Ailments emanating from lifestyle habits


The excess weight gain menace

Weight Management

Are you wondering why your current weight regime is not working? Are you afraid of bouncing back to your original weight? We, at HealthySpan, believe that there is no single weight regime or diet plan can work for everyone.  We believe PERSONALIZATION is the key.


When setting weight goals, it’s easy to pick a number that seems as low as possible and it feels achieving this is a golden ticket to the total health and happiness. People normally tend to obsess based on a number on the scale, but it may not be a true representation of their health.  In other words, striving for a good body composition is often more critical to our success than what the scale says.

A healthy body weight is the one that can be maintained without constant dieting or restricted food intake. A healthy body weight is a weight that can be accepted by us and we need to feel good in our body. Body weight, as a measured number, encompasses a spectrum of components including the weights of:

  • Muscle mass
  • Bones
  • Body fat
  • Organs
  • Water

We have no control over the weight of our bones and organs; we should focus on the three controllable constituents of body weight which are muscle, fat and water.

  • Water constitutes 60% of the overall body.
  • Fat upholds the body and plays an important role. From hormonal regulation and reproduction to the health of our brain, bones and even skin, body fat is a key player.
  • Muscle weighs more than fat and when we engage in strength training activity, our body weight is naturally higher. It’s a proven concept that building muscle and losing fat are the most prominent goals for achieving complete health.

It is a common knowledge that losing excess body fat moves us towards good health. But it’s only half truth. Along with losing body fat it’s important to gain lean muscle mass. This means we’re not only looking better; we’re improving our overall health.

Maintaining weight close to the ideal body composition is one of the most important components of overall health. A healthy body weight with a good composition can prevent most of the nowadays debilitating diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Heart Diseases, Neurodegenerative diseases, Infertility etc.

Benefits of a good Body Composition

  • Decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease
  • Increased functional ability, allowing us to move and exercise more freely, which allows to burn more calories
  • A better calorie-burning metabolism throughout the day
  • A lean and toned body
  • Better success at losing weight permanently and no fear of rebound.
  • Skeletal muscle improves your overall metabolism. Compared to fat, skeletal muscle burns more calories at rest.

It is not that you have to lose weight to become healthy. You become healthy to lose weight. HealthySpan‘s team of Health Consultants assist in lifestyle changes to get your health back on track.

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Hormones at play in women


PCOS- Polycystic ovary syndrome

PCOD- Polycystic Ovarian Disease

Are PCOD and PCOS the same? A lot of people get confused between the two, often using these two terms interchangeably. Though there are similarities as both of these are related to ovaries and cause hormonal disturbances, in reality they are different.


PCOD is a condition in which the ovaries contain many immature or partially mature eggs. They, eventually, turn into cysts. The ovaries usually become enlarged in this problem and secrete large amounts of androgens that cause havoc with the woman’s fertility and her body. Some of the common symptoms are irregular periods, abdominal weight gain, male pattern hair loss and infertility.

To simplify, ovaries are reeling under pressure and feeling the brunt of the disturbances in our body and generally not functioning at their peak efficiency. When someone is having PCOD, they will not know that they are affected by PCOD.

PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects millions of women. All bodies need both “male” and “female” hormones to work right, but a woman with PCOS has too much of the male kind. This creates problems with your ovaries: You might have irregular periods or no periods, and you could get cysts in a “string of pearls” pattern. PCOS is also a common cause of infertility. The ovary produces a higher quantity of the male hormone and stops the release of egg leading to anovulation (opposite of ovulation).

PCOS means that the disturbances which are created during PCOD are now no longer just in the ovaries but are also manifesting in other parts of the body as acne and body hair etc. Syndrome is like a set of symptoms that we can see because of the disturbances in our body.

It is important to understand the difference between PCOD & PCOS

PCOS is a serious condition. PCOD is not considered a disease as with correct diet and exercise schedule, the situation improves. PCOS is a metabolic disorder.

PCOD is more common. Almost a third of the women around the world suffer from PCOD. PCOS has a lower number of patients.

PCOS has serious complications. Women who suffer from PCOS are at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure cardiac-vascular issues, obesity, and even endometrial cancer.

PCOS is visible early in life. Girls who suffer from PCOS show symptoms of the disease since their teenage years. Acne, excessive hair growth and weight gain are apparent from a younger age due to metabolic disturbances.

Those with PCOD don’t have significant fertility issues. With a bit of medical help, they conceive successfully. Women who suffer from PCOS, on the other hand, struggle with infertility. They even have higher rates of miscarriages.

Those with PCOD can still ovulate regularly. The women who have PCOD may have similar symptoms as PCOS, but they retain the ability to ovulate periodically and thus, can conceive successfully. However, those with PCOS do not ovulate due to a severe hormonal imbalance that disturbs the process of ovulation.

HealthySpan‘s team of Health Consultants help you identify the underlying issue of this disorder. Our Specialists also assist in lifestyle transformation to help you cope with the condition in an effective way.

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Sugar metabolic ailment


Diabetes, also known as Diabetes Mellitus, is a major clinical and public health problem accounting for 4.6 million deaths annually world-wide. According to the International Diabetes Federation, around 366 million people globally are currently estimated to have diabetes, of which 80% live in low- and middle-income countries. The more worrisome fact is that about 50% of those with diabetes remain undiagnosed.


The Indian Council of Medical Research India Diabetes Study (ICMR-INDIAB study) showed that India had 62.4 million people with diabetes in 2011. These numbers are projected to increase to 101.2 million by 2030.

