Myths and Facts About Hepatitis C

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Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. According to WHO, an estimated 71 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection, globally.

This World Hepatitis Day, let’s clear out all the myths and know the real facts about Hep C!

  1. Myth – You know if you have Hep C

Fact – You can have Hep C and not know about it

Since there are hardly any early signs of Hep C, people who have this infection might not know that they have it. People usually discover it when they have severe illness like liver disease and kidney problems.

  1. Myth – There’s a vaccine for Hepatitis C

Fact – There’s NO vaccine for Hepatitis C

People assume that there is a vaccine for Hepatitis C, but in reality, there isn’t one developed as of now.  Though, there are vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, but not for Hep C.

If you or someone you know has Hep C, getting tested and vaccinated for Hep A and B is recommended by experts, as Hep A and B along with Hep C can increase your chances of getting sick.

  1. Myth – Hepatitis is an STD

Fact – It is not a sexually transmitted disease

If you are in contact with an infected person’s blood, then you can get the virus. In very rare case, Hepatitis C is spread through sexual contact. It’s not an STD, and doesn’t spread through fluids like semen and saliva. The virus in these fluids is found in very small amounts, the main reason is blood to blood contact with the infected person.

  1. Myth – Hep C is a death sentence

Fact – Hep C is NOT a death sentence

According to HCVAdvocate.org, 90% of people living with chronic Hep C would have long and productive lives. Only a small percentage would develop some serious liver disease. To manage the virus, it is imperative to go to your doctor for the regular monitoring.

Don’t jump to conclusions when it comes to Hepatitis C! Know all the facts and keep everyone around informed!

Tips To Manage Joint Pains During Monsoon

Blog-image (1)Some people can sense that monsoon is coming because of the pain in their joints.  Although, it sounds strange but weather does really influence joint pain.

The fluctuation in weather can lead to stiffness in the muscles, and can aggravate the pain in the joints. Not only old people, but young people with sedentary lifestyle can also experience severe discomfort in their joints during monsoon.

Here are some tips to prevent these aches and pains:

  1. Exercise – The best way to keep joint pains at bay is through exercise. Regular exercise like walking, jogging can quickly give you relief from joint pains.
  2. Stretch at work – Even if your job involves sitting at desk all day long, don’t forget to get up and walk a few steps, every 50minutes. Since, offices are fully air-conditioned, and such cool environments can also increase the pain. Make sure you get up and move; or you can also do some easy yoga poses at your desk, to prevent pain these monsoons.
  3. Avoid heels – Women who face discomfort in the joints should strictly avoid wearing heels and improper footwear in this season as it can further intensify the pain.
  4. Consume foods rich in Vitamin D and calcium – Cheese, spinach, milk are the superfoods for your joints. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and consume these foods for a healthier life!

Here are some tips for people with Arthritis:

Monsoon can be worse for people suffering with arthritis. It is advisable to go for light and easy food during this time of the year. And messaging with herbal oil can also help to get rid of the pain.

But it the pain doesn’t go away, do consult a doctor as they can help you the best.

Don’t let any pain stop you from enjoying these rains. Take utmost care of yourself and have a happy, pain-free monsoon!

5 Easy Ways To Stay Healthy This Monsoon

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Monsoon is everyone’s favourite, because it provides respite from the severe summer heat. But, unfortunately, it also brings with it a host of diseases!

