ONE IN EIGHT – THE RISK OF BEING A WOMAN

When we ask females what is it likely meant to be a woman, many reply that being a woman means having strength, courage, equality, ability to maintain family and so on. Is it all about? It doesn’t end there, as a women we need to understand our health, our risk factors and our life style. Our health is not just self-wellbeing but also our family and community wellbeing. It is really surprising that being a woman itself is a risk factor for few cancers.

 

One in Eight denotes the incidence of Breast cancer in women. For every 8 women one develops breast cancer in her life time. As per National Institute of Cancer Prevention And Research, for every 2 women diagnosed with breast cancer one succumbs to it in India. Breast cancer has risen to No. 1 cancer in world pushing Cervical Cancer behind.

 

While there are many risk factors which are uncontrollable, equally there are risk factors that can be prevented or controlled which primarily include lifestyle. Staying aware of these risk factors that can be controlled and adopting to good lifestyle can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.

 

High Risk Factors that can’t be controlled:

1. Gender: Even though breast cancer is also seen in Men it is highly seen in women.

2. Age: As age advances women are more prone to breast cancer. Age group 30-60 and above.

3. Familial History: history of breast cancer in mother, sister [first degree relative] or relatives may increase your risk of getting it.

4. Personal History : if you had previous history of breast, endometrium, ovarian, colon cancer you are at high risk

5. Genetic Mutations: Inherited/ defective genes BRCA1 and BRCA 2.

6. Reproductive Factors: Early Menarche and Late Menopause increases the risk by increased exposure to hormones for longer period.

7. High Breast Density

 

High Risk Factors that can be controlled:

1. Obesity: studies suggest that high Fat tissue can increase oestrogen levels there by increased risk of breast cancer mainly in post-menopausal women.

2. High Fat Diet: risk is less in low fat diet women compared to high fat diet.

3. Physical-Inactivity: being physically fit reduces the risk of breast cancer.

4. Alcohol consumption: few studies show that increased alcohol consumption increases hormones mainly oestrogen thereby increasing risk for breast cancer.

5. Hormonal replacement therapy: studies have established that greater risk is associated with Hormonal replacement therapy mainly in women using HRT to treat menopausal symptoms.

6. Recent/ current use of Oral contraceptives.

7. Late Pregnancy: pregnancy after 30 years of age increases risk of breast cancer.

8. Breast Feeding: during breast feed mothers have hormonal changes that delay menstruation and decrease exposure to hormones especially oestrogen thereby reducing breast cancer risk.

 

The more you are aware, the less is the risk, if you can’t control your risk factors they make sure to take control over you. Stay aware, stay healthy.

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Blood Donation Camp 2019

In the blessed memory of Dr. Uma Shankar Tiwari Ji, co-founder of D. S. Research Centre, DS Foundation conducted Blood Donation Camp and Free General Health Check Up on 6th March like every year. This was conducted across the length and breadth of the country at six venues Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.

 

The gift of blood is the gift of life. Blood donation is a generous act. In our Country, someone requires blood every 2 seconds and one donation can potentially save 3 lives. The first and foremost advantage of donating blood is no doubt the exhilarating feeling of saving someone’s life. It helps both the donor and the recipients. It reduces the risk of heart attack and improves cardiac health, replinishes blood, burns calories. Hence everyone should come forward and donate blood and save valuable lives. Come forward, let us make a difference in someone’s life…Let us all make it a huge success.

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Harmony through Ayurveda

The healing methods of Ayurveda teaches how to maintain our health and wellbeing. Health cannot only be absence of sickness .This includes “Prassanna Atma Manah & Indriya” i.e. A Happy or Content state of our Soul, Mind & Senses.
Ayurveda recommends a variety of practical techniques for keeping a Healthy state of body, soul & senses if we can incorporate following few of the steps:

 

• Meditate on a regular basis: Studies are increasingly confirming the genetic changes that occur with regular meditation, which can help restore the body’s homeostasis, including the processes controlling digestion. To achieve maximum benefit, meditate for 20 to 30 minutes, twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.

• Do some form of yoga every morning, or a daily walk.

• Don’t overeat: Ayurveda recommends that we leave one-third to one-quarter of our stomach empty to allow space for our body to easily digest our meal. If we eat food more than our stomach can accommodate, then adequate breakdown of food is not possible leading to indigestion.

• Eat your largest meal at lunchtime: Ayurveda says that our Agni i.e. digestive fire or power is strongest at noon between 12p.m. to 2p.m., so we must have a heavy meal in between this duration. Studies have shown that digestive juices are in high amount during noon.

