Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Rise in the UK

Cancer of the prostate diagnoses in the UK have finally exceeded that of lung cancer, which was until very recently the main malignant tumour affecting men.

Rates of prostate cancer have increased in the UK to the current 25000 or so mark. This has climbed steadily over the last few years although it does not necessarily reflect an actual increase in rates but possibly just diagnosis. Part of the reason for this is the success of previous campaigns in making men more aware of their prostates and their capacity for disease. You can find your prostate by using the Prostate Cancer charity great 3D Prostate Locator on its website.

Prostate disease is very common and gets more so the older you get. Young men beneath the age of 50 are unlikely to have significant sinister disease like cancer. They may though have inflammation or infection or both called a prostatitis and some may have a slow increase in prostate size, called Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Both of these conditions may contribute to symptoms like having to get up in the night to pee, pain when peeing or pain on ejaculation. More serious symptoms like blood in the urine, erectile problems, and low back pain may indicate prostate cancer.

Autopsy studies have shown that up to 29 % of men up to the age of 40 may have small cancerous areas in their prostates whilst around about 70% of men over 75 years will have the same. Very many of these men will have died of something completely unrelated and will not have been troubled by their cancer.

What causes Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer has a number of different causes. Genetic studies in twins have shown that slightly over 40% of cases have a genetic link. The remainder seem to be environmental, probably related to diet.

Black men have an increased risk whereas Asian men seem to show less disease. If you move Asian men to the US though, you can increase their prostate cancer risks markedly, suggesting diet is a strong factor.

Barbecued red meat, for example, contains chemicals which when fed to rats will increase their rates of prostate cancer. Anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E and selenium on the other hand are thought to be protective against it. Studies have shown that men who eats lots of tomatoes which contain natural anti-oxidants will have some protection against the disease.

Prostate inflammation seems to have some effect too with men who have a history of any sexually acquired infection showing an increased rate of cancer in later life.

How is it detected?

Most men with prostate cancer are aged 50 or over and there is a growing campaign to screen men over the age of 45 for the disease. There is a problem with this in that the methods we use are not foolproof, so we compromise using a combination of different tests at different stages to try to identify those with clinically significant disease as opposed to those in whom watchful waiting is more appropriate.

Most men under the age of 50 will not have symptoms of prostate disease. So, a mixture of blood test and physical examination is used. The blood test for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is quick and gives a guide to disease activity. The values are adjusted for age. Overall a figure of less than 4 is desirable. A figure of between 4 and 10 suggests a need to investigate further. A figure of over 10 suggests a cancer until proven otherwise.

A Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) involves a doctor putting his finger inside your rectum and feeling your prostate for change in size and shape. The combination of DRE and PSA will give a good guide as to whether to progress to the next stage, biopsy.

Biopsy samples are analysed and given a score depending on how cancerous or malignant they are using a Gleason score, after the pathologist who invented it. Treatment will then be tailored to the result. Other tests such as bone scans, CAT or MRI scans of the abdomen and pelvis and chest x-ray will identify possible cancer spread. All of this adds to give a TNM score helping determine the best treatment. Extensive radical surgery may not be appropriate for men with widespread aggressive disease, who may die soon anyway.

Look after your prostate by ensuring a good mixed diet with lots of natural anti-oxidants like tomatoes. Avoid too many barbecues. Get into the swing of regular health screening with prostate health checks which you can combine with testicular, blood pressure and cholesterol screening. Being pro-active about your health means being able to make better choices about how to live your life.

The Relationship Between the Virtual Colonoscopy and the Elderly

When people eat, they probably do not pay much attention to what happens to their food once it has entered their mouth. Instead, they eat it, enjoy the overall taste, and bid it a fond farewell into their stomach. However, it is what happens afterwards, particularly in the case of people who like to eat lots of red meat and unprocessed foods, that is the most important.

Specifically, the food that a person eats can have effect on their small intestine, or colon, and this is a virtual colonoscopy checks for. Generally speaking, a person becomes a candidate for a virtual colonoscopy once they reach the age of fifty. It is at middle age that eating a lifetime of certain kinds of foods can take their toll on the colon.