Following are some preventive measures you can take to stay healthy this season:

  1. Take a shower as soon as you reach home after getting soaked in rain – If you get drenched in rain, it’s important to take a hot shower, to get rid of the germs. Also, avoid entering in an air-conditioned room when you are wet, as you can easily get cold and cough with the change in temperature.
  2. Avoid eating street food – We all crave for hot pakoras and spicy street food in these rains, but the chances of these foods being contaminated are higher in this season. Street food can wait, but your health can’t. So, avoid these foods if you want to enjoy the rains in the best of your health!
  3. Keep your house clean – Viral infections like malaria, dengue, typhoid and cholera are rampant during this season. So, keep your house clean and pest-free, and replace the broken drainpipes as they are the breeding ground for germs.
  4. Wash your hands frequently – We all struggle with seasonal flus and cold at this time of the weather. Therefore, it’s important to wash hands before/after we eat to prevent diseases and infections.
  5. Keep yourself hydrated – Staying hydrated is the solution for all your health problems; as it builds up your resistance to fight infections. Drink at least 10 glasses of water and avoid tea, coffee if you can, and switch to green tea/juices to stay healthy.

If you still get ill even after following all the preventive measures, don’t hesitate to visit a doctor for the treatment! You can also avail Oncquest’s health tests to stay protected against these common monsoon diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Diarrhea and Typhoid.

Stay safe and have a happy monsoon!

Simple Tips To Keep Your Heart Healthy!

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Today’s desk jobs, sedentary lifestyle and workplace pressures escalate stress levels, taking a toll on one’s heart. Not only old people, but youngsters are also prone to these heart diseases.

Here we bring some simple tips to make your heart happier & healthier!

  1. Quit Smoking – This has to be the first step towards a healthier heart! The risk of heart disease reduces by 50 percent, as soon as one quits smoking. WHO also reports that the risk of coronary heart disease in non-smokers is about half that of a smoker’s.  So, before you pick that next cigarette, remind yourself of all the health risks associated with it. It’s high time you take your health seriously!
  2. Watch your weight – Being overweight can double your risk of heart diseases. So, get up, move a little – take stairs instead of lifts, stick to a healthy, balanced diet and be physically active. Don’t lose those extra kilos for anyone but you; your heart will thank you later!
  3. Don’t sit for too long – Sitting for long hours at one place can increase your risk of various diseases, including heart ailments. Even if your job involves sitting all day, don’t forget to get up and go for a walk every hour.
  4. Get enough sleep – No matter what your age is, getting enough sleep is the key to keep your heart healthy! 7-8 hours of sleep is imperative to keep all cardiovascular diseases at bay!
  5. Look after your mental health – Depression is not taken seriously in our country, but the truth is that people with depression have a higher chance of heart diseases. Therefore, look after your mental health, if you feel stressed, talk to your family/friends. Don’t let depression become a threat to your health.

Take care of yourself and let your heart be happy!

Tips for Diabetics To Deal With Summer

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Heat and humidity majorly affect people with chronic diseases! And if you have diabetes, the situation gets worsen in the summer.

Follow these tips for a stress-less summer!

  1. Stay hydrated – Dehydration can happen on these very hot summer days whether you have diabetes or not. But if you have diabetes, you need to be extra careful about your liquid intake. Keep yourself fully hydrated by drinking at least 10-12 glasses of water every day.
  2. Check blood glucose levels regularly – Summer heat can make your blood glucose levels to fluctuate. Don’t forget to carry lots of liquid and snacks wherever you go. It’s more important than ever in these summers!
  3. Don’t ignore the signs of heat exhaustion – People with diabetes are more susceptible to heat. So if you are at work, or if you are exercising outdoors, don’t ignore the signs of heat exhaustion. Some symptoms are: headaches, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, fainting, and if you experience these symptoms, don’t think twice before moving to a cooler environment, and seek medical attention.
  4. Do not store insulin in extreme temperatures – Always store insulin or blood glucose meter or strips at a dry, cool place. Don’t ever put them in a freezer on under direct sunlight.
  5. Exercise at a cool place or at moderate temperatures – Don’t exercise under a fan in this dreadful summer, always exercise at a cool place like at an air conditioned gym, or exercise in the evening with moderate temperature.

Diabetes can also have serious health complications, if not taken care of! Keep a track of your diabetes with Oncquest’s affordable Fitness Health Package! Get screened at the comfort of home, and avail the reports online.

