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Watch your BMI for healthy living

Body mass index, simply shortened to BMI, is a familiar term to the health conscious. It is a representation of healthy weight in proportion to height, indirectly measuring the amount of fat in your body.It is important to realize that BMI changes with age, sex, race and level of athleticism.The ideal BMI is between 19 and 25, levels increasingly out of range are associated with recognized health risks.

 

What happens when those who care for you have trouble caring for themselves?

“I recently joined a communal, long- standing practice of a well-respected practitioner in a small town. A few months ago, I noticed (and so did several staff members) his increasingly erratic and unprofessional behaviour.

When I confronted him about these changes, he claimed that he had been under severe personal and family stress, but everything was coming together. Since our initial discussion things have taken a turn for the worse ... patients have complained about his rude and abrupt manner, he often does not turn up for scheduled patient appointments………. Should I report him? A colleague wondered aloud!

Health care is a 24/7 business. After all, illnesses don’t choose when to strike. It can be any day of the week, and any time of the day. Whenever you have been unwell, am sure you have just made your way to the doctor’s and expected optimal attention regardless of the time or day of the week. For most cases all goes well, and your doctor seems to always function at their best regardless of the timing of your arrival.  



It’s entirely possible that you take your pee for granted. After all, it’s almost an automated process. You take some drinks, or eat some juicy stuff, and then you head off to pee whenever the call comes. It is a well regulated bodily mechanism, taking care of excess fluids and helping to eliminate some toxins. The status of your peeing habits also carries various clues about your health status, and it pays to be aware of this.

A recent and ongoing patient encounter that I have is very inspiring. She is a patient who has an acquired severe heart disease. She has been on follow-up in the heart clinic for over 7 years.

Despite being discouraged from getting pregnant, she indeed presented with pregnancy at 7 weeks with features of the heart problem more aggravated into a stroke. She could not speak nor walk.

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