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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.