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Finally Busting Allergy Myths

 

Allergies come in different forms and depending on your body’s immune response, you will encounter different forms as you go along. Maybe you haven’t discovered your allergy yet but this is not the time to relax and ignore facts about allergies. Forget about the myths and try to remember the facts. This article will finally bust most allergy myths so you will be informed better.

Before anything else, it will be a good help if you know what an allergy is. Allergy is actually a condition that can damage a person’s immune response to a particular substance. You have to remember that it varies. You may be allergic to pollen but your sister is not. You can be allergic to cats and dogs but your neighbour is not.

It is crucial that you clear your misunderstanding of allergies. There are many allergy doctors here in Singapore that you can consult if there is a need. Here are some common myths of allergies and its truth:

You will get allergies from furs of your pet

All your life you believe that you are only allergic to the fur of the pet but in fact the culprits are their body proteins, dander and skin – not entirely their fur. The best thing to avoid this is to keep the pets outdoors and if it cannot be helped, at least isolate your bedroom from common areas. You can also secure HEPA filters to safeguard the air around you.

You get allergies from plants around your house

Many people blame plants for their allergies. As a result they cut the plant or tree for bringing such discomfort. This is a myth because even if you cut a plant or tree down, pollens can travel thousands of miles depending on wind current. One best way to avoid this is to schedule outdoor activities early morning or evening because at these times, winds are not that strong.

You get allergies from feathers of your pillow

When you lie down and you begin to sneeze and feel weird, you instantly blame it on the feathers of your pillow when it fact your bed has many allergens that accumulate like mold and dust mites. You have to know that feathered pillows underwent thorough heat washing process – which eliminates protein that can cause such discomfort or problem.

These are just some myths that you should bust as it can affect your life in general. Believing something that is not that accurate is a waste of time and resources. You have to know because it can make a difference at the end of the day.


6 Body Parts Affected in Diabetes Mellitus

 

Based on the statistics provided by the International Diabetes Federation or IDF, Singapore contributed 541,000 cases of diabetes mellitus to the worldwide count of 415 million in the year 2015. As there is no known cure to DM, lifestyle and blood sugar management is of utmost consideration. Medications and lifestyle modifications do not assure the patient a reversion of his or her blood sugar to normal levels. It would take a lot of commitment to comply and another to keep complying. In other words, diabetes mellitus requires a lifetime management.

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It is very important to comply with the management provided by your physician as this general condition could affect any organ in your body when blood sugar levels are uncontrolled. So to inform you more about this disease, here are 6 body parts which could be affected by unmanaged diabetes mellitus:

  • Your heart and blood vessels: Increased levels of blood sugar most likely increase cholesterol levels as well. This could contribute to the formation of plaques which can cause a blockage to any artery in the heart. Also, sugar increases the viscosity of the blood. Clumping may occur which could also occlude small arteries or veins.

 

  • Your kidneys: The filtering capacity of the kidneys could be affected by too much workload brought about by large molecules of sugar or glucose. This could injure the kidney and cause renal failure in the long run.

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  • Your eyes: Since your eyes have minute blood vessels, they can easily be affected by the viscosity and increase in pressure caused by the persistent rise in blood sugar. Glaucoma or even blindness could result when left unmanaged.

 

  • Your feet: One of the most commonly affected organs in the diabetic body is the foot, the toes to be specific. Due to their placement in the human body, pressure that brings blood to them from the heart is lesser. Therefore, when blood pumped is viscous because of sugar, chances are the feet become undersupplied. You may feel numbness or pain. Check any wounds which took so much time healing and try to touch your feet if they are unusually cold. If you have suspicions, tell your doctor about it.

 

  • Your pancreas: The pancreas could be the reason why you have increased blood sugar levels. It might not be producing the right amount of insulin or it might be that there’s nothing at all! Injuries to the pancreas, left unmanaged, could lead to insulin level fluctuations.

 

  • Your liver: Glycogen, the storage form of glucose or sugar, is in the liver. But without insulin or with resistance to insulin, glucose is not absorbed to be used by the cells or to be stored. More glycogen would mean more energy stores – another reason why diabetics fatigue easily.

Awareness of any condition can influence the compliance of a person. Be well informed and be free from the complications of diabetes mellitus!

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7 Steps to Ace Diabetes Mellitus Management

Singapore has the second highest proportion of diabetics, based on a statement released by the International Diabetic Federation (IDF) in the year 2015. It mostly affects the population aging from 20 to 79 years old. Although most appear lean, Asians have more body fat percentage than their counterparts from the West. This increase in incidence of Diabetes cases could be contributed by the continuing development of the country – as development increases, activity levels decrease. Sedentary lifestyle plus high-calorie diets are specifically pointed out.

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Diabetes Mellitus Type II, the most common type of DM, is characterized by the insensitivity of tissues to insulin. As a result, sugar levels in the blood rise. This is influenced by lifestyle factors such as diet, activity, and weight. Familial history could also be a factor.

