LIVEHEALTH – India’s Health Care Platform

Blog by : Vineet Chatterjee

LIVEHEALTH – India’s Health Care Platform

LIVEHEALTH aims to bring the eco-system experience in healthcare, where health providers and customers are connected in a single environment. The startup is based out in Pune but it also has its sales offices in Mumbai and Bangalore as well. Founders: Abhimanyu Bhosale – Co-founder & CEO, Mukund Malani – Co-founder & CTO.

 

Currently, the healthcare delivery system is fragmented and hence the end-user experience is completely broken. There are just handful of healthcare companies who are working on the delivery side of healthcare. Livehealth is trying to bridge the gap between the healthcare providers and the consumers by connecting them and allowing them to communicate in the possible way so they both benefit from it.

The startup aims to help health providers, patients, health researchers, government bodies, etc. analyse the vast amount of medical data generated on a daily basis at the provider’s end which otherwise is only provided in the form of paper-based reports and PDFs and is not at all useful. With revolutionizing healthcare delivery it also help providers manage their day to day processes better.

At present, Livehealth’s revenue model for B2B is – it charge the laboratories and diagnostic centres for using its software to undergo their day to day functioning. The pricing is per month basis so the customer doesn’t have to pay a lump sum amount along with an Annual Maintenance Charge (AMC).

And its revenue model for B2C is – it provide healthcare providers with a personal page for themselves where they can publish and sell health packages online and the consumers can book and purchase these packages using its multiple payment gateways. The startup charge a small percentage of the package amount to the health providers for the same.

The startup has more than 175 customers and Diagnostic Centres and Laboratories across 18 different cities. It has more than 5,000 monthly active users and 1 million + medical records generated per month. Patients can use LIVEHEALTH to Manage, Track & Monitor your health. Doctors can have the Patient Records at your fingertips. For Diagnostics, it is a complete management solution for their own center.

For Health Providers, LIVEHEALTH not only helps them work remotely, but also efficiently. It helps them visualize their finances and operations with analytics, charts & statistics. While maintaining the focus on the patient.
For patients, it helps you manage your medical records without you having to do anything. It brings our understanding of healthcare and analytics to help us manage our health better and more easily.

Healthy Habits

Blog by : Anushka Jain

Healthy Habits: Importance of Proper Sleep:

 

In 2018, nobody really has time to have a proper sleep. With a lifestyle so busy and stressful, a good night sleep plays a vital role in our health. But we all still compromise our sleep and go on without it. What we don’t know is: proper sleep is just as important as proper eating. In order to survive the stress our mind and body go through, we need to improve our sleeping patterns. But before that, we need to learn how important sleep exactly is.

 

  1. Obesity:
    People who don’t get proper sleep are easily more immune to obesity as poor sleep is directly linked to weight gain. This is believed to be affected by various factors, including hormones, poor motivation to stay active and poor stamina. Also, when we sleep less, we get hungry more often, leading us to take in more meals than necessary. Aren’t you scared knowing that your lack of sleep can gain extra fat in your body?
  2. Concentration:
    When your body suffers from a lack of sleep, you have a hard time concentrating properly. Because our body is too tired to focus, it directly impacts our daily work and productivity. You may be losing sleep to work but you sure aren’t putting your best efforts in it and not performing well because you cannot concentrate properly. Better option: have a good sleep and then work with full focus. This will lead to better performance, stronger memory, and good observation skills.
  3. Stamina & Performance:
    Good sleep always results in enhanced stamina and performance. A study on athletes has shown that athletes who have a good night sleep tend to perform better in the field. On the other hand, athletes who don’t sleep well get tired soon and can’t multi-task on the field.
  4. Heart Diseases:
    Sleep majorly affects the performance of our hearts. People who sleep poorly have a greater chance of suffering from heart diseases and getting a stroke as sleeping problems directly risks your body to chronic illnesses. So, avoid losing your sleep for petty reasons. You might end up risking your health.
  5. Diabetes:
    Lack of sleep can affect the sugar level in your blood. It can also reduce the sensitivity of your insulin. A lot of studies have shown that people who sleep less than 6 hours at night always end up getting Diabetic after a while. Even young people start seeing diabetic symptoms in themselves after risking their sleep. Our body glucose gets unstable when it undergoes fatigue after less sleep.
  6. Depression:
    Often, depression, sleeping disorders and other mental illnesses affect us more easily when we decide to disturb our sleeping patterns. It is known that 90% of people suffering from depression have had sleep problems in the past and are still going through it. Poor sleep is also linked to suicidal thoughts, increasing your chances to death by suicide. It is better to consult a psychologist for your sleep issues than get late and consult them for depression. Take precautions from the start.
  7. Immune System:
    Health professionals say that even a small loss of sleep can lead to a weak immune system. The body always stays feeble and tired, leading to body aches, headaches and several other diseases that a weak immune system ends up catching. Lack of sleep is really dangerous as it can literally disturb your whole system.

