EAT TO BEAT ILLNESS - Article By Dr. Niti Agarwal
Now is the time to get a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet
tailored for yourself so as to counter your DIABETIC CONDITION.
--> Stick to your diet.
--> Walk at least a mile daily.
--> Keep your skin clean and feet dry.
--> Avoid wearing tight shoes and tight socks
--> Follow proper diet pattern that includes a balance of high protein,
low fat and complex carbohydrates.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY DIET
A food you eat is crucial to virtually every bodily process and function. It is the way
for you to have a healthy body which helps to prevent or promote diseases, sharpen
your mental acuity and above all affects your moods.
Some basic points should be kept in mind before you open your mouth:
--> Eat plenty of fibre, pulses, whole grain (like whole grain flour, breads, fruits and vegetables as they give you the benefit of fiber as well as provide essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins)
--> Cut down your sugar intake. Use sugar for favoring rather then as food. (Avoid cakes, ice creams soft drinks, chocolates, etc.)
--> Cut down consumption of processed foods to avoid extra calories, added refined sugar, addictives.
--> Cook vegetables lightly by steaming and stir frying.
--> Seek Medical Advice early if you cannot control your weight, food intake or if u have Diabetes and cannot control your blood glucose level.
Article Topic: Eat to beat illness
Article Compiled By: Dr. Niti Agarwal
M.B.B.S., M.D DNB (Endocrinology)
Endocrinologist & Diabetologist (Hormone Super Specialist)
INDUS HEALTH, East Delhi.
THYROID MYTHS : Article By Dr. Niti Agarwal
# Myth: If I have a thyroid disease, I will have goiter (enlarged thyroid)
Fact: Not necessary. You may have a thyroid disease in a gland which is normal sized or not visibly enlarged.
# Myth: Only women in their 50s develop thyroid disease.
Fact: Not always.
Women are more prone than men to develop autoimmune diseases and thus the common thyroid disorders. However, both men and women can develop both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
People are more susceptible to developing thyroid disorders during some periods of life including puberty, post delivery and during menopause.
# Myth: If I develop hypothyroidism, I will have to take medicine lifelong.
Fact: It is not always true. Especially if you develop hypothyroidism during puberty, post-delivery or during menopause, the disorder may be transient.
# Myth: All my weight gain is due to hypothyroidism. So, if I take medicine regularly and make my thyroid function normal, I should attain my normal body weight.
Fact: Only 2-3 kg of weigh can be directly due to hypothyroidism. Some is due to slowed metabolism and rest is due lifestyle. So, even if you attain normal thyroid function, you may lose some weight but will need to put in effort to normalise your body weight.
# Myth: If I have Graves’ Disease (Hyperthyroidism) I willl develop bulging eyes.
Fact: It is not always true. In Graves’ Disease, Hyperthyroidism may or may not be associated with Eye disease. In fact, some patients of Graves’ with eye disease may have normal thyroid function.
# Myth: If I have Graves’ Hyperthyroidism, I will have to be on medication lifelong.
Fact: No. Graves’ Disease goes into remission after about 12-18 months treatment.
However, you need to stay under surveillance as it may relapse in some cases. Also, with the advent of Radioactive Iodine treatment, the treatment of hyperthyroidism may be permanent.
#Myth: If I have a thyroid swelling/enlargement (goiter), I will develop cancer
Fact: There are only about 6-8% chances of developing tumor in a thyroid nodule which is made out on examination or on ultrasound. So most likely there is not going to be a tumor.
But still you will need evaluation if the goiter has nodule(s) by means of FNAC or a needle test.
Article Topic: Thyroid Myths
Article Compiled By: Dr. Niti Agarwal
Consultant Endocrinologist & Diabetologist (Hormone Super Specialist) in East Delhi.