But since this is greatly influenced by lifestyle, you sure can manage this with lifestyle! So here are 7 steps to help you with the management of diabetes mellitus.

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  1. Get a workup. It you think you’re at high risk for diabetes mellitus because of your activity level, diet, weight, family history, or age, go and see a doctor. Your fasting blood sugar levels would confirm if you are at risk or if you have diabetes mellitus. Also, comply with the rest of your scheduled follow-ups.
  2. Avoid sedentary living. Sitting for at least 4 hours straight is already sedentary. Limiting your level of activity in a day could only store up the glucose in your blood. Doing moderately to vigorously intense activities for at least 150 minutes in a week could help lower your risk to high blood sugar and high blood pressure.
  3. Watch your diet. You can check out recipes and research for the glycemic index of what you eat. It’s not necessary that you stop eating carbohydrates because you would really need them too; just make sure to put them in minimum to avoid overload.
  4. Manage your stress. Because of your body’s response, stress can be a contributing factor to diabetes mellitus. Cortisol, a hormone in stress, tends to have a role in increasing blood sugar.
  5. Get a good night’s sleep. Sleeping is one of the most effective measures to relieve stress. It allows your body to recover in preparation for another day.
  6. Join a group. Not only do support groups help you relieve stress, they also help you learn from others who share the same condition. You might want to try out a new recipe or visit a Zumba instructor your friend just referred to you.
  7. Do not skip your medications. Medication compliance is part of your lifestyle as a diabetic. Every medication you take has a specific action to help you manage your blood sugar and keep you from complications.

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Hands Off: The Dirtiest Equipment on the Gym

Attending the gym has its perks without a doubt but sometimes we have to be careful because there are some dangers lurking around. These dangers are sometimes unnoticeable which makes it more threatening when we think about it. You should know that gyms are sort of gross. Yes, you read it right.

Gyms here in Singapore are clean especially for exclusive clubs but what about ordinary gyms? Ordinary gyms are overcrowded, hot and smell sweat. You go to gym not for the ambiance but for working out. However, you have to be particular of what you hold because lots of equipment hoards harmful bacteria.

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FitRated conducted a research recently and discovered some things worth your attention. FitRated is a review site for gym equipment. It visited myriad of gyms and swabbed bacteria samples from twenty seven different gym facilities. The study revealed disturbing facts that is why it is crucial that you read it and share it to your fellow.

The swapped samples contain negative rods, positive rods, positive cocci and bacillus. The quantifier is Colony-forming Unit (CFU). CFU is used to estimate the bacteria or fungal cells for example. According to the study, here are some of the dirtiest gym equipment:

  • Exercise bike: An exercise bike contains about 1,333,418 CFU. When loosely translated it has thirty nine times more bacteria that your usual plastic reusable tray in the cafeteria. The tray by the way has 33,800 CFU.

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  • Free weights: The next dirtiest equipment is free weights. It has about 1,158,381 CFU. When loosely translated it has three hundred sixty two times more bacteria than your toilet seat. Toilet seat by the way has 3,200 CFU.

 

  • Treadmill: Treadmill is also dirty equipment with 1,333,432 CFU. When loosely translated it has seventy four times more bacteria than your ordinary faucet. Your ordinary faucet by the way has 18,000 CFU.

Now that you have a clear picture of equipment with the most bacteria, it is time to do something. Do not just ignore this equipment because these are also important. The best that you can do is to always remember sanitizing. After hitting the gym, never touch anything unless your hands are clean.

So, the next time you hit the gym, do not forget to bring your sanitizer and share the information to your friends. This is alarming and disturbing thinking that you cannot see it but it can cause serious illness at the end of the day.

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Fun Facts about Coconut Water

Sometimes, drinking water can be a little bland and boring. Instead of going for juices and sodas, a healthy and tastier alternative is coconut water. Dubbed as the ultimate quencher of thirst, coconut water is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients.

Still a bit clueless about coco water, read on to learn more interesting facts about this wonder drink.

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It comes from young coconuts.

The sweet and clear water from coconuts come from the younger green coconut variety. A young coconut may contain about 200 to 1,000 milliliters of water, depending on the size of the coconut fruit.

The perfect age of coconuts to harvest water from is about six months old. Younger coconuts have water that is slightly bitter. Older than six months, the fruit contains less water.

 

Coconut water boosts weight loss.

If you’re striving to lose weight, coconut water may be the missing link to your healthy diet. Coco water is very low in calories and fat but is also a treasure of essential nutrients needed for energy. If you’re on a strict diet, coconut water is also a good appetite suppressor, giving you the feeling of being full.

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Coco water is good for the skin.

Coconut water is not only for drinking. It can also be used as a natural remedy for skin problems like acne and uneven skin tone. It is also an excellent skin moisturizer, making the skin soft and supple. In fact, coconut water is a key ingredient in many skin care products and cosmetics.

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