Decades back, pregnancy and childbirth were not a stressful affair as witnessed nowadays in the form of innumerable scans, routine check-ups, supplements, nutrients and pills which makes even an outsider feel insecure and unsure about a safe pregnancy term. Despite medical advancements and treatment care options, the number of women having heart attack during pregnancy, childbirth or during two months after delivery is steadily rising.
A woman rarely cares about her health after marriage as she is busy engaged in taking care of her family members. Never once does she sit back, relax and pause to think about her dreams, wishes and wants. Women mostly spend time thinking about the growing fetus, its health status and requirements but rarely spend time worrying about their own hearts. People surrounding her advise the pregnant woman to eat healthy food, stay active and keep herself fit for the wellness of both, mommy and baby. The mom-to-be is pampered and made to eat every delicacy available, overpowered with love and affection and enquired about her health status, even by strangers.
A study from the New York University School of Medicine found an increased risk of suffering a heart attack among pregnant women. The research analyzed data of more than 49 million birth records in hospitals and found that:
Ideal Causes Behind Heart Attack
Plan Your Pregnancy
Before pregnancy, it is advisable that every woman checks for risk factors such as obesity, malnutrition, tobacco or drug use or metabolic syndrome which would enable the physician to start her on treatments for correcting the disease. If a woman has no risk factors still she must ensure that her heart remains healthy during pregnancy and following birth. More than half the women population are overweight and almost 50% suffer from cardiovascular deaths. In such circumstances it becomes the duty of every woman planning for pregnancy to take charge of her heart health before conceiving.
My child sleeps when I go to sleep and wakes up when its time for me to wake up. She /he doesn’t like to take a nap and stays awake mostly during afternoons. This is a common complaint borne by many parents these days. A sleep-deprived child is feared by all as the parents too become sleep-deprived and suffer from irritation and lack of rest. Most parents undergo this stage of life and are ready to take up anything to put their kid to sleep. More than our health and sleep routine what we need to understand is that insufficient sleep is associated with unhealthy lifestyle routines among children and adolescents.
Sleep has been an issue in adults owing to the increased use of smartphones and changes in work timings but now children too are affected by this. Sleep is the time of day during which we relax our mind and body doing nothing. It’s the time needed for the body to replenish its energy stores and gear up for another day packed with demanding chores and activities. When we don’t offer our body this well-deserved rest, it drains our energy and leaves us with nothing but fatigue and tiredness. A new study conducted on more than 1,70,000 students found that insufficient sleep duration was owing to unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents.
Reputed academies recommend that children aged between 6 and 12 years of age should sleep nine to 12 hours daily while teenagers aged between 13 and 18 years of age should sleep for 8-10 hours daily. Of the total study participants aged between 8 and 17 years 51% were boys. Kids reported on food habits, weekday and weekend sleep routines, physical activity routines and sedentary activities through electronic questionnaires at school. The research team categorized any child sleeping for lesser than nine hours per day or adolescents sleeping for lesser than eight hours per day as suffering from insufficient sleep. Results showed that:
Life doesn’t come with a guarantee nor death arrives with some notice. How you take care of the body, what do you feed it and how concerned you are about your mental health determines quality of life. Every person born unto this world has to die someday and this is the rule of Nature. None in this universe can escape from the clutches of death. Our death brings about more sadness to the people who love us rather than causing pain to the person dying. Individuals suffering from the death of their loved ones can cope with it by referring to different ways mentioned at www.firsteatright.com.
An unexpected death can shatter some people’s life, create an emptiness in their souls forever (wealth and power don’t compensate for this) and this space can never be occupied until their last breath. Whereas, some people show some signs of dying and witnessing them is even more heart-wrecking. Ageing, degeneration of functioning of body parts and even loss of memory is one of the first steps to indicate that a person is deteriorating. At the fag-end of life when someone is nearing death their body starts showing symptoms. One of them is the change in breathing pattern that can create a rattling sound. This rattling sound is called as a death rattle and this clearly shows that the person is nearing his/her end in life.
Fluids that Don’t Leave the Body
Diseases come with symptoms and with these symptoms the physician diagnoses the diseases and cures it with the right medication. Death too seems to follow this pattern showing up with a few symptoms before it attacks. Only difference is that while the physician might be able to diagnose it and treat it the person might only be saved from a painful dying process but cannot escape the inevitable consequences finally.
Those who are dying might lose their ability to swallow, cough or clear saliva/mucous from the throat, their bronchial secretions might also increase and a couple of days before death, the person might find it painful to even drink a spoonful of water. Sound is produced every time the person breathes- it might be a soft moan, a loud gurgle, snoring or a crackling noise that increases as the person breathes. These sounds seem awkward and unpleasant but thankfully the dying person remains unaware of it. All these signs of death rattle are strong indications that the person is about to die in the next 24 hours but rarely they denote brain injuries too.
The act of swallowing saliva and clearing the throat is a reflex action that’s done in each of us, but death rattle occurs when the person is unable to do this or even swallow phlegm from the back of the throat. They lack the strength to do it, their breathing pattern might change and breaths might vary between quiet to loud. Sometimes they breathe in sharply and then skip a few moments of breathing and then breathe again.
While death rattle is a sign of death, what are the signs/symptoms of death rattle that indicate a fast-approaching death in a person?
The dying person experiences no pain with death rattle, but the entire situation is disturbing and emotional for the people around him/her. Reversing the situation is impossible and the impact can only be subtler when the following are done:
Fizzy drinks, mocktails, cocktails and every other sugary beverage were mostly a man’s favorite sometime back. These days, there are more and more women getting a taste of these, feeling elated being on par and reaping the effects of such actions. Sugary beverages are like magic potions-they attract even our little ones tremendously. They have a rock-solid market, fan-following and with peak summer soon approaching these beverages would be ruling our lives for the next three months or so. Your favorite cricketer or actress might be the brand ambassador for your favorite soft drink but how many times do you think they drink it? Maybe you are also never going to drink these and other sugary beverages after reading below.
Sugary Beverages Have a Greater Impact on a Woman’s Lifespan
None is unaware of the presence of poisonous white sugar in many of our beverages and energy drinks and well, it might be slow poison after all as frequently consuming sugary drinks such as sodas, juices or energy drinks is linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and cancer too. Reduce your consumption of sugary drinks and reduce your risk of death.
A new research conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that drinking more than two sugary beverages in a day impacts health, longevity and wellness. This was a long-term study that followed more than 80,000 women and 37,000 men for almost 30 years questioning them on their diet and lifestyle every four years. Results showed that compared to those who had one sugary beverage a month those who consumed two drinks every day were at an:
Yet another study too showed that consuming more than one sugary drink every day increased the risk of stroke, heart attack and premature death in women above 50 years of age. Though both the studies imply the same effect researchers are still unsure of the exact association between drinking artificial beverages and the risk of premature death.
The only solution here to prevent any sort of mishaps in the first place is to choose water over any beverage. It’s simple and straightforward with zero calories. Cut down on sugary drinks, the so-called energy drinks and juices that add nothing but sugar to your body. Its not only the calories that are accumulated with each drink that you consume but also the amount of risk that is posed to your health that increases multi-folds.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.