World Tuberculosis Day - "Unite to End TB"

On 24 March every year, we celebrate the World Tuberculosis Day. This day marks an opportunity for us to support tuberculosis (TB) awareness, prevention, and care efforts and to focus on the theme of "Unite to End TB”. From 2016, WHO has initiated a campaign for uniting efforts to “Leave no one behind” 

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Facts and Stats on TB:
1. From the year 2000 to 2015, 49 million lives were saved with an effective diagnosis and treatment.
2. In 2015, 48, 00, 00 people developed multidrug-resistant TB.
3. In the previous year, WHO reported 10.4 million with TB; out of which 1.8 million  TB deaths   were recorded making TB the top infectious killer worldwide!

Symptoms of Tuberculosis:

Following are some of the symptoms in tuberculosis:
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  • More than 3 weeks of persistent cough
  • Fever - Low grade
  • Chills and night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and malaise

Diagnosis Tests of TB:

Some diagnostic tests used in TB are:
  • TB skin test (TST): A positive report, will only confirm if a person has been infected with TB. However, whether the TB infection is latent or it has progressed as TB disease is not ascertained by this test.
  • Chest x-ray
  • Sputum examination
  • Imaging techniques like MRI and CT are also used.

Tuberculosis Treatment:

Following are the objectives of the TB treatment:

  • Complete cure of the disease and restoration of the quality of life of the patient
  • Decrease the TB transmission to others
  • Avoid the development and transmission of drug-resistant TB
  • Preventing relapse of TB 

Prevention of Tuberculosis:
  • TB can be prevented by the following ways:
  • BCG Vaccination: Bacille Calmette-GuĂ©rin is a live vaccine against tuberculosis.
  • Early diagnosis: results in early treatment which is the most effective way to prevent the spread of this dreadful disease.

We should always remember that “health is wealth”. In this jet age, we have no or little time to think about our health. What good is all the money we earn, when we cannot even enjoy the benefits? Hence, we should always keep our health on priority.

The best way to do so is to monitor the health status regularly by a comprehensive health checkup for the better treatment. 

Be Fit with Regular Exercise & Preventive Health Checkup

“Sound body and mind equals to happy living"

Exercise is the key to a healthy fit body, and mind. Exercise strengthens overall body, the heart, the brain, blood vessels, bones, muscles, daily exercise in any form is the most important thing to do for a long-term health benefits, and is a healthy lifestyle change. 

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Yoga – A healthy living

Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, yoga is a holistic approach towards overall wellbeing. It is a well-balanced workout. It consists of various asanas, breathing exercises and meditation, which fetches immense power to mental wellbeing and physical health. Daily practice of yoga brings synchronisation between healthy body and healthy mind, soul.

Why yoga?
Listed below are few of the numerous yoga benefits 
Exercise-benefits

1. Over all fitness
2. Increased energy 
3. Increased brain function
4. Weight loss
5. Enhance mobility

6. Improve posture
7. Improved immunity
8. Improved sense of wellbeing
9. Lower risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and hypertension


Why Preventive health checkup is important?

Today’ busy schedule, changing food habits and sedentary lifestyles is leading to stressed life with increased risk of lifestyle related disorders such as diabetescardiovascular, hypertension and others. Preventive checkup measures are the need of hour, along with positive lifestyle changes.  Preventive checkup helps in early diagnosis and treating illness at the earliest. There are various customised preventive health checkup package suited to meet individual need.


Below listed are few prevention benefits: 

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 * Regular health checkup keep you updated on health status  and keep you away from health stress.

* Investing in preventive health check up is cost-effective owing to the increasing medical expenses.

Preventive health check up improves overall quality of life. Regular health checkup with exercise is the best preventive drug towards stressful lifestyle.

Why Preventive Health Checkup is Important for Women

Women health problems
Women’s health is one of the priorities as per WHO. Women in our society are so busy catering to their professional as well as family life; that they end up harming their own health. Their health is badly affected due to their busy schedules, sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy work-life balance. Consequently, this leads to women diseases that mostly have fatal outcomes, like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, reproductive disorders and even mental illnesses like stress and depression.


Women health facts:

The Government of India has launched multiple campaigns related to the women health. To name a few:

Menstrual Hygiene Campaign
Maternal Health Campaign
Family Planning and Reproductive Health

We all know how important the concept of prevention is.  The concept of women’s healthy lifestyle should be taken seriously. All these uncalled illness can be prevented simply by keeping health our topmost priority. With a proper female health checkup, you can understand if your body as fit as it appears. A preventive health checkup will help to identify if there are any silent killer conditions. The screening tests for women that are important as per their age are as follows:

  • General examination, which includes, pulse, blood pressure To eliminate any visible signs of illness
  • Tests for cholesterol - To assess the risk of a cardiovascular disease at early stage
  • Screening for diabetes - To assess the risk of diabetes
  • Breast cancer screening/Sonomammogram/Sonomammography - To assess the risk of breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer screening/Pap Smear Test - In females above 30 years, a Pap test with HPV test is advisable in every 5 years
  • Bone mineral density test/ Screening for osteoporosis/Bone densitometry test – In females above 40 years, to assess the risk of osteoporosis
  • Colorectal cancer screening - In females above 50 years, to assess the risk of colorectal cancers

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Women checkup benefits:

There is a 2- fold advantage of a preventive checkup. It not only helps an early detection. Once an illness is detected at an early stage, it becomes easier for the doctors to treat it. Another benefit is that the cost of a preventive health checkup is much lesser than the actual cost of treatment of a chronic disease.

Hence decide now, prevent yourself from conditions that can be controlled and treated at an early age by our extensive full body checkup. We at Indus Health Plus believe strongly in “Prevention is better than cure”.

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