• Focus on releasing negative emotions: Our emotions influence your digestion. You may get heartburn when you are under stress, loss of appetite when sad, feel nausea before a big exam or presentation. Research show that stress associated with negative emotions can inhibit the normal digestion process and lead to chronic digestive issues.

• Helping respiratory distress: If Respiratory system or cardiovascular system has to be maintained in healthy state one must solve condition of chronic Constipation. Ayurveda states that both are interrelated through Vata dosha.

 

“Applying a paste prepared of Ghee & Rock salt over chest & back will help to ease respiratory distress.”

“Helping Cough bouts: If a person suffers cough bouts wrapping a cotton scarf, sipping Luke warm water also helps.”
The outcome of recommended method of Ayurveda harmonizes Mental & Physical balance, resulting in regularization of Physiological & Metabolic activity in body.

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“WORLD CANCER DAY – 4 FEB 2019“– A DSRC INITIATIVE

World Cancer Day is a landmark annual event observed on February 4 dedicated to raise the awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness, and reduces stigma. We at D. S. Research Centre conducted various awareness programs across all our centres in the country to make the citizens aware about the dreaded cancer. The initiative is to instill hope in the minds of the common people against cancer and make them stronger in the fight against the deadly monster called cancer.

 

At Kolkata, our team organized a rally of around 500 people comprising of 350 school students along with cancer fighters and common people. The Rally was flagged off at 10.30 am from DS Bhawan to ESI Hospital via Kankurgachi and return to DS Bhawan via same route.
The participants of the rally were segregated based on the theme of 4 types of cancers which are Lung cancer, Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Stomach Cancer. The rally was well covered by press and media.

 

Down south at Hyderabad, our team organized a walk at People’s Plaza. The participants numbering around 650+ gathered at people’s plaza by 07:00 am and the walk started from People’s Plaza to Jalavihar water park in the early morning 07:30 Am. The MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre also provided their whole hearted support towards this event and cause. During the Walk, all the participants with great energy and enthusiasm raised cancer slogans like “I am and I will”, “Early detection is better then cure” “I CAN & WE CAN –Kill cancer” etc. After reaching end point point of walk all the participants released orange and white colour balloons into the sky. MNJ Director Dr.N.Jayalatha expressed her gratitude towards D.S. Research Centre management and employees for all support & collaboration in WCD Walk through which we can eradicate the Cancer in the society and make it Cancer Free..!
Team also conducted a drawing competition On Cancer Theme in St.Alphonsus High School, Banjarahills-Hyderabad. Tanuja Giri (DSRC Cancer Survivor) was the chief guest of the activity & she presented prizes for that top 3 winners on World Cancer Day.

 

At the neighbouring city of Bengaluru, a big rally was organized by team with school students at the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens. There was a huge gathering of over 200 students. After the rally, the students flew balloons in the sky to mark the occasion. Morning walkers also joined us in the rally and participated whole heartedly for the cause.

 

At the west of India in Mumbai, team organized a White – A- Thon, where doctors from Sion Ayurvedic Medical College participated in the morning march, Over 150 doctors participated in a White – A – Thon rally march. Placards & Banners were the source & medium to spread the messages about cancer, precaution & prevention.
Team also got associated with government school at Nashik, Maharashtra. The crowd of the school kids made a chain with the message “Together We Can Defeat Cancer” with “I Am & I Will” along with “DSRC logo” & “WCD”. This formation was captured by upgraded technological camera / drone which gave a bird’s eye view. Over 1500 school going kids participated in this activity. It was a huge success with World Cancer Day Organization in Switzerland acknowledging and appreciating the event.

 

At the North-East of the country in Guwahati, a rally was organized for mass awareness against cancer with participation of school children.The program started at 10 am and Venue was Dighuliphukri. Ribbon cutting by some renowned guests followed by starting of the rally by holding of WCD banner and marching to some of the major places of Guwahati. After the rally the guests were felicitated.

 

At Tripura, Agartala…a rally by college students of TIPS (Tripura Institute of Paramedical Sciences) was organized. After the rally, the faculty members visited the Govt. Cancer Hospital to gift the cancer fighters with fruits and goodie bags.

 

At Varanasi, a press meet was organized along with Cancer Fighters and Survivors who have benefitted from our treatment along with the members of the press. It was heartening to see the enthusiasm and eagerness among the attendees to know and spread the awareness against cancer.

 

All in all, a great day to be remembered for the whole year dedicated to the Cancer fighters across the length and breadth of this country with the sole motto of D. S. Research Centre, “Together We Can” – “Defeat Cancer”!

