Thursday, 16 November 2017
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
A nutritious, well-balanced diet along with physical activity and refraining from smoking is the foundation of good health. Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water in the foods you take in while minimizing processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol.
Eating in this manner helps you maintain your body’s everyday functions, promotes optimal body weight and can assist in disease prevention.According to doctors, eating on time and in the right amount is highly required. There are several things that you should never do right after eating. These are:
According to scientists, a cigarette after a meal is extremely dangerous, and it is damaging the whole body, because it is, as they say, as if you smoke 10 cigarettes at once. Also, smoking particularly affects the irritation of the intestines.The digestive system works on the whole body, and nicotine binds with oxygen in the blood, because then it’s more easily absorbed. Scientists warn that a cigarette after a meal dramatically increases the risk of bowel cancer and lung cancer.
2. Drinking tea
When you drink tea after your meal (especially dinner), you let it interfere with digestion.This is because a chemical tannin is present in tea and coffee which interferes with iron absorption. Though the beverages are known to relieve mental and muscular fatigue, they should be consumed only in moderation.
Fruits are considered to be healthy but unfortunately their consumption after any meal (like lunch and dinner) is considered harmful. Eating fruits close to a meal, especially right after a larger meal and combine with other foods, it's held in the stomach too long along with other foods and will rot and ferment in the gut. If you experience indigestion, heartburn, burping and and other digestive discomforts and you blame on the meal - it could be the combination of the food, the fermentation with fruit that causes your upset stomach.
We have often told you to never go to sleep after food. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but there are good reasons for not sleeping right after a meal. While you’re napping, your body is hard at work digesting that last meal, and this can lead to problems ranging from indigestion, weight gain to a possible increased risk for a stroke.
5. Taking a Shower
When you bathe, your surface temperature increases according to the temperature of the water you use. When the water makes contact with your skin, your brain processes this change in body temperature as an immediate need to direct blood to your skin and bring your temperature back to normal. If you use cold water, your blood vessels dilate. As large volumes of blood in your skin dilate to dissipate the excess heat. This in turn causes more blood to flow in your skin, when the blood should actually flow to stomach to aid digestion.
It’s common to lose interest in s*x from time to time, and libido levels vary through life. It’s also normal for your interest not to match your partners at times. However, low libido for a long period of time may cause concern for some people. Low libido can sometimes be an indicator of underlying health conditions.
Here are a few potential causes of low libido in men.
Testosterone is an important male hormone. In men, it’s mostly produced in the testicles. Testosterone is responsible for building muscles and bone mass and stimulating sperm production. Your testosterone levels also factor into your s*x drive.
You’re considered to have low testosterone, or low T, when your levels fall below 300 to 350 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). When your testosterone levels decrease, your desire for s*x also decreases.
Decreasing testosterone is a normal part of aging. However, a drastic drop in testosterone can lead to decreased libido. Talk to your doctor if you think this might be an issue for you. You may be able to take supplements or gels to increase your testosterone levels.
Taking certain medications can lower testosterone levels, which in turn may lead to low libido. For example, blood pressure medications like ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers may prevent Release and erections.
If you’re experiencing these effects of low testosterone, talk to your doctor. They may advise you to switch medications.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is the uncontrollable urge to move your legs. A study found that men with RLS are at higher risk for developing erectile dysfunction than those without RLS. Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man can’t have or maintain an erection.
In the study, researchers found that men who had RLS occurrences at least five times per month were about 50 percent more likely to get ED than men without RLS. Also, men who had RLS episodes more frequently were even more likely to become impotent.
Depression changes all parts of a person’s life. People with depression experience a reduced or complete lack of interest in activities they once found pleasurable, including s*x.
Also, low libido is a side effect of some antidepressants, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Talk to your doctor if you’re taking antidepressants and you have a low libido. Your doctor might address your side effects by adjusting your dose or switching to another medication.
When you’re not feeling well due to the effects of a chronic health condition, such as chronic pain, s*x is likely low on your list of priorities. Certain illnesses, such as cancer, can reduce your sperm production counts since your body focuses on getting through the day.
If you’re experiencing a chronic illness, talk with your partner about ways to be intimate during this time. You may also consider seeing a marriage counselor or s*x therapist about your issues.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience lower testosterone levels. In turn, this leads to decreased s*xual activity and libido. In the study, researchers found that nearly half of the men who had severe sleep apnea also experience very low levels of testosterone during the night.
A more recent JCEM study found that men with low testosterone levels also had lower sleep efficiency. The study concluded that decreased levels of total testosterone are linked with less healthy sleep, particularly in older men.
