Posts Tagged ‘Bones’

Tips for healthy bones and joints this winter

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

With the onset of winter, joint pain is inevitable. One needs to take extra care of the joints and bone during low temperatures as the weather can not only exacerbate joint pain but can also causes serious problems if left unattended. Dr. Shailendra Patil, (Joint Replacement Surgeon), Wockhardt hospital, Mumbai shares some simple tips to stay fit this winter.

Healthy bones and joints this winter

With the onset of winter, joint pain is inevitable. One needs to take extra care of the joints and bone during low temperatures as the weather can not only exacerbate joint pain but can also causes serious problems if left unattended.

Any kind of pain in the joints or bone should not be overlooked and an immediate help of an orthopedic specialist should be taken to avoid further deterioration. The cold season not only restricts sunlight, a natural source of vitamin D that provides strength to the bones, but also makes people susceptible to joint aches.


Natural wonder – Brown rice

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

This grain may not look appeasing, but it’s a winner hands-down when it comes to health benefits. Yes, you guessed right! Today’s natural wonder is all about brown rice.

There is a Chinese proverb which says that even the cleverest housewife cannot cook without rice. Billions of people depend on rice for half of their daily calorie intake. However, most of us eat white rice which might not be as healthy and nutritious as brown rice.

What is brown rice?

Brown rice is nothing but the unrefined version of white rice. Unlike the white rice, brown rice is a whole grain with just its first outer (husk) layer removed via the refining process. Since the brown rice still has its side husk and bran, it retains its fiber and most of the vital nutrients. It is this husk and bran which makes it a whole grain, rich in proteins, fiber, manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium and thiamine.


Natural wonder – Salmon

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

And we are back with yet another natural wonder which is packed with Omega-3 acids, can help lower your cholesterol, improve your memory and is a natural anti-depressant! You guessed right – Salmon is what we are talking about!

The health benefits of salmon are too many. This silky, sweet, meaty fish is full of minerals, vitamins A, B and D, calcium, iron and phosphorous. So, bake it, grill it, broil it or eat it raw – but salmon is sure to be a healthy addition to your lifestyle.


Vegans are not prone to fragile bones: Dr. Niraj Vora

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Dr Niraj L Vora, a Bombay University Gold Medallist (in MS Orthopaedics), is an experienced Joint Replacement and Trauma Surgeon practising in Bombay.

Dr Vora has trained extensively in the UK, where he spent 15 years prior to his return to India in 2008. While in the UK, Dr Vora was also involved in the teaching and training of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

On his return, he joined the KDA Hospital in Bombay, where he set up the hip and knee replacement department and, in a short span of 3 years, carried out over 1000 joint replacement surgeries. This is in addition to the 2000 plus surgeries done while in the UK. (

Dr Niraj L Vora, answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive
chat. Read the transcript below.


Don’t say no to cheese

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Here’s why you should be including cheese in your diet:

Great for your teeth: Cheese is extremely rich in calcium, and that’s one important ingredient in making your teeth strong and healthy. Additionally, studies suggest that cheese can reduce plaque and stimulate saliva, thus keeping your mouth clean. Eating certain kinds of cheese such as cheddar, gouda and blue, immediately after a meal is proven to prevent tooth decay. So eat cheese for healthy teeth.  This doesn’t mean you can skip brushing and flossing your teeth!


Feed your bones the right nutrients

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

We all know BONE is one of the important organ that provides support and structures to our body parts. But with age Bones density is lost due to various factors? What is this bone density? Bone is made up of important minerals and vitamins which help to maintain bone strength and prevent from its degeneration and to perform various other important metabolic reaction inside our body. Now days bone diseases are common with age and mostly affecting women than men. Eight out ten women suffer from bone diseases like osteoporosis, osteopenia and osteomalacia. After age of 50 it is very essential that we supply more of bone nutrients to prevent fractures.

How to test your bone minerals?

Science and technology is so advanced that we can do a Ultra sound scan named dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan to test if all the bone minerals are in correct values. This test will help us to predict osteoporosis or osteopenia condition if exits. We can avoid future bone fractures by doing this test.


Importance of minerals: Iron and calcium

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Although they are required in small portions, minerals form an extremely important part of a nutritious diet. In this article, we shine a spotlight on iron and calcium.

Minerals as a food group

Minerals are inorganic elements present in the soil and water. These are absorbed by plants and enter our bodies when we consume these plants. Similarly, animals also obtain minerals from eating plants.

Minerals as a food are classified under micro-nutrients along with vitamins. Essentially we need a small quantity, hence they are also known as trace elements. Minerals cannot be created by the human body and nutritious food is the main source of minerals. Therefore, it’s imperative that we consume a balanced diet from which we get all the different types of minerals. Dietary supplements like multi-vitamin pills also provide minerals.


Health benefits of drinking tea

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Black, green or white, the humble tea does your body good in so many ways.

A hot cuppa!

Tea is good for you because

Loaded with antioxidants: Tea packs in a range of antioxidants that protect your body from the ill effects of pollution and the ravages of ageing.While green and white tea are known to contain a higher percentage of antioxidants, black tea isn’t bad either. If you aren’t tea drinker yet, start now!

Tea has lesser caffeine: OK, caffeine helps you stay alert –but too much of it is bad for you. Coffee has at least two to three times more caffeine. Though dry tea has more caffeine by weight than coffee; more dried coffee is used than dry tea in preparing the beverage, which means that a cup of brewed tea contains significantly less caffeine than a cup of coffee of the same size.


Natural wonder – Oats

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Kick-start your day with a low-calorie, energy giving breakfast to take you through your hectic morning schedule!

Oats and its nutrients:

Oats is a species of cereal grain grown for its seed. High in fibre, while oats are primarily used as livestock feed, it is suitable for human consumption in the form of oatmeal and rolled oats. This grain gains its distinctive flavour from the roasting process it undergoes after it’s harvested and cleaned. This process, however, does not strip it off its fibre and other nutrients.

Oats are high in magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, selenium, magnesium and zinc. It’s a good source of carbohydrates and proteins; in addition it is high in dietary fibre content and is also low fat.


Smoking delays fracture healing

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new study led by an Indian researcher from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania corroborates early evidence showing that cigarette smoking leads to longer healing times and an increased rate of post-operative complication and infection for patients sustaining fractures or traumatic injuries to their bone.

“Cigarette smoking is widely recognized as one of the major causes of preventable disease in the US, but there has been a lack of evidence showing other side effects of smoking, such as how it changes the way our bones heal,” Samir Mehta, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Service at Penn Medicine said.

“Our study adds substantial support to a growing body of evidence showing that smoking presents a significant risk to fracture patients. These risks need to be addressed with the patient both at the time of injury and when considering surgical treatment,” he said.


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