Stay safe this season and don’t let summer heat take a toll on your health!

5 TIPS TO QUIT SMOKING

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Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in our country, killing almost 1lakh people every year.

Smoking is an addiction, which can destroy your life in ways you can’t even imagine. If you don’t want to be a slave to nicotine for life, and want to break free, follow these tips.

  1. Challenge yourself – Quitting smoking is a gradual process, it won’t happen overnight. Therefore, set goals which you can accomplish. Give yourself the challenge to not smoke for next 2 days, rather than giving yourself a challenge to not smoke for the rest of your life.
  2. Replace your cravings with healthier options – Whenever you feel like having that next cigarette, replace your craving with something healthy like your favourite fruit, your favourite chocolate or something which you really love. Also, don’t hang out in a smoking-zone and keep yourself away from your smoking circle for a while.
  3. Maintain a piggy bank – The money which you were spending every month on smoking, put all that money in a piggy bank. It will give you a positive motivation towards your goal of quitting smoking.
  4. Seek support – It’s definitely not easy to stop smoking, therefore, talk to your parents, friends about it. Tell them how you are feeling, and ask for their help in this. You can also talk to people who have successfully quit smoking or who are trying like you to quit it.
  5. Remember the reason why you started at the first place – When it gets tougher to quit, keep remembering why you started on this path of quitting. Also, you can make a list of things which can improve in your life if you quit smoking, like a healthier lifestyle, healthy lungs and a more meaningful life. Remember the benefits and don’t stop midway.

As soon as you quit, your body starts repairing the damage you did to yourself.  Quitting smoking can make a drastic improvement to your health! Give it a try for yourself!

 

Foods To Avoid This Summer

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June is approaching, and the temperature is set to soar further. In this summer heat, one must know what to eat and WHAT NOT TO EAT, to stay healthy and fit!

We bring you a list of few things which must be avoided in this summer heat.

  1. Spices and chillies – No matter how much a spice-lover you are, the more the consumption of species and chillies in this summer heat, the more the risk of summer problems. These things generate a lot of heat inside the body, increase the metabolism rate, and can also hamper the effect of anything cool that you eat.

So, try and avoid spice for a month or two!

  1. Caffeine –People depend on tea and coffee to function properly throughout the day, but do you know that these are bad, especially in this weather? Caffeine generates excess of heat in the body. Try going for other cool drinks like coconut water, lemonade to stay cool and active.
  2. Alcohol – Do your body a favour by staying away from alcohol during the peak of summer. It might feel great sipping a glass of drink after a tiring day, but it is harming your body in ways you can’t imagine. In fact, alcohol increases so much heat in your body that it can also lead to a heat stroke. So, summers and alcohol are a big no-no.
  3. Fried food – Who doesn’t love chai and pakoras? Everyone does! But one must resist these in summers, as they can be your bane. Fried food is also bad for your stomach in this heat, and can be a cause of many problems. Stop your urge for a while and be nice to your body!

With mercury levels shooting to new heights daily, it’s imperative to take utmost care of your health and body!

Blog-image_2 (6)People, these days, highly invest in house, car, education, etc. but a very few bother to invest in their health. It is ironic because if your health is good, you have everything, and if your health is not, you have nothing. Still, people care to invest in other things rather than their own health.

Let’s understand the importance of regular health checkups:

  1. They lower the risk of serious complications which can strike later in your life.
  2. The cost of treatments is rising to new heights in India, and the number of diseases is also on a new high, therefore if you get treated at an early stage rather than an advanced stage, your treatment cost gets lesser.
  3. Health checkups give you a detailed analysis of your health. Even when you are feeling you are absolutely okay, it can tell you about the disease you might be suffering. Remember, a healthy looking body doesn’t always mean that you are absolutely healthy.
  4. The lifestyle which we live these days totally demands health checks. People are always glued to their phones, and computer screens, and you may never know what harm it is doing to your body. A health check-up, in this case, can tell you a lot about what’s happening with your body.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 4 Indians are at risk of dying from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart diseases, lung & respiratory diseases, high blood pressure and Cancers. Investing in health checks is an absolute must in today’s scenario, to take better care of the health! Oncquest’s Fitness Health Package is a simple and hassle-free health package to keep you and your family’s health on track! From kidney function test to liver test to thyroid profile test and blood test & more, this is the most affordable package one can get in the market. Additional benefits are: you can view the reports online; which is a time-saving and stress-free process.