Testosterone levels, which are linked to libido, are at their highest when men are in their late teens. Men generally notice a difference in their libido around ages 60 to 65, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In your older years, it may take longer to have orgasms, release, and become aroused. Your erections may not be as hard, and it may take longer for your man-hood to become erect. However, medications are available that can help treat these issues.
If you’re distracted by situations or periods of high pressure, s*xual desire may decrease. This is because stress can disrupt your hormone levels. Your arteries can narrow in times of stress. This narrowing restricts blood flow and potentially causes erectile dysfunction. A study in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease supported the notion that stress, separate from psychological symptoms and relationship quality, has a direct effect on s*xual problems.
Treating low libido often depends on treating the underlying issue. You may need to switch medications. If your low libido has psychological causes, you may need to visit a therapist for relationship counseling.
You can also take steps to boost your libido on your own. The following have the potential to increase your libido:
living a healthier lifestyle
getting enough sleep
practicing stress management
eating a healthier diet
Friday, 4 August 2017
Some people love the taste, and some hate it. But there is no debate that coconut water has boomed in popularity over the past decade.
Coconut water is a liquid that is drained from the center of coconuts and then packaged and sold in stores. Some companies add fruit juice or coffee to it.
So what is the truth about this trendy beverage, often marketed for its hydrating benefits and praised as a hangover cure?
Let’s take a look at what the experts had to say.
Is it more hydrating than water or a sports drink?
The research says no. Two studies showed that coconut water on its own provided a minimal difference in hydration in humans, compared with water and sports drinks.
Lisa Drayer, a registered dietitian, agrees with the research. But she said it’s important to consider that the first study was funded by VitaCoco, a coconut water brand, so it was in the best interest of the company.
Also, although this study showed that some participants experienced bloating and an upset stomach from the beverage, the other study’s participants did not have these side effects. If there are negative effects, it’s probably on an individual basis, Drayer said.
“My advice would be to try coconut water before you use it for exercise,” she said.
In terms of helping with hangovers, Drayer said, there is no valuable research that suggests it is any more beneficial than drinking water.
Does it have benefits during pregnancy?
Some websites tout the advantages of drinking coconut water while pregnant. If you’re a rat , it might help protect you against high-fat-diet-induced changes, one study says. But if you’re a pregnant human, you probably shouldn’t use it as a replacement for other foods, Drayer said.
Mom’s sweet tooth may be linked to child’s allergies, study says
“When I look at the nutritional profile for coconut water, it basically has no iron, no protein, hardly any calcium, no omega-3s because it’s fat-free, and no folic acid,” she said. “It’s not a good source of important pregnancy nutrients.”
It’s important for pregnant women to stay hydrated, Drayer said, so if coconut water is going to help them get more fluids, she would recommend it.
Although coconut water doesn’t yield a lot of calcium, eating an entire raw coconut could provide a good amount of the nutrient. But it’s still no comparison to a cup of milk, which has six times as much calcium as a whole coconut and more protein, she said.
What about weight loss?
“I don’t think there’s anything special about coconut water that will help boost your metabolism. If you’re dehydrated, that might slow your metabolism,” Drayer said. “I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for weight loss. In fact, it has more calories than water.”
Coconut waters typically have 5 to 7 calories and 1 gram of sugar per ounce. A lot of people who are watching their weight may not want to drink their calories, Drayer said. But for those who are exercising and feel like they can afford the calories, it shouldn’t be an issue.
There has been some talk on the Internet that drinking coconut water on an empty stomach in the morning can stimulate metabolism, as well as boost immunity and reduce bad cholesterol. Jason Ewoldt, registered dietitian and wellness dietitian at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, said the research would not support this.
“It seems like there’s always some new breaking thing that you have to eat in the morning on an empty stomach to help with weight loss or energy or what have you,” Ewoldt said. “There’s nothing special about coconut water. It’s essentially water with some electrolytes, which you could do in the morning by drinking a glass of water and having a banana.”
Potassium is a mineral that plays a key role in maintaining the body’s heartbeat, muscle contractions, cholesterol and nerve impulses. Coconut water has more potassium than a medium banana.
“When I look at coconut water, the biggest benefit is coming from the fact that it’s a high or nice source of potassium,” Ewoldt said. “But we can do the same thing by eating foods that have a high source of potassium, like potatoes or kidney beans or spinach. It would be a heck of a lot cheaper, and ultimately, we’d be getting a lot more nutrition that just with potassium.”