However, the virtual colonoscopy also checks for such serious irregularities as colon cancer, which takes the form of cancerous polyps. Unfortunately, the predecessor to this virtual procedure, the original colonoscopy, was something that many people avoided having done because of its invasiveness. Because of this, many lives were needlessly cut short.

The virtual colonoscopy is especially liked by the elderly because of its minimal invasiveness. In the original colonoscopy, a long thin tube that was attached to a medical camera was inserted up the rectum and through the entire length of the colon. In especially delicate people, this could lead to internal bleeding. Additionally, the patient had to be lightly sedated, and the procedure would take about an hour to complete.

The virtual form of this procedure has been designed with improvements of all the aforementioned things. First of all, while a person absolutely had to wear a medical gown for the original procedure, in the virtual one they have the option of wearing their own clothing. However, it is important to note that the clothing should be without any metal, so that the scanner can work properly.

The scan itself takes place in an outpatient facility. After the patient has been positioned in the way that will be most comfortable for him or her, a small plastic tube will inserted about two inches into the rectum. Next, some carbonated air is blown through the tube in order to eliminate any folds in the tissue of the colon.

The plastic tube itself is connected to the scanner, which produces a three dimensional view of the colon. The scanned images are transmitted to a computer with specialized software that will allow the technician and the doctor to virtually travel through the colon of the patient. The original version of the colonoscopy had to be done in real time, since the camera was producing real time images.

It is important that the patient remain as still as possible while the scan is taking place. The scan itself will take only about fifteen minutes to complete. After the scan has been completed, the patient is usually able to return to his or her regular activities. The doctor will then evaluate the scan and schedule an appointment with the patient to discuss the findings.

Dana Reeve, Widow of Christopher Reeve, Has Died of Lung Cancer

Dana Reeve, the widow of Christopher Reeve who came to prominence as Superman, has succumbed to lung cancer. She was 44.

Reeve was born Dana Morosini in New York City to Charles and Helen Morosini. She graduated cum laude from Middlebury College in 1984.

Ms. Reeve is perhaps best known for her work on behalf of those with spinal cord injuries. Following the tragic horse riding accident that left her husband Christopher Reeve paralyzed for over a decade, Dana Reeve acted as Christopher’s voice. She succeeded Christopher Reeve as Chairman of the Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF) in 2004 upon Mr. Reeve’s passing following a heart attack.

Though tireless in her work for spinal injury victims, Dana Reeve was also a singer and an actress with stage and television performances to her credit. She was on the board of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey as well as that of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts at which she met Christopher. Christopher and Dana Reeve were married on April 11, 1992. They had one son together.

Although Dana Reeve was not a smoker, she announced in August 2005 that she was battling lung cancer. Lung cancer among non-smokers is indeed rare; however, MedPage Today (www.medpagetoday.com) reports, “… researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center reported last year that a mutation in the epidermal growth factor (EGF) is more common in non-smokers with lung cancer than in smokers. That mutation, they reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests that non-smokers have a distinct form of lung cancer, according to William Pao, M.D. Ph.D., and colleagues.”

According to the American Lung Association (www.lungusa.org), “Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. An estimated 173,700 new cases of lung cancer and an estimated 160,440 deaths from lung cancer will occur in the United States during 2004.”

There are two major types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer is much more common. It usually spreads to different parts of the body more slowly than small cell lung cancer.

Friend, comedian Robin Williams, was quoted, “The brightest light has gone out. We will forever celebrate her [Dana Reeve’s] loving spirit.”

Dana Reeve is survived by her father, Dr. Charles Morosini, sisters Deborah Morosini and Adrienne Morosini Heilman, her son Will and two stepchildren, Matthew and Alexandra. Dana Reeve lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2005.

Manage the Risk of Breast Cancer by Adopting Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Most Primary Care Physicians recommend a breast exam and screening mammogram for their prevention strategies of breast cancer. Although these are options for screening, cancer is a chronic disease where many body systems are out of balance, there is a lot more that can be done to promote good health. I encourage women to become proactive and adopt healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. The following information consists of recommendations based on a study of 800 articles that looked at successful lifestyle modifications that influenced the prevention of breast cancer.

