3 facts of Hyperhidrosis 😰

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3 things to know about hyperhidrosis :

1. Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive sweating from the eccrine glands, which is about 4-5 times more than an average person sweating. This condition can harm the life of the individual at the professional, mental and social level. Physiologically, sweating is a normal phenomenon which occurs to regulate the body’s temperature. It is actually, a function of the sympathetic nervous system that causes the sweating. In hyperhidrosis, tremendous sweating occurs in hands, feet, scalp, face and armpits, making it annoying and irritable. This condition affects about 5% of the global population.

2. Hyperhidrosis has no known cause but can be associated with certain medical conditions. So, reasons can be group as :
a.Idiopathic (no known cause)
b.Hereditary factor
c.It can be related to certain medical underlying conditions and due to the intake of certain medications.
d.Specific conditions which can be associated with hyperhidrosis: Obesity, Stress disorders, chronic anxiety, hyperthyroidism and menopause.

3. There is no known cure for hyperhidrosis. Though topical creme and antiperspirant are there, treatments are available to manage such cases quite well. Some treatment options are :
a.Iontophoresis: It is a non-invasive procedure of delivering electric current to the affected body parts like hands, feet or armpit while that particular body part is submerged in water. Though this procedure is common, it has a limited success rate and requires frequent intervention.
b.Botox injections: This method is quite effective but again requires numerous injections and repeated sessions.
c.Sympathectomy: This is a minimal surgical procedure which is used to remove the sympathetic nerves that control the sweating of the affected parts. This procedure is the most effective one.
The cost-effectiveness of each of the procedures can be decided, depending upon the individual’s requirement and severity.

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Osteoporosis is Calcium-deficiency state: A myth 😇

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Osteoporosis is a significant issue, commonly associated with ageing where the bone density is lost, bones become porous, brittle and weak. They are easily prone to fracture with the slightest hurt. Structurally, bones consist of protein, minerals and calcium. Since calcium maintains the structure and density of bones, osteoporosis is considered as the calcium deficiency state. This saying is not always true. People started to consume calcium supplement in excess, which may, in turn, create problems rather than solving the issue. High intake of calcium can increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke by calcification of coronary arteries; there is the deposition of calcium around joints and kidney stones.

The causes associated with osteoporosis can be :

1.Menopausal due to low estrogen level.
2.Vitamin D deficiency
3.Smoking
4. Malabsorption syndrome.
5.Low vitamin K2 level
6.High stress causes high cortisol level
7.Certain medications like steroids.

Knowing that calcium is an integral part of the bone structure doesn’t necessarily mean that weakening or osteoporosis is calcium deficiency. But as mentioned above, it can be due to many other causes or risk factors involved. Consuming calcium supplement in excess can be toxic to the body. Unlike other minerals like potassium and magnesium, which are eliminated by the kidneys when taken in excess, the calcium deposits cannot be eliminated easily by the body. They get deposited in coronary arteries causing high risk to coronary artery diseases, calcium deposits in joints and calcium stones in the kidneys.

Diagnosis of Osteoporosis is made by bone density scan and bone markers.
The treatment is based on the underlying cause and prevention—treatment with biphosphate medications under clinical supervision.

Specific Preventive measures like :
1. Nutrient-dense diet, rich in calcium and vitamin D, K2.
2. Lowering stress by calming the mind with Mindfulness, meditation.
3.Enough sleep


4. Exposure to sunlight for the natural source of Vitamin D
5.Limiting smoking and alcohol


6.Weight training exercises
7. Regular checking of hormone levels.

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Post: 5 reasons why depression is more prevalent in women.

Depression, in medical terminology, is a mood disorder with a persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness and irritability. It affects both the gender. Depression affects approximately 19 million adults age 18 and above every year (source Mental health America). But studies show a gender disparity with women affected more than men.

Women suffer twice the rate more than men.
The age group of girls 14 to 18 years consistent higher rates than boys of the same group.

Depression most common in women in the age group of 25 to 44 years.

5 possible causes;

1Hormonal changes and fluctuation is a contributing factor. Hormonal changes started during puberty increases the risk. Girls attain puberty earlier than boys. Teenage girls suffer more from identity crisis, newly acquired sexuality, coping with parents, and academics.

2.Hormonal variation during the menstrual cycle, premenstrual symptoms may cause irritability, fatiguability and emotional reactivity. But they are mild and short-lived. In some cases can be severe, leading to Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).


3. A different milestone in a woman ‘s life being pregnancy, postpartum phase, perimenopausal and menopause causes the risk to be high. Estrogen level slowly, significantly reduces and progesterone level rises. Progesterone level stimulates the stress hormones more unlike in men. Infertility, miscarriage, unwanted pregnancies also contribute.

4.Psychological causes like women tend to over think, ruminate more causes to negative thinking. Rumination and recurring thoughts can lead to tensions, anxiety, sadness, bouts of crying.

5. Social causes like troubled relationships, divorces, physical/sexual abuse, and societal stress like domestic responsibility, work pressure, low self-esteem. Eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia due to fear, anxiety, social phobia, dissatisfied physical appearance are very common in women.