If you want to kill two birds with one stone nutritionally, coconut water is probably not the way to go.
What about coconut oil and coconut milk?
Coconut oil had a healthy image among “foodies” for a while, often as a central cooking ingredient. A recent report by the American Heart Association shut this down, stating that coconut oil has a higher percentage of saturated fat than butter, palm oil and lard. It referenced multiple studies finding that the oil increases LDL — also known as “bad” cholesterol — which causes heart disease.
Ewoldt agrees with the association’s conclusion and is unsure why some consider coconut oil to be a health food, he said. But he doesn’t think extreme caution needs to be taken. It can be eaten in moderation as an addition to a healthy diet, he said. “Should we be eating it thinking it’s healthy? No.”
People are better off eating foods with unsaturated fats, like avocados and olive oil, he said. Unsaturated fats have been shown to have cardiovascular protective effects.
Coconut milk is also higher in saturated fat and calories, he said. It has much less potassium than coconut water and very little fiber. However, it makes a nice substitution for people who are lactose intolerant, he said.
The verdict on coconut water
Drayer said coconut water has hydrating benefits, but she saw nothing special about it nutritionally, compared with whole foods.
“It can help to hydrate you and make sure you’re meeting your fluid needs,” Drayer said. “But I don’t think there’s anything magical about it. I don’t think there’s anything that you wouldn’t find in whole foods that it contains. And the studies that link it to various health claims certainly haven’t been rigorous enough.”
Ewoldt warned against any assumptions that coconut water may have special health properties, especially if it’s leading to heavy spending.
“Overall, I would say if you’re looking for a different beverage to help with hydration, coconut water can be that beverage. Is it better than drinking water or eating fruits and vegetables? Absolutely not,” he said.
“If you’re aware of the amount you’re drinking coconut water and you’re having a healthy balanced diet, it can be an addition to a diet as anything can. But if you’re looking at it from the point of ‘it’s a magical elixir,’ you’re spending a lot of money on something that’s doing very little.” (CNN)
As newborns, infants and toddlers, we eventually start to learn how to control our bladders. Our brain only knows that when we have to go, it’s time to go, and for many of us, we’ll need to go around 6 or 7 times a day.
After some training we learn to control when we go, and how long we’re able wait before we get to a bathroom. And sometimes we wait a little too long. There may not be facilities nearby, or we’re just too busy. But holding it in isn’t necessarily a bad thing, until it becomes a habit. That’s when problems begin to arise, some more severe than others.
Your bladder can only take so much
Your bladder is only capable of holding so much — roughly two cups of water (16 ounces) — comfortably. For kids it’s even less: only four ounces.
Think of your bladder as a muscle because, well, that’s exactly what it is. When your bladder is overworked, it can affect other things: for example, your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor muscle is what controls whether or not you’re going to keep urine in, or let it out. (Imagine going back to your infant days!) So, you want your bladder to be in great shape.
Your brain won’t know it’s time to go
Believe it or not, the more you put off emptying your bladder, the more it stretches out. Dr. Chamandeep Bali, a naturopathic doctor at the Toronto Naturopathic Health Clinic told the Huffington Post that once the bladder stretches, your brain can lose its ability to know when you have to go.
That critical message your bladder sends to your brain when it’s time to go, can go unnoticed. Which could potentially mean…
You could actually pee your pants!
Now that would be embarrassing, and in my opinion, could possibly be a worst-case scenario. OB/GYN, Lauren Streicher M.D. told Redbook, “As your bladder gets fuller and fuller, there’s a good chance you aren’t going to make it to the bathroom on time.” Yikes!
Many of us have been there: that “just barely made it” scenario, where the bathroom line may have been just slightly too long, after you sprinted to get there. It’s more likely to happen to young children and the elderly, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you if you push your bladder too far. (Cue the adult diapers!)
You could get a Urinary Tract Infection.
About half of all women have had a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) at least once in their lives. These infections occur because bacteria has made its way into the urinary tract, which then causes symptoms like burning, the need to urinate frequently, and pelvic pain, among others.
But UTI’s aren’t actually a direct result of holding in your pee. If you don’t empty your bladder enough, your body becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which can then cause a UTI.
Bacteria can create other problems
UTIs aren’t the only thing that can occur if bacteria makes itself at home in your urinary tract. Different adverse effects can include further infections, fever, pain, cramping, and more. It’s definitely a domino effect.
Save yourself the hassle and just go!