In 2009, the AICR (American Institute of Cancer Research) issued an updated report suggesting that lifestyle changes could prevent an estimated 38% of all breast cancer cases, about 70,000 cases each year. New data collected since the report’s publication shows that modifications in diet and exercise can indeed decrease breast cancer risk by more than one third. In addition, the report outlines how a variety of dietary constituents impact the risk for many types of cancer. Some specific recommendations from the report are summarized below:

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Physical activity should be a part of your daily routine. Exercising 3 to 5 times a week has proven to have beneficial effects on almost all chronic diseases. Find an activity that you enjoy, this should help you stick with the regimen.

BODY FAT: Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight. Your total fat should be between 20 and 25%. The Body Composition Analysis (BCA) is a great tool to help manage the ratio of fat, fluids, and solids. This test takes a few minutes and can be done at Preventive Medicine.

FOOD and DRINK THAT PROMOTE WEIGHT GAIN: Limit consumption of high glycemic foods: starchy foods, breads, white pasta, pastries, donuts, cakes, etc. Avoid sugary drinks: juice with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving, soda, kool-aid, etc. The information provided in the report recommends eating at least 5 servings of a variety of non-starchy vegetables and fruits daily. Eat relatively unprocessed cereals and/or legumes with every meal.

PLANT FOODS It is best to consume a plant based diet. This diet should include a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables that have a variety of colors. I advise eating locally grown or organic food whenever possible. Legumes such as peas, beans and lentils are plant based and provide a good amount of dietary fiber and protein to meet your daily needs. I further recommend consuming grains in their whole form rather than products made from their flour.

ANIMAL FOODS: Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat. If you eat meat, it is better to get them from sources that allow animals to roam in a free-range pasture, not given hormones, antibiotics, or kept in a feed lot. Remember the data from The China Study: humans need to limit their consumption of animal protein to less than 10 percent of their total protein for the day. For example, if a person needs 60 gm of protein per day, then 10 percent is a mere 6 grams. One egg provides 6 grams- that would satisfy your protein needs for the day! Most of us need 0.5 to1.0 gram of protein per kg of body weight. To convert from pounds to kilograms simply divide weight in lbs by 2.2. For example, if you weigh 140 lbs (140/2.2=63) you should try to consume less than 6 grams of animal protein per day.

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS: Limit alcoholic drinks. Women are allowed two to four drinks a week, if tolerated or desired.

PRESERVATION, PROCESSING, PREPARATION Limit consumption of: salt preserved, salty, or salted foods.

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS: Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet, with targeted supplementation based on your specific needs. This is determined through gene or nutritional testing. At Preventive Medicine we offer Estrogenomics which checks genetic potential for detoxification, bone health, inflammation, and clotting potential. We also offer several options for nutritional testing.

BREASTFEEDING: When considering pregnancy plan on breastfeeding exclusively for six months and continue with complementary breastfeeding thereafter. Breastfeeding is protective for both the mother and child.

CANCER SURVIVORS: Follow the same recommendations for cancer prevention.

TOXICITY: In addition to the above stated recommendations, at Preventive Medicine we address toxicity on many levels. Toxicity can be the root cause of many chronic illnesses. I recommend eliminating all commercial household cleaning products and toxic garden pesticides. Replace them with safe, organic and biodegradable brands. Drink pure filtered water and reduce stress.

We have several tools to assist the body with detoxification, such as Foot Detoxification, nutritional changes, and supplements such as Chlorella. These resources can be found here on our website. Every individual has specific needs and Health Plans are developed based on your consultation and lab results. You may consider doing one of our detoxification lab panels and building a customized detox plan suited to meet your personal needs. Ask a staff member for more information or to schedule a consultation.

RESOURCES:

* Citation: World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research.

* The Second Expert Report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Washington, DC: AICR; 2009.

* The China Study by T.Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas M. Campbell II

* Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

* UltraPrevention by Mark Hyman, M.D. & Mark Liponis, M.D.

