Dengue fever progression

Symptoms of mosquito borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya can be confusing. Here is a small guide that explains in simple terms how Dengue progresses.
Dengue almost always begins with Chills, headache, pain upon moving the eyes and low backache. This is followed by severe pain in legs and joints. One of the most marked symptoms of Dengue is headache and pain behind the eyes. Following this, there is a rise in temperature with reddening of eyes. Another typical symptom of Dengue is rashes on the face that appear and disappear. This is followed by swelling of the lymph nodes. Fever continues and drops only to increase again. Rashes appear on legs and hands and cover the entire body except the face.

Dengue requires adequate rest and fluid intake. Since this is a viral disease there is no specific medicine for treatment. Proper diet with enough hydration and rest makes the patient feel better and recover.

It is however important that dengue be diagnosed accurately since the symptoms can be confusing at times. Get yourself tested from accredited and authorised centers and laboratories to be absolutely sure of your diagnosis.

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Top 10 Sources of Hidden Sodium!

Research and studies support that cutting down on Salt Consumption lowers your blood pressure thereby reducing your risk for Stroke and Heart Attack.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 1 teaspoon of Salt per day. Indian foods and spices are slightly on the higher end in Salt content and add to it the high sodium content that we consume through processed and ready to cook foods.

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How much fat does your regular Samosa contain?

The big fat Indian Samosa is devoured by one and all. Each samosa contains about 25 grams of fat which is equal to the calories that is found in one large slab of butter. More important to note is that Samosas brought from roadside and street vendors are usually fried repeatedly in the same oil and contains unhealthy levels of trans fats.
Monitor your total fat and lipids to be sure of your heart health!

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Why Trans fats the worst type of fat you can consume?

Trans fats are linked to raise the LDL cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels.
Regular consumption of foods rich intrans fats increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

What foods should I avoid?
Trans fats can exist in any and all foods that you may consume. If the packet of muffin or chips that you are having does not list Trans Fat as an ingredient, check for partially hydrogenated oil. It is the one and the same and detrimental for your health.
Did you know that the very commonly used Vanaspati or Dalda is a Trans fat?
Next time you grab fried foods like Samosas, Bhaturas and vadas from the street, remember that it is fried in repeatedly used oils and may contain fats that are detrimental to your health.
Doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes are examples of foods that may contain trans fat.

How do you control Trans Fat?

  • Limit how frequently you eat them.
  • Limit commercially fried foods and baked goods made with shortening or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

Be sure to check your lipid profile. Regularly monitoring your total fats will give you an assessment of your cardiac health.

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The myth that is Low Fat

Many processed foods are labelled as Low Fat, right from the packet of your favourite chips or low fat yoghurt or ice cream.
What goes in to these so called Low Fat foods?

  • Artificial colors and sweeteners
  • Added flavors
  • Stabilisers
  • Added sugar and salt
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • High fructose Corn Syrup

Periodically monitoring your lipid profile gives you an overall assessment of fat and helps you control your health better.

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Everyday Healthy foods that have more sugar than you need!

Did you know that you could be consuming healthy foods but they could actually be wrecking your body?
Following are the everyday foods that have almost 2-3 times more sugar than what is recommended for you!

  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Low Fat Yoghurt
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Yoghurt
  • Sports Drinks
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Bread
  • Protein Bars
  • 100% Fruit Juice
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