 

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NOTHING CLASSY ABOUT LIFESTYLE DISEASES

Diet and lifestyle are major factors to influence susceptibility to many diseases. The shift in purchasing power and the coming in of technology has changed our way of living. Less physical activity, more availability of resources and no time to spare, we have become preys to some extremely uncommon diseases called “Lifestyle diseases”.

 

They are defined as diseases linked with the way people live their life and their inappropriate relationship with their environment. The onset of these lifestyle diseases is insidious, they take years to develop, and once encountered do not lend themselves easily to cure.

 

Since lifestyle diseases are diseases that are a result of the lifestyle choices that we make, contributing factors are closely related.

 

 Bad diet options

 

 Lack of adequate exercise

 

 Poor posture

 

 Disruption in biological clock

 

 Poor lifestyle choices

 

 Environmental conditions – occupational lifestyle diseases

 

Some of the common diseases encountered because of occupational lifestyle are:

 

 Alzheimer’s disease

 

 Arteriosclerosis

 

 Cancer

 

 Chronic liver disease/cirrhosis

 

 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

 

 Diabetes & hypertension

 

 Heart disease & stroke

 

 Nephritis/CRF

 

There is corroborative evidence that diet and lifestyle is playing a major role in predisposition to various diseases like cancer. Peoples’ diet changed with time with increase in consumption of meat, dairy products, vegetable oils, fruit juice, and alcoholic beverages, and decrease in consumption of starchy staple foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, and maize flour. Diets high in animal products, fat, and sugar resulted in high rates of cancer of the colorectum, breast, prostate, endometrium, and lungs than diet based on one or two starchy staple foods, with low intakes of animal products, fat. These observations suggest that the diet [or lifestyle] of different populations might partly determine their rates of cancer.
While our lifestyles have become more convenient, there certainly is nothing classy about lifestyle diseases. We pay a high price for our press-of-a-button lifestyles. Eventually, we may need to take a step back and relearn how to lead physically active lives, and, in turn, disease-free lives.

 

In the 1970s it was noted that people in many western countries had diets high in animal products, fat, and sugar, and high rates of cancer of the colorectum, breast, prostate, endometrium, and lung; by contrast, individuals in developing countries usually had diet which were based on one or two starchy staple foods, with low intakes of animal products, fat, and sugar, and low rates of these cancers. These observations suggest that the diet [or lifestyle] of different populations might partly determine their rates of cancer.

 

A healthy lifestyle must be adopted to combat these diseases with a proper balanced diet, physical activity and by giving due respect to biological clock. The good thing about lifestyle diseases is that if we do something about them, it is possible to reverse the condition. Listed below are some things that you can do to prevent lifestyle diseases.

• Eat a healthy diet

 

• Engage in moderate exercise (30 minutes every day)

 

• Sit and stand in the right postures

 

• Avoid foods that are high in fats, salt, sugar and refined products.

 

We may conclude that early to bed and early to rise with emphasis on moderate physical labor, supported by fresh and easily digestible food should be the motto to lead a healthy, peaceful life with no disease.

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LIFESTYLE DISEASE & DIETARY MANAGEMENT

Lifestyle disease is a disease associated with the way a person or group of people lives. Lifestyle diseases include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, nephritis/CRF, and stroke and diseases associated with smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.

Several lines of evidence indicate that realistic modifications of diet and lifestyle can prevent most cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and smoking-related cancers, let’s know how.

 

Eat a Healthy Diet & live healthy life.

No specific dietary intakes are recommended for the prevention of chronic diseases. There is, however, a “safe range” of dietary intakes that is advised to maintain general health.
Replace saturated and Trans fats with unsaturated fats, including sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease .Intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are suboptimal in many populations, particularly if fish intake is low and the primary oils (partially hydrogenated soybean, corn, sunflower, or palm oil etc )consumed are low in omega-3 fatty acids. In that case people should intake other source of omega-3 rich food that is flaxseeds, walnut, roasted soybean etc.

Trans fatty acids produced by the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils have uniquely adverse effects on blood lipids. Cardiovascular disease risk are considerably more adverse for trans-fat than for saturated fat. Vegetable ghee, which has largely replaced traditional ghee, contains approximately 50 percent Trans fatty acids. Independent of other risk factors, higher intakes of Trans fat and lower intakes of polyunsaturated fat increase risk of type 2 diabetes also. So choose your fats & oil very carefully. Cold pressed veg oils are healthy.

Total fat intake should be not be more than 20 percent of total calorie.