Other organs can become damaged
Your bladder connects to your urinary system, which includes your kidneys. The kidneys create urine from the excess water in the blood stream, and by filtering waste. The Kidney and Urology Foundation says that if urine travels back up the tubes that connect your bladder to your kidneys, it can cause infections and kidney damage.
New York Urologist Alex Shteynshlyuger, M.D. also explained in an interview that in long term cases of holding in your pee, elastic tissue can become damaged and eventually be replaced by scar tissue, which then can cause kidney damage down the road.
Your muscles could stay clenched
Not only will you cause yourself discomfort by holding in your urine, but the muscle doing all the work can end up staying clenched. Streicher explained, “I see a lot of people who come in with lower abdominal pain and think that something is seriously wrong, and one of the things I look for is does the person have normal bladder habits. And a lot of times, they don’t. Well, that causes pain that may stick around for awhile.”
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol will cause you to use the bathroom more and so will coffee and caffeinated drinks because they are diuretics, meaning they can increase urine production. So if you’re worried about having to use the bathroom often — maybe you’re on a road trip, or you’re stuck in a meeting — don’t drink them.
The more holding it in becomes a habit, the more you’re going to see the problems it can create. It’s important to make sure you get to the toilet, not just because of the sheer embarrassment of a potential accident, but because of the fact that some of the health consequences can be very severe. Allow yourself ample time in your day to free your pee, and you’ll be golden in more ways than one.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
A kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is a painful and unpleasant illness caused by bacteria travelling from your bladder into one or both of your kidneys.
It’s more serious than cystitis, a common infection of the bladder that makes urinating painful.
If treated promptly, a kidney infection doesn’t cause serious harm, but will make you feel very unwell. If a kidney infection isn’t treated, it can get worse and cause permanent kidney damage.
Symptoms of a kidney infection often come on within a few hours. You can feel feverish, shivery, sick and have a pain in your back or side.
When to see your GP
See your GP if you have a fever and persistent tummy, lower back or private part pain, or if you notice a change to your usual pattern of urination.
Most kidney infections need prompt treatment with antibiotics to stop the infection from damaging the kidneys or spreading to the bloodstream. You may also need painkillers.
If you’re especially vulnerable to the effects of an infection – for example, if you have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant, you may be admitted to hospital and treated with antibiotics through an intravenous drip.
After taking antibiotics, you should feel completely better after about two weeks.
In rare cases, a kidney infection can cause further problems. These include blood poisoning (sepsis) and a build-up of pus in the kidney called an abscess.
What causes a kidney infection?
A kidney infection usually happens when bacteria – often a type called E. coli – gets into the urethra (the tube which carries urine out of the body) and travels up through the bladder and into the kidneys.
Who’s at risk?
Kidney infections are relatively rare. It’s estimated that one in every 830 people develops a kidney infection each year in the UK.
They can happen at any age, but are much more common in women. In fact, women are six times more likely to get a kidney infection than men. This is because a woman’s urethra is shorter, making it easier for bacteria to reach the kidneys.
Younger women are most at risk because they tend to be more sexually active, and having frequent
s*x increases the chances of getting a kidney infection.
Younger children are also vulnerable to developing kidney infections because they may be born with an abnormality of the urinary tract or have a condition called vesico-ureteric reflux, where there is a backflow of urine from the bladder up to the kidneys.
Can kidney infections be prevented?
You can reduce your chances of developing a kidney infection by keeping your bladder and urethra free from bacteria. This can include drinking plenty of fluids, keeping your private parts clean and treating any constipation.
Sunday, 9 July 2017
Maintaining a trim midsection does more than make you look great—it can help you live longer.
Larger waistlines are linked to a higher risk of heart disease and cancer. Losing weight, especially belly fat, also improves blood vessel functioning.
It’s impossible to target belly fat specifically when you diet.
But losing weight overall will help shrink your waistline; more importantly, it will help reduce the dangerous layer of visceral fat, a type of fat within the abdominal cavity that you can’t see but that heightens health risks, says Kerry Stewart, Ed.D., director of Clinical and Research Physiology at Johns Hopkins.
Here’s how to whittle down where it matters most.
•Try curbing carbs instead of fats.
When Johns Hopkins researchers compared the effects on the heart of losing weight through a low-carbohydrate diet versus a low-fat diet—each containing the same amount of calories—those on a low-carb diet lost an average of 10 pounds more than those on a low-fat diet—28.9 pounds versus 18.7 pounds.
