May 17, 2020

Money making diet plans: Rapid waste of money

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The important part of healthy living is a balanced diet. Dieting is a practice of eating food in a regulated fashion to achieve and maintain a controll...

The important part of healthy living is a balanced diet. Dieting is a practice of eating food in a regulated fashion to achieve and maintain a controlled weight. Nowadays, we find so many diet programs endorsed by celebrities and fitness experts claiming instant weight loss. You might have seen health and fitness centers placing advertisements in newspapers, Loose 10 kgs in a month.  This is nothing but just a money making business for companies who advertise such diet or supplements programs.  These diet programs promise results which will not take place immediately. Their goal is to not to shed weight or make you healthy, but mint money and gain recognition.

How to select your diet plan?

While choosing a diet plan, there are many factors that one needs to consider. A healthy diet helps in maintaining and improving general health.  Healthy diet needs to have a balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, calories to support energy need and the micronutrients needed to meet the needs for human nutrition.  So, let’s consider certain factors that will help in selecting the diet plan.

  • Simplify:  Do not be concerned about your diet in terms of counting calories or measuring the portion sizes.  Think of your diet in terms of freshness, color and variety. This way it will help in making healthy choices. Find foods you like and easy recipes that have fresh ingredients.
  • Consider nutritional needs:  Consider nutritional needs. The teenagers, children and elders have dietary needs and they require special diets. The nutritional needs vary with gender, size, age, lifestyle habits, health and occupation.
  • Look at the budget:  Take a look at the budget. One does not need to spend a lot of money to have a nutritious and tasty meal.
  • Listen to your body:  Ask your body if you are really hungry or have water to see if you are thirsty instead of hungry.  If you feel full, then you should stop eating. It takes only a few minutes for your brain to tell your body that it had enough food, so eat slowly.
  • Exercise:  To plan a healthy diet, exercising is very important.  It will help in burning fat, make you feel healthier.
  • Ask your siblings and friends: Ask your friends and siblings whether they are on a diet and what are the activities in which they are involved are. You can also learn a lot from them.

Rapid diet programs are not successful

People   who are very healthy and obese are always on look out for shedding instant weight.  So, they are most likely to get influenced by such rapid diet programs which will most likely not happen.  Say for example,   a popular international celebrity endorses a popular diet program.  The program uses her to gain publicity and make people believe that they can also achieve size zero figure like their popular celeb which is a very rare phenomenon. There are others fitness centers who are in the race to promote their services they offer through print advertisements and also through TV.  Rapid weight loss is a bad one. Changing your lifestyle and slowly losing weight is the best way to shed weight. If you follow a rapid diet program, then you will surely end up putting more weight that you have lost after you have stopped using the program.

Modify your lifestyle for better living

An individual can shed weight and keep it under control by making healthy lifestyle changes of eating and exercising better. It will also boost your confidence level as you would be shedding weight and it will be maintained and show you positive results. But, a quick method of weight loss will only end up in you losing your self-worth and you will eventually gain your weight back.  So what one needs a good diet program that helps one in relating to food,  how to pick a portion size, how to tell what’s  good , and when one needs to stop eating, even if he or she still has food in her plate.  Holistic health comes from a healthy relationship with food and understanding our own bodies.  

So, the lesson we learn is to simply avoid following these diet programs which only aim to shell out money from your pocket, and instead focus on diets which ensure you the benefit of losing weight and a long-term lifestyle change, which will be a positive change.

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Jun 15, 2021

 NHS trials test that predicts sepsis 3 days in advance 

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Queen Alexandra Hospital is trialling a new sepsis test by Presymptom Health that uses machine learning to detect the onset of the disease

A new test that can predict sepsis before the patient develops symptoms is being trialled at a National Health Service (NHS) hospital in the south of England. 

Clinicians at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital are leading medical trials of the blood test, which they hope will help them save thousands of lives a year. 

The test is being developed by government spin-out company Presymptom Health, but the research began over 10 years ago at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). This included a study of 4,385 patients and more than 70,000 samples, the largest study of its kind at the time. 

From the samples taken, a clinical biobank and database were generated and then mined using machine learning to identify biomarker signatures that could predict the onset of sepsis. The researchers found they were able to provide an early warning of sepsis up to three days ahead of illness with an accuracy of up to 90%.

Unlike most other tests, Presymptom Health identifies the patient’s response to the disease as opposed to detecting the pathogen. This is an important differentiator, as sepsis occurs as a result of the patient's immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury, which can then cause life-threatening organ dysfunction. 

Worldwide, an estimated 49 million people a year contract sepsis, while in the UK almost two million patients admitted to hospital each year are thought to be at risk of developing the condition. If Presymptom's test is effective, it could save billions of pounds globally and improve clinical outcomes for millions of sepsis patients.

The initial trials at Queen Alexandra Hospital will last 12 months, with two other sites planned to go live this summer. Up to 600 patients admitted to hospital with respiratory tract infections will be given the option to participate in the trial. The data collected will be independently assessed and used to refine and validate the test, which could be available for broader NHS use within two years. 

If successful, this test could also identify sepsis arising from other infections before symptoms appear, which could potentially include future waves of COVID-19 and other pandemics.

Dr Roman Lukaszewski, the lead Dstl scientist behind the innovation, said: “It is incredible to see this test, which we had originally begun to develop to help service personnel survive injury and infection on the front line, is now being used for the wider UK population, including those fighting COVID-19.”

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