Ensure generous consumption of fruits and vegetables and adequate folic acid intake. Strong evidence indicates that high intakes of fruits and vegetables will reduce the risk of cancers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes etc. Substantial evidence also suggests that low folic acid intake is associated with greater risk of colon and possibly breast cancer and that use of multiple vitamins containing folic acid reduces the risk of these cancer.
Regular at least two no. of seasonal fruits & 3 servings of seasonal vegetable intake necessary for maintaining general health.

Consume cereal products in their whole-grain, high-fiber form. Consuming grains in a whole-grain, high-fiber form has double benefits. First, consumption of fiber from cereal products has consistently been associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, certain type of cancers and type 2 diabetes because of both the fiber itself and the vitamins and minerals naturally present in whole grains & second higher consumption of dietary fiber also appears to facilitate weight loss & helps prevent constipation.

Every adult should intake eating 3 to 5 servings or more of whole grains every day.

Limit consumption of sugar and sugar-based beverages. Sugar (free sugars refined from sugarcane or sugar beets and high-fructose corn sweeteners) has no nutritional value except for calories and, thus, has negative health implications for those at risk of overweight & sugar contributes to the dietary glycemic load, which exacerbates the metabolic syndrome and is related to the risk of diabetes. WHO has suggested an upper limit of 10 percent of energy from sugar, but lower intakes are usually desirable because of the adverse metabolic effects and empty calories.

So limit your raw sugar intake less than 5 percent of total calorie.

Limit excessive caloric intake from any source. Given the importance of obesity and overweight in the causation of many chronic diseases, avoiding excessive consumption of energy from any source is very important. Because calories consumed as beverages are less well-regulated than calories from solid food, limiting the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is particularly important.

Limit sodium intake. The principle justification for limiting sodium is its effect on blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke and coronary disease.

WHO has suggested an upper limit of 1.7 grams of sodium per day (5 grams of salt per day)
Proper fluid intake. Water is, quite literally, the river on which our good health flows. Water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes our bodies of wastes, and keeps our kidneys healthy.
Many doctors believe that proper hydration can help prevent chronic joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, because water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health. Adequate water consumption can also slow the signs of aging and improve conditions such as constipation, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, dry skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Adult men should drink 3.5litre fluid/day, women should 2.5 liter/day.

 

So healthy food, regular exercise & a regular health checkup should be the ultimate goal to be a super healthy person.

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Lifestyle Diseases

The universal law of adaptation has made us match up with the rapid changes happening around us. Not just the environmental but also the lifestyle and social changes. Life has become very fast. Everybody wants to be in the race and is trying hard to win too. There are many amongst us who desire to have more than 24 hrs in a day. Thankfully that is not going to happen. But it is the time we should all take a pause and think that we are prone now to some silly disorders which were barely prevalent in our ancestors. These are the lifestyle diseases which are a major cause of death especially in the developing countries.

 

Many Cancer patients ask us that why has the incidence of cancer increased off late. The only logical answer I could find out is the lifestyle changes happening around. Also the rate of metastases is so high nowadays making the prognosis very bad compared to what it was a few years ago. Though we cannot ignore the changes happening in our environment which have favored the occurrence of many diseases but it is also our way of living that is further worsening the situation.

 

Certain psychological problems like stress and depression which we usually overlook should be given attention at the right time. Stress related disorders are a major cause of various lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression and Cancer. Stress can lead to changes in your behavior and physiology. Behavioral changes might happen in eating pattern, physical inactivity, addiction like smoking etc. while physiological changes might affect you cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine system. Most of us are happy to take pills throughout their life to pacify their ailments not bothering much about the cause of these problems. It is very important to identify this stress as the root cause of above mentioned lifestyle diseases.

 

Stress can be very well managed with lifestyle modifications, exercise, yoga, time management, diet planning etc. Counseling would also help one tackle stress.

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Cancer Awareness

Ayurveda considers that Cancer is namely the final stage of a chronic imbalance in body constituents. Our body constituents can be influenced by our intake of foods, drinks, our breathing, daily, weekly, seasonal rhythm and our mental condition. When these factors do not correspond to our body constitution (that originates from birth), they will become imbalanced. Their natural relationship will begin to show disturbances.

Factors responsible could be:

• Someone has an improper lifestyle according to his body constitution, his environment and the seasons.

• Someone has improper eating habits/diet according to his body constitution, environment and seasons.

• Toxins from the environment penetrate both mind and body.

• Vitiated doshas, dhatus (tissues) and srotas (channels) are left untreated or wrongly treated.

Detail Study of Risk Factors:

 

Genetic

Recent studies have shown that some types of cancer are genetically predisposed, such as breast cancer and certain types of colon and skin cancer. Individuals with Down syndrome have a greater risk of developing acute leukemia.

