Right nutrition is the key to the health of senior citizens in India

As the years roll by, life seems to go full circle, and we find ourselves taking care of and worrying about those parents and elderly relatives who took care of and worried about us in our childhood. Ironically, one of the biggest individual concerns also goes full circle – trying to encourage them to eat the right things and get all the nutrients they need. Recent research published by Gauhati Medical College provided the shocking statistic that 15 percent of 360 senior citizens assessed in the study were suffering from malnutrition.

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Nutrition First: How an App Seeks to Make People Aware of Their Food Habits

How often do you check the cover of packaged food items for their nutritional value? Most people usually toss it in the shopping cart without thinking twice about what they are about to consume.

Given that Indian food is generally high on carbs and there is increasing preference for fatty junk foods, the nutritional value of a meal is not only diluted but the required daily nutrient intake too suffers leading to various lifestyle disorders such as diabetes and hypertension.

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Why Tuberculosis in India is a social problem

As we complete yet another year, we continue to stare at a TB epidemic in India. As I mentioned in my post last year that we have done precious little and often we seem to be distracted by newer and cooler diseases like AIDS.

I was talking to one of the health workers in Karnataka and came across a very interesting insight. She told me that Tuberculosis is a social problem in India more than health. When I asked her if she was referring to the social stigma attached with the disease, she just smiled and told me that the problem goes deeper. After an hour of our discussion I understood what the problem was…

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