 

Jowar Roti Recipe

Blog By : Vaishali khanna – BFY Faculty

Rich, bitter-y and fibrous in texture, this millet is grown in abundantly across india but often loses out owing to the wheat fixation that runs in our country. Being good in protein, iron and copper, this gluten free grain has been known to play a crucial role in cellular function and repair. The rich quantity of potassium and phosphorus helps lower cholesterol and manage high blood pressure. Most importantly, the grain is incredible rich in fibre and hence should be part of your daily diet.

 

Jowar roti recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup jowar flour/ sorghum flour/ jolada hittu
  • ¾ cup hot water or as required to knead the dough
  • ½ cup jowar flour / sorghum flour/ jolada hittu for dusting

 

Method:

  • Firstly, in a large mixing bowl or kadhai take jowar flour and make a well in the centre
  • Furthermore, add ¾ cup hot water and knead to smooth dough
  • Take a small ball sized dough and make a ball out of it
  • Further, pat and flatten with the help of palm and finger.
  • Also dust the work station with little jowar flour to prevent roti from sticking while patting
  • Now pat gently with one hand and the other side to get round shape
  • Make sure to dust with jowar flour if required
  • Further, with both hands pat as thin as possible
  • Also dust off excess flour from the roti
  • Put the flattened dough onto the hot tawa
  • Spread water over the roti with help of hand or wet cloth removing excess flour
  • Wait until the water evaporates then flip it to the other side
  • Press gently and cook both sides
  • Serve warm with dal and sabzi for a complete balanced meal

 

Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast bowl

Blog By : Vaishali khanna – BFY Faculty

Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast bowl

  • Rinse and drain about 0.5 cup quinoa
  • Place it in a saucepan and add 1.5 cups milk(Can be almond milk, coconut milk or soy milk), 0.5 inch cinnamon stick and 1-2 drops of vanilla essence
  • Bring it to a high simmer, cover and reduce heat to a low simmer for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and let the quinoa sit for 5 more minutes or until the milk is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked
  • Taste and add grated jaggery about 1 tsp
  • Scoop the quinoa into two bowls and top with toastd almonds/ toasted coconut or fruit like chopped apple.
  • Serve warm

 

Fight with Depression

Blog By – Vaishali Khanna

We here it almost everyday from someone or the other that I’m depressed when in-fact they mean “I’m fed up because I’ve had a row or failed an exam or lost my job” etc.These ups and downs of life are common and normal and most people recover quite quickly however,depression is a mood disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness.

It lowers motivation and energy levels.Depression permeates through the body and mind.Symptoms can become severe enough to interfere with day to day activities. When depressed,you may often experience feelings of low esteem,guilt and self reproach driving you to take irrational decisions.

Women are more likely to become depressed than men.The higher risk may be due in part to hormone changes during a woman’s life.Men are less likely than women to get help for depression.They may show the common symptoms of depression,but they’re more likely to be angry and hostile and few may mask their condition with alcohol or drug abuse.The risk of suicide is greater for men than for women.

Elderly people may become physically ill and less active than they once were.They may lose their loved ones or may have to live alone.These changes can raise the risk of depression.

Depression is typically diagnosed simply by a clinical interview asking about the core depressive symptoms.People tend not to recognize depression, even it’s right before their eyes.Never overlook the various symptoms.Being honest with one’s self is the key to be able to cure such an illness.Depression shouldn’t be something that one fear of, instead,one should just start taking charge of his/her life and actually face this illness and fight it.

 

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Nutritional Counseling

Blog By- Vaishali Khanna – BFY Faculty

What is Nutritional Counseling?