Early detection and appropriate management of diseases can help us lead a healthy life! Go for health tests to lower your risk of diseases as your health is the most invaluable investment you can make!

Top 4 Summer Diseases You Should Look Out For

Blog-image_1 (2)Summer heat brings a plethora of diseases with it!

With mercury levels rising to new heights daily, it is very important to know about these summer diseases so that we can take better care of our health!

  1. Chicken Pox – One of the most common summer diseases, that develops usually in children below age 12. Some of the symptoms of chicken pox include high fever, sore throat, itchy pustules. As chicken pox is highly contagious, one must avoid meeting the infected person as virus can spread easily. If usually happens once in a life, but if it happens again in adults, the symptoms are even worse and take more time to recover.
  2. Diarrhoea – Though Diarrhoea can strike at any point, but in summers, the chances of diarrhoea are doubled. In scorching summers, diarrhoea can especially hit children and young people. One needs to be really cautious in summer to avoid this disease! Drinking unsafe water and eating contaminated food increase the chances of diarrhoea, so avoid eating foods from open stalls and go for fresh food. Also, boil the water before you drink it. All these precautions would help you prevent this problem.
  3. Measles – Measles is also a viral infection, which flares up in summer. Usually this also strikes in children, and if the child gets infected with it, keep him/her indoor and keep him properly hydrated. There are vaccines which help you prevent this disease.
  4. Food Poisoning – Food poisoning is a major summer problem. The risk of contamination from food increases in summer heat, therefore it is important to keep the leftover food in the fridge and then consume it. Milk should also be boiled properly; ensure that all the food which you intake is fresh and properly cooked.

This summer, don’t let diseases haunt you! Stay safe and healthy! Take care!

 

 

Top 6 Foods To Eat This Summer

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Summer is not just the time to change your wardrobe, but also your diet. Check out some foods that you should definitely eat this season!

  1. Curd/Yogurt

Curd is an excellent food for summer as it works as a delicious coolant in this weather. Make curd a part of your daily nutritional regime, and beat the terrible summer heat!

You can have buttermilk or lassi or you can even add fruits in your curd to make it taste better.

  1. Watermelon

Watermelon is another amazing summer food as it keeps you hydrated and energized. Loaded with vitamins & minerals, watermelon helps fight various diseases! Don’t miss out on this juicy and healthy fruit this season!

Remember not to buy the already chopped slices of watermelon by roadside vendors, as it can cause health problems like diarrhoea.

  1. Onions

Onions are magical in summer; they help us stay away from summer infections and diseases, if consumed daily. Eating raw onions also help prevent sun stroke!

Stay away from illness and keep your body cool by consuming lots of onions this season.

  1. Cucumber

From preventing constipation to reducing blood pressure and keeping us hydrated, cucumbers do it all! Additionally, it also helps people with diabetes and arthritis.

Have cucumber slices in your salad this summer and stay as cool as a cucumber!

  1. Green veggies

Green vegetables like Bitter gourd (karela), Bottle gourd (lauki), Ridged gourd (turai) etc. are very essential to have in summer because of their high water content, and also because of their power of fighting various diseases like digestive issues, hypertension, etc.

  1. Melons

Melons are considered to be the favourites of this season. With their high water content, they keep us fresh and refreshed in the scorching summer heat.

Don’t let summers drain you out, munch on these superfoods and stay fresh this season!