Diabetes is a disease that involve problems with the hormone insulin. Normally, the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) releases insulin to help your body use and store the sugar (glucose) from the food you eat. Diabetes can occur when the pancreas produces very little or no insulin, or when the body does not respond appropriately to insulin (a condition known as insulin resistance). Though there is no cure for diabetes; one can live ling and healthy life by treatment and lifestyle changes.

There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs because the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (called beta cells) are destroyed by our own the immune system. People with type 1 diabetes produce no insulin and must use insulin injections to control their blood sugar.

Type 1 diabetes most commonly starts in people under the age of 20, but may occur at any age.

Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes produce insulin. However, the insulin secreted by pancreas is either not enough or the body is resistant to the insulin. When there isn’t enough insulin or the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose can’t get into the body’s cells. This caused the blood sugar to shoot up.

Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in people over age 40 who are overweight, but can also occur in people who are not overweight. Sometimes referred as “adult-onset diabetes,” type 2 diabetes has started to appear more often in children recently because of the rise in obesity in young people.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is triggered by pregnancy. Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect insulin’s ability to work properly. The condition occurs in approximately 4% of all the pregnancies.

Pregnant women who have an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes are those who are over 25 years old and are above their normal body weight before pregnancy, have a family history of diabetes. It’s important to control gestational diabetes to protect the baby’s growth and development.

We, at HealthySpan‘s, believe that diabetes can be effectively managed with lifestyle changes. Our Specialists assist in lifestyle transformation using personalized regime by which one can lead a healthy life in spite of being diabetic.

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Lungs wellness


Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Chronic inflammation in the lung causes significant fatigue and a depleted immune system.


Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. One may have infrequent asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times — such as when exercising — or have symptoms all the time. Asthma signs and symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children)
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu

Signs that your asthma is probably worsening include:

  • Asthma signs and symptoms that are more frequent and bothersome
  • Increasing difficulty breathing (measurable with a peak flow meter, a device used to check how well your lungs are working)
  • The need to use a quick-relief inhaler more often

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Though there is no way to prevent asthma, byt by increasing immunity it can be managed well. Leading a healthy lifestyle will also help you to manage asthma symptoms effectively. Our Specialists assist in identifying the triggers and suggest suitable lifestyle modifications to help you cope with the condition in an effective way.

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Precursor to a ‘broken heart’


Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against your artery walls as it goes through your body. Like air in a tire or water in a hose, blood fills your arteries to a point. Just as too much air pressure can damage a tire, or too much water pushing through a garden hose can damage the hose, high blood pressure can hurt your arteries and lead to life-threatening conditions like stroke.


High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.

Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.

You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. High blood pressure or hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Hypertension risk factors include obesity, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, and family history. Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.

High blood pressure is more likely in people with a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes. It’s also more common in people who are:

  • Older than 55
  • Overweight
  • Inactive
  • Heavy alcohol drinkers
  • Smokers

Lifestyle changes can help you to control and prevent high blood pressure, even if you are on medication. Some of the things which you can do are – eat healthy foods, maintain healthy weight, decrease the salt in diet, increase physical activity, manage stress, don’t smoke etc. The team at HealthySpan is experienced in guiding personalized changes to manage high blood pressure.

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The heart of the matter


Cardiovascular disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others.


The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Heart disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease, is one of the leading cause of death for men and women in the India. Prevention includes quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Our consultants will help you to understand and change your lifestyle to effectively manage or prevent by a holistic approach.

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Breath ‘starts & stops’ during sleep


Obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder. It causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.

The involuntary pause in breathing can result either from a blocked airway or a signalling problem in the brain. Most people with the condition have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when throat muscles relax- narrowing your airways as you breathe in.


This can lower the oxygen level in blood. The brain senses your inability to breathe and briefly rouses you from sleep so that you can reopen your airways. You might snore, choke or gasp. This pattern can repeat from 5 to 30 times an hour, impairing ability to reach the deep and restful phase of sleep.

Sleep apnea due to a signalling problem of the brain to the muscles that control breathing is known as central sleep apnea (CSA). This means you make no effort to breathe for a short period.

The person will unknowingly stop breathing repeatedly throughout sleep. Once the airway is opened or the breathing signal is received, the person may snort, take a deep breath, or awaken completely with a sensation of gasping, smothering, or choking.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to potentially serious health complications, such as heart disease and depression. It can also leave a person feeling drowsy, increasing the risk of accidents while driving or working.

Lifestyle modifications are essential to normalizing breathing, and they are critical first steps in treatment. Our consultants at HealthySpan help you get onto a healthy lifestyle which helps managing condition in a very effective way.

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Connective tissue wellness


The spine consists of 26 bones called vertebrae, which protect and support the spinal cord and nerves. A number of conditions and injuries can affect the spine, which can damage the vertebrae, cause pain, and limit mobility.

As we get older, it’s not uncommon to experience increased aches, pains and joint stiffness.


Many of us assume this discomfort just goes with the territory – and in fact, when it comes to the spine, some decline in function and flexibility may be expected as the bones and inter vertebral disks begin to deteriorate over time. But there are several things you can do right now to help maintain your spine’s flexibility and comfort well into your golden years. Here’s what you should know about what happens to your spine as you age, common spinal conditions in older adults, and ways to help prevent back pain and injuries in the future.

Spine works as the support frame for all our skeletal structure and any damage to it can affect the complete structure directly. At HealthySpan our consultants will help you learn and practice exercises to strengthen connective tissues and muscle around the spine to avoid injuries to our backbone.

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