Nutritional counseling is a type of assessment made which analyzes various health needs in regard to diet and exercise. A nutritional counselor helps people to set achievable health goals and teaches various ways of maintaining these goals throughout their lifetime.

Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Without proper nutrition, one does not have enough energy to make it through the day. Also, health declines without proper nutrition, making one more susceptible to illness and disease.

During the assessment, the counselor provides information based on a person’s current status, helping to improve overall health.

Many nutritional counselors recommend fitness programs and nutritional supplements. By seeing a nutritional counselor instead of looking and testing out various products, time is saved. Through nutritional counseling, basic health needs are met and specialized information is given to fit each person’s everyday lifestyle.

Benefit From Nutritional Counseling?

A Healthier Lifestyle

Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Without proper nutrition, you don’t have enough energy to make it through the day. Also, your health can decline without proper nutrition, making you more susceptible to illness and disease. It is a known fact that a lot of diseases today are caused by an unhealthy diet.  Whether it is because the quantity of fat and calories leads to obesity, the lack of nutrients needed for a strong and healthy immune system, or the amount of chemicals and trans fats that are included in processed foods, unhealthy eating can lead to major health problems. Nutrition counseling is usually offered at eating disorder treatment clinics, but many health and fitness centers also offer this valuable service.

Getting Fit More Quickly

Many nutrition counselors recommend fitness programs and nutritional supplements. By seeing a nutritional counselor instead of looking and testing out various products and fitness routines on your own, time is saved. Through nutritional counseling, basic health needs are met and specialized information is given to fit your individual and personal lifestyle.  If you need help learning about nutrition, Huntington area services can help you get started!

Nutritious & Delicious Foods

Eating foods rich in nutrition doesn’t mean eating lettuce and cottage cheese for the rest of your life!  Salmon, chicken breasts, natural peanut butter, eggs, whole grain pasta, brown rice, and of course, all kinds of fruits and vegetables – these are all wonderful sources of great nutrition and they are all super delicious!

Nutrition Counseling Goes Deep

Nutritional counseling aims to get to the root cause of health concerns, rather than just tackling the symptoms.  Once you get it all figured out with the help of a counselor, you will look and feel better, your energy level will increase, you will be able to control your weight,  and you will no longer feel the need to try the latest fad diet.  In addition, your mood will be elevated due to your increased energy level, and you will have improved your concentration and memory.  One more thing – you will find that you get fewer colds and infections!

Additional Benefits

Learning about and practicing good nutrition can also help improve such conditions as tiredness and fatigue, mood swings, weight problems, skin conditions, digestion problems, arthritis, menopause, high blood pressure, and migraines and headaches.

Osteoporosis – Exercise

Blog By- Dr Rohit Bahuguna – BFY Faculty

Exercise can help build strong bones and slow down bone loss & will benefit bones no matter at what age you start.For maximum benefit one should exercise regularly Combine low impact strength training exercises with weight-bearing exercises. Strength training helps strengthen muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine

Weight-bearing exercises — such as walking, jogging, running, stair climbing, skipping rope, skiing and impact-producing sports — mainly affect the bones in your legs, hips and lower spine.

Swimming, cycling and exercising on machines such as elliptical trainers can provide a good cardiovascular workout, but because such exercises has low impact, they’re not as helpful for improving bone health as weight-bearing exercises are.

Exercising regularly in childhood and adolescence can ensure that you will reach peak bone density.

Need to participate in weight bearing exercise. For example, walking, dancing, jogging, stair climbing, racquet sports and hiking.

PREVENTION

  • Do not over do or over stress during exercising.
  • Do not sit in front of computer or TV for longer time
  • Stabilize/support the joints e.g. OA knee while doing exercise
  • Do not hold bad postures during exercises as it may lead to further complications
  • Maintain a proper posture while sitting, standing or doing any activity
  • Do not walk or run on uneven surfaces
  • Do not lift heavy objects
  • Take little breaks while exercising
  • Avoid sudden sit ups or any exercise that bends your back excessively
  • Do not do high impact exercises
  • Avoid twisting activities

