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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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The Psychological Issues caused by Obesity

American Society of Gastroenterologist and WHO declares Obesity as a disease. As a matter of fact, obesity is the fast growing health issue that has distressed most countries. We think Obesity is only linked to genetic factors. Though there is considerable link to this, it is not fully true. What if you are under constant stress, anxiety and sadness; slowly slipping into even a mild depressed condition? This is where you begin eating more than usual (often referred as binge eating habit). Consequently, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, it adds to this problem. Obesity and our mental state are close cousins. As a result, they begin showing stark psychological issues of obesity.

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Diagnosis of Ulcer

In the last post we emphasized the need to rule out any heart related ailments if you have crossed 35 years of age and if your pain is more on the upper left side of the body closer to where your heart is. And we also added that if you have a family history of heart attack, hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes, and over and above if you also drink and smoke, then you get yourself checked for any heart related ailments first.

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Symptoms of Ulcer

Every ailment has a moderate start and peptic ulcers are no exception to the rule. 90% of the people present themselves to the doctor only after complaining of pain. The pain could either be mild / dull or intense or a rather slowly progressing pain on the upper abdomen area. Generally a feeling of a heart burn should ring alarm bells. More clearly, if there is a burning sensation or pain somewhere in between the chest and the belly button; it can be signs of ulcer. The burning sensation or pain either lasts for few minutes or can last for few hours. This sensation of course can recur.

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Ulcer – Understanding a Bit More

Ulcer not only affects the stomach lining, the upper part of the small intestine may also receive such ulcers. Ulcer may also occur in Esophagus (food pipe), rectum and other GI parts also. Ulcer to the stomach and the upper small intestine is medically referred as Peptic Ulcer.

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Understanding Ulcer

We all carry a mobile phone. Our phones often receive scratches on its screen as they undergo wear and tear. The advent of scratch guards termed “Tempered Glass Screen Protector”, was indeed a blessing to the mobile phones. There were no scratches whatsoever for the regular wear and tear. It is commonly understood that abusing this tough screen protector deliberately, would absolutely lead to damaging the phone. Now compare this.

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