Lifestyle

• Smoking- Tobacco is one of the main causes of cancer. It can bring about head, neck, lung, mouth, and larynx & bladder cancer.

• Ultraviolet- Increase the risk of skin cancer

• X-ray beams- X-rays are forms of radiant energy that can penetrate the body and are used to produce medical images, are used in petrochemical industries, nuclear power plants and are also present in space. Prolonged exposure to X-rays can result in cancer of the blood cells or acute leukemia.

• Excessive physical effort.

• Debilitated persons (people suffering from impairments, disease or medical conditions).

• Stress

• Nutrition

• Smoked or conserved foods-These foods contain substances that may lead to stomach cancer, when eaten in excess.

• Fat percentage- Research studies have shown that foods containing less than 30% calories from fat, reduce breast and lung cancer risk.

• Alcohol-Consuming large amounts of alcohol increases the risk of cancer of the esophagus, mouth and throat.

• Spoiled food.

• Frequently eating heavy meals.

• Not eating foods according to your body constitution.

• (Stale) foods that are kept too long.

• Incompatible food combinations.

• Dry foods.

• Vitamins.

 

Chemical carcinogenic substances:

• Asbestos- Prolonged inhalation of asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer and pleural cancer.

• Nickel- Prolonged inhalation of nickel increases the risk of Lung cancer and nasal cavity cancer.

• Other substances: arsenic, aromatic amines, benzene, Chromates, vinyl chloride.

Chemicals used in medicine

• DES:Diethylstilbestrol. In 1970’s DES, a synthetic estrogen, was widely used by pregnant women to supplement the woman’s natural estrogen production.

• Other chemicals: alkyl substances, oxymetholone and Thorotrast (radiographic contrast agent).

 

Viruses:

 

• Papillomavirus- A virus that can cause genital warts and increases the risk of cervical cancer.

• Hepatitis B virus- Might cause liver cancer.

• Epstein-Bar Virus- Causes Burkitt’s lymphoma in Africa and cancers of nose and pharynx.

• HIV.-Might cause lymphoma and cancer of the blood.

 

Parasites:

Some species of parasites are known to cause cancer, such as Schistosoma and Clonorchis. They respectively cause Bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer and bile duct cancer.

 

Cancer is a chronic imbalance of the body constituents. Some types of cancer are definitely curable and some still have poor prognosis. Therefore, developing new forms of treatments for them is an ongoing search. An Ayurvedic treatment will always focus on restoring the balance and the harmony to the body, mind and soul. This is enabled by treating the cause: the imbalance of the constituents. For this there are herbs and specific therapies available. On the road to recovery, maintaining inner balance with adequate rest, faith and hope should be majorly considered.

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Blood Donation Camp & Free General Health Check Up, 2018

In the blessed memory of Dr. Uma Shankar Tiwari Ji, co-founder of D. S. Research Centre, DS Foundation is conducting Blood Donation Camp and Free General Health Check Up on 6th March like every year. This will be conducted across the length and breadth of the country at six venues Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.

The gift of blood is the gift of life. Blood donation is a generous act. In our Country, someone requires blood every 2 seconds and one donation can potentially save 3 lives. The first and foremost advantage of donating blood is no doubt the exhilarating feeling of saving someone’s life. It helps both the donor and the recipients. It reduces the risk of heart attack and improves cardiac health, replinishes blood, burns calories. Hence everyone should come forward and donate blood and save valuable lives.

Come forward, let us make a difference in someone’s life…Let us all make it a huge success.

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World Cancer Day 2018 at DSRC Varanasi

D. S. Research Centre- Varanasi Team observed World Cancer Day with Cancer Fighters at Varanasi Clinic by organizing a Free Counselling on Cancer & Diet on 4th, 5th & 6th Feb 2018 in association with India’s leading newspaper Dainik Jagran. It was intended to increase the cancer awareness in our society.

Our team also created a 3-Dimensional Road Art with help of B. H. U. students to spread the message. Dainik Jagran also gave an opportunity to our Dietitian for a live talk show with its readers at Dainik Jagran office which was a very successful initiative and multiple queries were received by our team.

Highlights:

1. Numerous individuals took the benefit of free counselling sessions and took advice from our Doctors and Dietitian.

2. Many Patients took the medicine from us between 4th -6th Feb-18.

3. Event associated with Dainik Jagran had 3 days coverage on print media.

4. Dainik Jagran gave an opportunity to our Dietitian on a live talk show with its readers in at Dainik Jagran office which was a successful show and multiple diet related queries were received.

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