STRECHING EXERCISE

  • Triceps stretch

  • Back and shoulder stretch

  • Chest stretch

  • Calf stretch

  • Hams stretch

  • Quards stretch

STRENGTHNING EXERCISE

  • Shoulders

  • Shouder blades strengthening

  • Biceps

  • Triceps

  • Quadriceps

  • Hamstring

  • Hip flexors

  • Hip extensor

  • Hip abductor

  • Pelvic tilt

YOGIC MANAGEMENT OF OSTEOPOROSIS

  • Ardha matsyendrasana

  • Ushtrasana

  • Parvatasana-variation

  • Supta pawanmuktasana

 

  • Supta Udarakarshana

  • Bhujangasana

  • Chaturanga dandasana

  • Tadasana

  • Utkatasana

  • Virabhadrasana-2

  • Ek pada pranamasana

Check on your calcium levels ,do exercises regularly and conquer osteoporosis.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Basic to be understood

Blog By – Vaishali Khanna– BFY Faculty

PCOS is a common endocrine disorder.The primary lesion is unknown.Patients have a steady state of relatively high estrogen,androgen and Leutinizing Hormone(LH) rather than fluctuating condition seen in ovulating women.Increased levels of estrone come fro conversion of ovarian and adrenal androgens to estrone in body fat(in obesity cases).The high estrone levels are believed to cause suppression of pituitary Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH) and a relative increase in LH.Constant LH stimulation of the ovary results in anovulation,multiple cysts and theca cell hyperplasia with excess androgen output.

In addition,there is insulin resistance leading to high levels of insulin in the blood which further leads to weight gain and obesity.

 

It is very important to distinguish between PCO (Polycystic ovaries) and PCOS (Polycystic ovary syndrome).Having PCO does not necessarily mean you have PCOS. A syndrome is usually defined as a pattern of symptoms belonging to particular disease.Medical studies using ultrasound have found that around one in four women has polycystic ovaries(PCO),but most of them have none or few of the other symptoms associated with PCOS.

  • Excess hair on the body(Hirsutism)
  • Acne and other Skin problems
  • Scalp hair loss
  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Fertility problem
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Weight issues

Even if specific symptoms are not causing an immediate problem, PCOS can have significant long term effects,including diabetes,heart disease and endometrial or breast cancer.This happens because of unopposed estrogen secretion.

In addition they show hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance which leads to early onset diabetes type II and therefore hyperlipidemia and its complications.

Obesity-a major risk factor for Sleep Apnea

Blog By – Vaishali Khanna – BFY Faculty

Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) is a potentially life-altering and life-threatening breathing disorder that occurs during sleep.

The upper airway repeatedly collapses,causing cessation of breathing(apnea) or inadequate breathing (hypoapnea) and sleep fragmentation.The breathing stops during sleep for 10 seconds to a minute or longer. Oxygen levels in the blood decreases. Sleep fragmentation results in chronic daytime sleepiness.This disrupts healthy sleep and causes a number of short term and long lasting effects that threaten the health and well being of those who suffer from the condition.

How many people have OSA?

4% of men and 2 % of women aged 30-60 years meet minimal diagnostic criteria for OSA with excessive daytime sleepiness.

People most likely to have or develop OSA may have any of the following:

  • Obesity,especially in the upper body
  • Male gender
  • Small upper airway due to excess throat tissue or abdominal jaw structure
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Family History of OSA
  • Overweight Obese individuals

 

Excess body fat on the neck and chest constricts the air passage ways and sometimes the lungs.Obesity,particularly abdominal and upper body obesity,is the most significant risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. The more obese a person,the greater the risk of apnea.

 

General things that can make a big difference include:

  • Losing some weight,if you are overweight or obese
  • Avoid alcohol,sedative and hypnotics
  • Sleeping on your side or in a semi propped position

If you have sleep apnea,do not take sleep medicines or sedatives.These chemicals will increase the relaxation in the tissues of the upper airway and make the obstruction worse.The specific treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is usually a mask worn at night to keep the airway open.

If OSA is left untreated,it can increase the risk of developing:

  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Myocardial ischemia
  • Stroke Pre-diabetes
  • Decreased quality of life

Not only does sustained weight loss improve OSA ,it also improves many other independently linked co-morbidities such as Hypertension,high cholesterol and diabetes.The greater the change in body weight or waist circumference,the greater is the improvement in OSA.