May 30th, 2013

How Smoking Affects Skin Health

Smoking shows on your skin too. The precise ways in which tobacco smoke damages or changes skin are not fully understood, though scientific studies have produced evidence about a number of possible ways, such as: Ageing: As people age, their skin also ages. The ageing process is influenced by a number of environmental factors. Sun exposure is the most prominent risk factor for premature ageing. Although it is much less well known, cigarette smoking is also a risk factor for premature skin ageing. Wrinkles: Numerous studies have found that premature wrinkling is associated with smoking. There is evidence that the more an individual smokes, the more the premature ageing effect occurs, so

May 30th, 2013

How Smoking Makes Bones Porous

Osteoporosis affects most of us if we live long enough. To begin with, women have lower bone density than men and smoking causes a significant increase in the risk of bone loss. Dr OP Garg Director Rheumatoarthriti Department BLK Hospital Delhi speaks more about it… Cigarette smoking was first identified as a risk factor for osteoporosis more than 20 years ago. Recent studies have shown a direct relationship between tobacco use and decreased bone density. Analyzing the impact of cigarette smoking on bone health is complicated. On the effects of smoking most studies from worldwide suggest that smoking increases the risk of having a fracture. Not all studies support these findings, but

May 30th, 2013

Smoking Bows Down Women More to PID

Pelvic inflammatory disease occurs with 33 percent more frequency in smokers than in nonsmokers. PID is a painful disease that requires immediate medical intervention and is often a contributing factor in ectopic pregnancies, as well as pelvic adhesions and other fertility problems. Moreover a study conducted by Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle confirms why do PID gets more aggravated in women smokers in comparison to non smokers . Here’s the report… Women who smoke appear to double their risk of getting painful, upper genital tract infections known as pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, says epidemiologist Dr. Delia Scholes, of the Group Health Cooperative of Puget

May 9th, 2013

Prevent Anemia

Anemia is a common but potentially serious illness. While some forms result from a genetic condition, the most common variety is caused by a lack of available iron in the diet. Women and athletes must be especially vigilant to prevent this condition, as prevention is easier than treatment. In this article Guardian Health Chronicle team helps you to prevent anemia. Read on… There are steps you can take to help prevent some types of anemia. Eat foods high in iron: Cereal/breads with iron in it (100% iron-fortified is best. Check food label.) Liver Lentils and beans Oysters Tofu Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach Red meat (lean only) Fish Dried fruits such as apricots, prunes, and

May 23rd, 2011

Relevant Concerns but Didn’t Know Whom to Ask

All women at some point are faced with questions that are intimately linked to their health and wellbeing on which they are clueless. The questions are important, yet they are put on the back burner, because they are not that pressing. The life keeps going on usually and women continue juggling with the multiple roles they play. We get the experts talking on such queries that must have crossed every woman’s mind at one point or another. 1. Is it okay to fudge with my menstrual cycle to accommodate festivals, board meetings, vacations etc? Well, the answer depends on how frequently, do you manipulate your periods. Period delaying pills are made of progestins, the hormone that accompanies

April 29th, 2011

Stay on Top of Your Health

WOMEN play different roles in their life cycle. From a career woman to cook, cleaner, teacher, driver, nurse, and above all mother they carry all roles with aplomb. Such amount of multitasking can even embarrass an efficient juggler but women keep doing it throughout their lives with a grin on face. In all societies women work harder than men (you just need to look around) to find instances, but they don’t accord the kind of priority to their health that they would to their husband’s, in law’s or child’s. Why so? What makes an intelligent diva neglect her health? My Health Guardian enlists three essential things for today’s Woman to stay on top of their health throughout the

February 23rd, 2011

How Stress Affects Women

Modern way of living and stress are interlinked,  but for women stress multiplies, as she has to play multiple roles. The professional persona of the woman is just an aspect of her life. Her roles change the moment she reaches home. From mother, teacher, cook, care giver, warm hostess, efficient home-manager to super seductress….the roles just not seem to end for a woman. Moreover, you can’t discount the professional pressures either, says Dr. Arti Anand, consultant Clinical Psychology at Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi. What is stress? Stress is not always bad. Life would become mundane without some stress. Some levels are essential to keep ourselves alert and motivated. Stress within

June 18th, 2010

Think Before You Slip on Heels

High heels are the ticket to instant transformation for most women. Slipping on a pair of heels is like a fashion statement, which transforms the mundane into magical with never-ending legs, shapely derrieres and swaying legs. No wonder, women swear by these when they want to look and feel the best, never mind the agony their foot withstands. My Health Guardian  writes…. First, a little history, as far back as 1000 BC, women have been wearing high heels to convey social status and sex appeal. The earliest precursors of stilettos were discovered in the tombs of ancient Egypt, and many a French belle wore them under her hoop skirt in the royal courts of the 1600s. In the 1700s, European

May 28th, 2010

How Smoking Hurts Women

Tobacco industry has tried to perpetuate certain myths for its own advantage. One of these is that smoking is an epitome of women’s liberation. Virgina Slims, the largest selling brand of cigarettes for women capitalised on the burgeoning women’s movement at that time with its slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby.”   What women smokers do not know– We know that smoking is injurious to health. What we do not know is that there are many health risks that afflict only women smokers, besides the usual ones—lung cancer and heart disease. In case you use birth control pills and smoke too, there is manifold increase in your risk factors for developing cardiovascular

May 19th, 2010

How Stress Affects Working Women

Stress has permeated our lives. We have learnt to cope with it. But there are times when stress overwhelms our lives, more so for working women who are walking the tight rope of family and professional commitments. An occasional episode is okay but when this becomes a recurrent feature it can result in lapses in judgment, reduced creativity, emotional burnout, and a host of degenerative diseases. The modern urban woman wants to be a multi tasker-an efficient career woman, a loving mother, a caring wife and an active socialite. In this process, she gets stressed without even realizing it. Stress can give rise to gynaecological disorders like endometriosis, infertility, menstrual

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