnant women.
Vitamin Deficiency can be easily checked by a simple blood test. To book blood test at the comfort of your home click here.

Get to know Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is an important Vitamin needed for nerve tissue health, brain function and red blood cell production. Vitamin B12 like all other Vitamin B is water soluble. Any excess Vitamin B-12 is discharged from the body in urine and hence is not toxic. Vitamin B12 is found mainly in animal products and milk products. A healthy and balanced diet goes a long way in ensuring the body is not Vitamin deficient. Lack of Vitamin B12 can entail into neurological and brain disorder. Depression, Tiredness, Loss of Memory, Numbness, Weight Loss are few symptoms of insufficient B12. Insufficiency of B12 can cause anaemia too. Symptoms of B12 deficiency can take a long time to show up and diagnosing it can be complex. Elderly people, Vegetarians and people with conditions that hinder/slow the absorption of the nutrients are more prone to have Vitamin B12 deficiency. It is important to find the level of vitamin-B12 in the body. If lesser than the desired level, proper supplements can be taken. There is a simple blood test to measure the level of VitaminB12 in the body. The test can be done at the comfort of one’s home at one’s convenient time.
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Small steps to take care of Heart

Heart pumps blood providing oxygen to all the parts of the body. Strong and healthy heart is the key of happy and healthy living. There are small but useful steps which strengthen the heart. Smoking is not good for body and must be curtailed for a healthy living. Alcohol if taken should be taken in moderation. Activity – any physical activity – brisk walk, cycling, working out , yoga is very useful for heart and body. It strengthens the heart. Healthy and balanced diet with fibers is the key for good heart. Saturated/ trans fats increases the level of bad cholesterol in the body and can clog the arteries. Excess intake of salt may cause variation in blood pressure and must be curtailed. Sleeping a sound sleep as per one’s body requirement is very important. Diabetic and people with genetic issue should take extra care. One must get regular test to keep a tab on vital health parameters. Sugar, Lipid (cholesterol) etc.

Importance of Balanced Diet

You are what you eat. Human body needs nutrients to function properly. Balanced diet provides all the essential nutrients to the body. Poor diet can hinder growth or can entail into obesity and other ailments. Micro-nutrients- Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are needed in large amounts. Micro-nutrients – Vitamins and Minerals are required in small amounts.
Balanced diet has for basic food groups :

  • Cereals, grains, pulses
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Milk / dairy products
  • Fats

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health. Regular workout and balanced diets are two pillars of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle reduces the odds of falling ill. Variety in food adds spice and taste to life and is equally important for balanced diet. There must be a balance between number of calories one takes (IN) and number of calories one burns by physical activities (OUT). It is also important to keep a tab on the levels of vitamins, minerals etc. in one’s body. There are simple and affordable blood tests to check these vital parameters – vitamin D, vitamin B12, Calcium, Iron, and Electrolytes etc.