An extra benefit of the low-carb diet is that it produced a higher quality of weight loss, Stewart says. With weight loss, fat is reduced, but there is also often a loss of lean tissue (muscle), which is not desirable.
On both diets, there was a loss of about 2 to 3 pounds of good lean tissue along with the fat, which means that the fat loss percentage was much higher on the low-carb diet.
•Think eating plan, not diet.
Ultimately, you need to pick a healthy eating plan you can stick to, Stewart says. The benefit of a low-carb approach is that it simply involves learning better food choices—no calorie-counting is necessary.
In general, a low-carb way of eating shifts your intake away from problem foods—those high in carbs and sugar and without much fiber, like bread, bagels and sodas—and toward high-fiber or high-protein choices, like vegetables, beans and healthy meats.
Physical activity helps burn abdominal fat. “One of the biggest benefits of exercise is that you get a lot of bang for your buck on body composition,” Stewart says.
Exercise seems to work off belly fat in particular because it reduces circulating levels of insulin—which would otherwise signal the body to hang on to fat—and causes the liver to use up fatty acids, especially those nearby visceral fat deposits, he says.
The amount of exercise you need for weight loss depends on your goals. For most people, this can mean 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise nearly every day.
Adding even moderate strength training to aerobic exercise helps builds lean muscle mass, which causes you to burn more calories each day.
•Become a label reader.
Compare and contrast brands. Some yogurts, for example, boast that they’re low in fat, but they’re higher in carbs and added sugars than others, Stewart says. Foods like gravy, mayonnaise, sauces and salad dressings often contain hidden fat and lots of calories.
•Move away from processed foods.
The ingredients in packaged goods and snack foods are often heavy on trans fats, added sugar and added salt or sodium—three things that make it difficult to lose weight.
•Focus on the way your clothes fit more than reading a scale.
As you add muscle mass and lose fat, the reading on your bathroom scale may not change much, but your pants will be looser. That’s a better mark of progress. Measured around, your waistline should be less than 35 inches if you’re a woman or less than 40 inches if you’re a man to reduce heart risks.
•Hang out with health-focused friends.
Research shows that you’re more apt to eat better and exercise more if your friends and family are doing the same.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
It’s easy for some people to have a cold shower but for others, It can be a struggle.
I mean the idea of being uncomfortable, screaming like a little child and being all dramatic in the bathroom, just makes you ask why? Why can’t I just have my hot bath in peace? Well, you might just want to make a better decision after reading this article. Here are some amazing effect of a cold shower on your health and well-being.
1. Helps with weight loss:
Cold shower helps stimulate brown fat cells, White fat cells are the not so good ones (they are the ones that accumulate when you eat in an unhealthy manner), While Brown fat cells are the healthy fat cells, They help warm you up by creating heat when you are in a cold environment
2. Improves your Hair and skin:
Hot showers dry out your skin but cold showers help our skin by preventing it from losing too many natural oils and help your hair appear shiny, strong & healthy by keeping the follicles flat and increasing their grip to the scalp.
3. It increases alertness: When you jumped into a cold shower, your nerves automatically sends a signal to your brain which makes you extra alert, This helps you focus as it is impossible to think about anything besides “I am taking a cold shower.” Gradually, you apply this to your daily activities and slowly become more focused.
4. Relieves Muscle soreness and decrease recovery time:
Athletes often have cold showers for a long period of time after game or training session, Cold shower improve circulation, and help remove some lactic acid which helps you recover faster.
5. Increase your circulation and Immune system:
Cold showers improve circulation by means of sending blood down to your organs to keep them warm. This stimulation of the circulatory system is great for your overall cardiovascular health and also increases the amount of disease fighting white blood cells, compared to that of those who take regular hot showers.
6. Decreases uric Acid level.
When uric acid increases in your body it accumulates and leads to gout, cold showers helps decrease uric acid level in the body, patients with gouts are encouraged to have long ice bath because it decrease uric acid without having to take drugs.
7. Increases Glutathione:
Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidants, cold shower Increases it and also helps other antioxidants function in a high speed and more efficiently.
8. Depression Relief :
Cold showers stimulate what is known as “the blue spot,” which is the brains primary source of noradrenaline – a chemical which plays a role in alleviating depression.
9. Pain Reliever:
Cold shower have effects on our nerve endings to help reduce pain Cold, body aches, and inflammation.
Everyone wants a better physical and mental health, you should now want to ditch your daily hot shower for a better well being.
Category: Lifestyle Update.
Monday, 19 June 2017
How much sugar is too much for your body? Below are 7 ways your body might be telling you your sugar intake is becoming excessive.
