Old age is equivalent to knee problems most of the times. Mostly, it is the female population who suffer from the issue because of the excess physical strain which they undergo in their lives. Pregnancy contributes a lot to how a female ages and what problems she might suffer in the late 50’s.
In fact, it is even possible for teenagers of 15 to have conditions like arthritis which might develop into rheumatoid arthritis in the later stage of life. Not having regular physical exercise is one of the starting points of knee troubles. Let us discuss how you can take care of your knees with some basic lifestyle changes.
How are you causing your knee problems?
1. Not Controlling Your Weight
Every pound of body weight yields five pounds of force on the knee (Source)
Being overweight is a bad thing not only for your heart but for your knees as well. Make sure that you do not put on unnecessary weight. Using stairs is a good exercise to lose weight and keep your knees in good condition.
But, if you suffer from knee pain, are overweight, are middle-aged (age wears off the knee tissues and puts more strain on them), exercising can be painful. In such a case, walking on plain surfaces, using treadmills or stationary bikes are great exercises. Taking care of your diet is a better way to control weight.
Often the most understated practices in our health is dental hygiene. Neither we make regular trips to a dentist’s chair nor we like being told how to brush our teeth although it is well documented that oral health has a link to our overall health.
Pregnant ladies are recommended to schedule regular dental appointments to make sure they do not suffer from any gum problems. Gingivitis can grow acute during pregnancy. Other gum problems can lead to preterm or low birth weight infants. Not only gum problems affect pregnant ladies but it can make other health conditions worse.
Dental Hygiene and Relation to Other Diseases
Bad dental hygiene makes it harder to control Blood Sugar levels
Gum inflammation and periodontal disease can make it difficult to control the blood sugar levels and make you prone to diabetes. On the other hand, diabetic people must be careful with their oral health as they are more prone to periodontal diseases.
Bad dental hygiene means more infections and inflammations
There is a link between gum disease and development of rheumatoid arthritis. Gum diseases can also lead to lung infections, especially pneumonia.
Bad dental hygiene leads to Heart Risks
The bacteria which causes gum inflammation can travel to the arteries of the heart through the blood stream. It can cause hardening of the arteries by depositing plaque on the walls leading to thickening of the walls and reduced blood flow which in turn may cause heart stroke.
Let’s understand which are the most common critical illnesses in India?
- Heart Attack
- Kidney Failure which may lead to an Organ Transplant or dialysis
- Various types of cancer
- Burn injuries
If we consider the cost of managing these illnesses, it seems beyond the reach of a common man. Costs of regular dialysis can range between Rs.50 thousand-2 lakhs depending upon the city and the severity of the condition.
If the condition requires a kidney transplant, costs range between Rs.4-7 lakhs. A heart bypass surgery, medically known as CABG(Coronory Artery Bypass Grafting) costs anywhere between Rs.1.3 lakhs to 3 lakhs depending upon the kind of hospital and the city in which you are getting it done.
The above are actually only hospitalization costs. What about the impact of being unable to work due to the recovery process? Is that even considered? The answer is ‘no’! That is not covered by mediclaim. Recovery from a critical illness may take around 2 months or so to actually be fit enough to take the stress of hectic work, travel, etc. If you’ve undergone a kidney transplant, it may take you even longer around 2 to 6 months to recover. If you are the breadwinner for the family, you you may end up exhausting all your lifetime savings in order to make ends meet.
I have been waiting to do this post since ages. Chronic Fatigue is a lifestyle disease of this age. I too am suffering from the same since two years! The irregular office timings, easily available fast food options, lack of time to take care of health, everything culminates into a poor diet and weak body. People hardly have time to go for even a blood test or doctor’s consultation.
Similar thing has been happening to my other half. He had some severe stomach ache for which we had to consult a doctor. She asked him to get some blood tests done. We did everything required but the major issue came when he had to go and give his blood sample after breaking his fast and collecting the reports. Either we would forget or some or the other work would come. It took us two months to just collect those reports and, for the record, the clinic is just 2-3 kms away.
The same scenario is repeating again. I have to get my blood tests done but I am a certified injection screecher and a horrible one at that!! I used to shout when getting pricked for haemoglobin testing. Blood test was a huge step for me. Now, I am used to it but still I like to have someone with me. But, Mr. P hardly has time on weekdays and on weekends we promptly forget our health needs! This when I recalled how Thyrocare had come to our aid a few years back.
Two years back, my father-in-law had booked the appointment for the blood tests collection at our home and the person in charge had promptly arrived a convenient half hour before we all started for work. Thankfully, he was very skilled at taking the blood so it was not much of a hassle. He took all our samples and our reports arrived in two days. We had probably taken one of the Thyrocare Arogyam packages which involves all the major tests. I should do the same this time as well to know the root cause of my chronic fatigue.
Coming back to the real reason behind Chronic Fatigue, any doctor would ask you for a few standard blood tests which you can even get done regularly to just keep an eye on your vitamin and other levels. The doctors I have visited in the past two years have all been saying one thing. There is a marked vitamin deficiency in people around 25-35 which is causing their health issues. So, which blood tests can you done even without wasting your fee on doctor’s consultation.
Okay, here is an interesting question for you to answer. What is the first thing you like to do right after you wake up? Exercise, stretch, make lemon water, fix your coffee pot, check your mails or just fall back to bed. What do I do? Neither of the above. I fix my green tea using Gaia Green Tea bags. Simple and easy!
Once upon a time, I had this cute and easy borosil tea maker which I used to make my green tea. It had a separate tea strainer in which green tea leaves could be placed and infused. And, then, my maid broke it so now I use it to pot flowers which makes it equally useful. But now I am left without a convenient container to make my green tea.
So, when I got these green tea bags, I started brewing green tea again without the hassle of using two or more containers. And, I am back on the healthy beverage wagon. Now, did you know that brewing green tea is an art. The water temperature must be exactly right and infusion must not be more than two minutes.
Also Read : How to make the perfect Green Tea?
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Only last week, Mr. P woke up with acute stomach pain. The pain was so bad that the doctor recommended all the blood and urine tests. They also wanted to make sure it was not a case of stones which is apparently pretty common in summers. The final verdict was a gastritis attack because of eating out.
The lifestyle today has become like that. The office timings, hectic schedules, none of them are helping. The net result is one has to eat out at least one meal a day. The sweltering temperatures are also not helping the body to perform at its best. All of this results in health issues which can get serious if ignored for long.
Making changes in such lifestyle is certainly not easy. The lack of time and motivation and even lack of a measurable metric is a big deterrent. Healthy Living seems a dream unreachable but instead of waiting for an awakening call, it is best to take responsibility for your own health and start today. Small steps go far.
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Secrets to Healthy Living
Wake Up Early
If I wake up at 11 in the morning, I know that my entire day is a waste. Whereas, whenever I manage to wake up at 7, I finish so many tasks without getting tired. Even if I do get tired, there is always an option of an afternoon nap or an after breakfast nap!