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Stress Ulcer – What in the World is it?

Stress Ulcer is not caused by the “every day stress” a person undergoes in his work or family. It rather is the manifestation of peptic ulcer because of a prolonged and serious illness. Patients who experience prolonged stay in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) typically get stress ulcers. That does not essentially mean that the facilities in the ICU have caused “Stress Ulcer”. It is because a patient undergoes prolonged stay in ICU because of the seriousness of the illness and whose health is at stake. Patients who have met with accident and have lost lot of blood also get stress ulcer when they are hospitalized. Medications also play a role in getting stress ulcer.

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What is Hypothalamic Obesity

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of hypothalamic obesity, it is better to know what hypothalamus is. It is a small region or part of the brain that is situated just above the brainstem and just below the thalamus. The hypothalamus part of the brain controls such activities like hunger, body temperature, thirst, fatigue, sleep etc., It is nothing but the body’s biological clock that controls everything.

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Prevention of Ulcer

By now we all know what causes Peptic ulcer. Let me recap for you the factors that contribute to peptic ulcer. They are,

  • Genetic – A definitive family history of having Ulcer
  • Excessive alcohol (drinking) and Smoking
  • Use of drugs not prescribed by doctors – Improper dose of antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and blood thinners (aspirin)
  • Infection of Helicobacterium Pylori is also supposed to cause Ulcers.
  • Prolonged illness can also cause stomach ulcer. This is called Stress Stomach Ulcer.
  • Overage – Risk of Ulcer increases with age. Generally it is said that people over 50 have more risk of Peptic Ulcer.

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Is Obesity Linked To Bad Genes?

Is there a single most factor that determines getting obese? Is that factor gene or lifestyle? That is indeed a hot debate in the medical science corridor. There is indeed a disease called Monogenic Obesity that is caused solely because of a mutation in a single gene which is an extremely rare condition. We are definitely not talking about that here, as 20-30 % of the population cannot have that disease. That is just not possible.

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Why your refrigerator is important?

Obesity and the items present in your refrigerator are closely linked. You may be perplexed by this statement and wonder why! Usually the refrigerator at your home is packed with food of your choice. These foods when served to your body, reacts specific to how it is destined to react. Something good to your body does good and something bad for your health harms your health and shows up in your body.

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How does your body become obese?

The popular perception of how the body accumulates fat and one becomes obese, is consuming fat in the form of deep fried items, cheese and other dairy items, eggs (we often blame the yellow yolk), red meat and nuts. This popular notion is partially, if not completely wrong.

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How Smoking and Drinking Causes Stomach Ulcer

We all have a doubt if smoking and drinking alcohol have the potential to cause stomach ulcer. Yes, they both have. First and foremost, it is common knowledge that people, who smoke, consume alcohol and people who consume alcohol, do smoke. People who are exception to this rule are indeed present and our point is, even if you are habituated to any one of these, you run an increased risk of getting stomach ulcer.

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