Higher Incidence of Acne on Your Skin
Eating too much sugar tends to wreak havoc on your skin. There is a relationship between a high-sugar diet and severe acne and a high sugar intake tends to result in severe acne issues.
Experiencing Energy Slumps
Especially after eating sugary foods lacking in satiating proteins, fiber and fat, you are likely to develop a pounding headache or feel extremely lethargic. This is because a high sugar diet, rather than a balanced nutritious diet, makes your blood sugar level unstable, with you constantly switching from ‘sugary high’ to ‘lethargic low’. You end up feeling very weak and sluggish throughout the day.
Cavities are more often than not, a glaring sign of a sweet tooth. Cavities are painful and more importantly avoidable, and the key to avoiding them is to brush your teeth well after meals and eat foods that will keep your teeth healthy.
High Blood Pressure
One of the factors that contribute to a diagnosis of high blood pressure is a high-sugar diet. A high-sugar diet can push your blood pressure off the normal threshold. Limiting sugar intake is just as important as reducing your sodium consumption when it comes to a healthy blood pressure.
Exercising is Getting Extremely Hard for You
Whether fat, chubby or even thin, if exercise seems to be getting harder and harder for you to do, a high-sugar diet might be to blame. If you have a high blood sugar level and engage in activities that involve intense effort or physical extension, you’ll likely end up feeling very fatigued and quite miserable. You also tend to get exhausted very easily and quickly while exercising.
Weight gain can be caused by a number of different factors and one of those factors is a high sugar diet. This is because a high sugar diet does not make you feel full (which makes you eat more) and does not compensate for total energy, that is, they do not displace other foods, so they add to your total calorie intake. A high sugar diet also tends to make exercise or physical activity hard, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to burn off the excess calories through that route.
Nothing Tastes As Sweet As It Used To
Eating too much sugar basically bombards your taste buds and eventually this excessive sugar intake causes your taste bud sugar tolerance to build up and increase, as a result you need more and more sugar to satisfy your sweet craving. This is bad and you should at this point cut back (regardless of how tough it might be at first), so that you can lower your tolerance and once again be content and satisfied with minimal sugar.
Category: Lifestyle News.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Be warned. We’re going to talk about two pretty gross things – poo and innards – so if you’re eating something, maybe put it down for a bit. Ok? Cool.
As anyone who has ever suffered from a bout of constipation will surely testify, the experience really isn’t all that pleasant.
However, no matter how badly you’ve been blocked up in the past, you can pretty much guarantee that this guy had it worse.
Surgeons in China have performed a highly uncommon procedure in order to remove 30 inches of a man’s large intestines after a rare condition caused severe constipation to keep building up over a period of several years.
And if you’re wondering what that looks like…
The 22-year-old patient, who remains unnamed, is thought to have been born with a rare condition known as Hirschsprung’s disease. The highly unfortunate condition is caused by missing nerves, which would ordinarily help to squeeze and relax the bowel while passing… erm… turds.
As a result, all that nasty stuff can become backed up and stuck in sufferers’ guts, leading to some pretty horrific complications.
Doctors say the patient in question, treated at the 10th People’s Hospital of Shanghai in eastern China, first developed evident symptoms at a very young age – in fact, his belly swelled up so much that he looked as though he was heavily pregnant.
For a considerable amount of time the man relied on laxatives and other constipation medicines to force his bowel movements, but now a team of experts, led by Dr Yin Lu, have operated to relieve his pain.
Dr Lu was taken aback by the size of his patient’s abdomen, adding it “looked like [it] could explode at any time.” I’ve never really thought of my abdomen as something that could explode – looks like I can add a new entry to my list of neuroses.
The man was reportedly in so much pain due to his bizarre condition that he finally plucked up the courage to go and seek out professional medical help.
After being examined, tests quickly confirmed the young man had astonishing amounts of faeces trapped in a section of his colon (this potential explosion’s just sounding worse and worse, by the way).
He was taken into the operating theatre and underwent a three-hour procedure to have 30 inches of his intestines removed before surgeons stitched it closed at either end. You can imagine why.
Following the operation, surgeons took the opportunity to put the bloated chunk of gut onto the scales and found it to weigh a colossal two stone.
The disease is typically diagnosed in babies and children and causes severe constipation that can lead to a dangerous bowel infection, called enterocolitis if it’s not treated early on.
There’s a happy ending in this case, though. According to Dr Lu, the patient is stable, following surgery, and should make a full recovery.
Categories: Health News.