SPECIALTY TESTING: Preventive Medicine offers two specialized tests: Estronex and Estrogenomics. These tests measure risks associated with estrogen-sensitive cancer. Schedule a visit with Dr. Rathod to determine whether these assessments are beneficial for you.

Dr. Varsha Rathod is a board certified Rheumatologist and Internist at Preventive Medicine in the Westport Plaza Area of St. Louis, MO. The practice has focused on a combination of traditional and holistic medicine since 1967. For more articles and information about integrative solutions please visit www.preventivemedicinestl.com or call Preventive Medicine at 314-997-5403.

The information presented in this publication is for general educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used for the diagnoses of any illness. It should not serve as a substitute for being evaluated by a certified healthcare provider. If you suffer from any of these conditions you should consult a physician or an appropriate health care provider.

4 Top Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Tests

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common of the two types of lung cancer representing 80% of all diagnoses. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is the less common of the two accounting for the remaining 20%. This disease develops when the cells of the lung start to grow in a rapid and out of control way. This eventually leads to the formation of a cancerous tumour which destroys the surrounding lung cells. There are a number of symptoms related to NSCLC including a constant cough, chest pains and feeling tired all of the time. If you notice these symptoms or have any other reason to suspect you have this cancer you should go see your doctor right away. They will then be able to perform a number of tests for NSCLC which I will be discussing in this article.

1) PHYSICAL EXAMINATION:- A physical examination will begin with a few questions about your overall health. They will then ask you about any symptoms you have been experiencing. They are also likely to ask you about your smoking habits. If the doctor believes you may have NSCLC after the physical exam they are likely to request that you participate in further lung cancer tests.

2) CHEST X-RAY:- If after the physical examination your doctor believes you may be at risk for NSCLC they may suggest an x-ray of your chest. This will allow them to take a picture of the lungs so that they can look for any abnormalities or potential tumours. Depending upon what the x-ray reveals your doctor may follow up with further non-small cell lung cancer tests or start you on a treatment plan.

3) COMPUTERISED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) SCAN:- A CT scan is similar to an x-ray but takes multiple pictures of your lungs. This then allows a three dimensional image of the inside of your lungs to be built. If a chest x-ray revealed any abnormalities a CT scan may be used to allow your doctor to investigate them further. Following the CT scan your doctor will either schedule another type of test or start discussing treatments with you.

4) BRONCHOSCOPY:- This non-small cell lung cancer test allows your doctor to look at the insides of your airways using a bronchoscope (a small, flexible tube containing either a camera or an eyepiece). If a chest x-ray or CT scan have revealed any abnormalities on your lungs a bronchoscopy will allow your doctor to have a look at them first hand. The bronchoscope can also take tissue samples from any abnormalities if necessary. These samples can then be tested in a laboratory for the presence of cancerous cells.

Non-small cell lung cancer is believed to cause approximately 40,000 deaths each year in the UK. Therefore, if you have any reason to be suspicious go see your doctor right away and ask them about NSCLC testing. I hope this article has given you a greater insight into the testing process and let you know what to expect.

Whilst every intention has been made to make this article accurate and informative, it is intended for general information only. Lung cancer is a very serious, life threatening condition and you should discuss any concerns, treatments or lifestyle changes fully with your doctor.

Lung Cancer Treatment Options

If you are experiencing lung cancer symptoms or if you have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, it is important for you to understand your treatment options. The type and stage of lung cancer that you have will help determine treatment methods that you should receive. Your overall health will also be a factor in determining the type of treatment that you should be given. Lung cancer treatment options include radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, or a blend of these various options.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is administered via external-beam radiation primarily. A patient-specific treatment plan is developed and is based on each patient’s overall health as well as the stage and type of lung cancer that they are dealing with. Chemotherapy and surgery are often used in combination with radiation therapy.

Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is a form of radiation therapy that focuses many different radiation beams precisely onto a tumor. This type of therapy has a successful history of destroying minor tumors without harming the healthy tissue surrounding the tumors. Patients who have relatively small tumors and who are not healthy enough to safely undergo surgery are good candidates for SBRT. This type of therapy is still being researched and studied as a substitute for surgery.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a drug treatment for lung cancer and can be administered either intravenously or orally. The effectiveness of radiation therapy may be increased when combined and administered in conjunction with chemotherapy.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy is an effective option for those who have lung cancer that is affecting their bronchial tubes. If lung cancer is caught in its very early stages, photodynamic therapy may be able to completely eliminate the cancer altogether. If cancer is caught in its later stages, photodynamic therapy may still be used to reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with bronchial tube blockage that is caused by the cancer.

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatments

There are specific combinations of cancer treatments that are recommended for non-small cell lung cancer, depending on the patient’s health and the stage of their cancer.

Stage 0 – Surgical removal of the tumor and photodynamic therapy are generally recommended.

Stages 1 and 2 – Surgical removal is recommended where possible. If surgery is not a viable option, radiation therapy is recommended, with or without chemotherapy.

Stages 3A and 3B – Chest radiation in combination with chemotherapy is typically recommended. In rare cases, surgical removal may be recommended for stage 3A, but not for stage 3B.

Stage 4 – Surgery is not recommended for cancers that have reached this stage. Instead, chemotherapy is typically the treatment of choice, and radiation therapy may be used for specific areas.

Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatments

There are specific combinations of cancer treatments that are typically recommended for small cell lung cancer, also dependent upon the patient’s health and the stage of their cancer. Surgery is almost never used as a small cell lung cancer treatment.

Limited Stage – Chemotherapy and chest radiation therapy are often used in combination to treat this stage of small cell lung cancer. Brain radiation treatment is also typically offered to help prevent the cancer from spreading into the brain.

Extensive Stage – Chemotherapy is the primary treatment method used during this stage of cancer. Targeted radiation therapy and brain radiation therapy may also be administered in conjunction with chemotherapy.

Whether you are in the beginning or advanced stages of lung cancer, you deserve to know all of your treatment options. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the recommended treatment options for your particular type and stage of lung cancer.

What Is Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer?

A basal cell carcinoma skin cancer is the result of sun damage to the skin. The cancer tends to enlarge in a slow and steady pattern. It has the capability to spread to the tissue nearby. However, it cannot spread to the distant part of the body.

The best and the only way to detect this cancer is to go for a biopsy. The procedure involves removal of a small piece of the skin and letting a pathologist analyze it under the microscope in a medical laboratory.

The process does not work towards removing the cancer. It only takes off at the top just like the tip of an ice berg. Sometimes, the skin works towards healing once the biopsy is done as it starts growing over the cancer.

Now, this does not indicate that the cancer is gone. It just means that the cancer is covered with a layer of skin. In case, the cancer is not eliminated completely, it can get deep in to the skin and results in greater harm.

Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer existing in the world. This cancer can be quite destructive and even disfiguring. It consists of the risk of developing serious skin problems.

People with family history of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer are more vulnerable to developing this disease. Also people who have exposed themselves to sunlight or exposed to carcinogenic chemicals such as arsenic are at greater risk of developing this disease.

The treatment of this dangerous disease is either via surgery, topical chemotherapy, cryosurgery, or photodynamic therapy. The disease is not life threatening. However, if left untreated, the disease can disfigure the skin, results in bleeding and even result in local destruction in areas such as eye, ear, nose and lip.

There are several types of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer as mentioned below:

a) Nodular

This appears as flesh colored papule with telangiectasis. In case, it becomes ulcerates, it
results in ‘rodent ulcer’. It is an ulcerating nodule with a pearly border.

b) Cystic

This is a rare type of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and very difficult to distinguish from the nodular type. It has a cavity in the centre with fluid.

c) Pigmented

This is another variant of the nodular type of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. This should not confuse with melanoma.

d) Sclerosing

It is a scar like lesion.

e) Superficial

This type of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer appears as a red scaling patch.

Basal cell carcinoma skin cancer may look different from normal skin. It may also appear as skin bump or a growth that looks pearly, waxy, white, light pink, flesh colored, brown or even flat.

Here are some symptoms of basal cell carcinoma skin cancer:

* A skin sore that may bleed easily
* A sore that does not heal properly
* Sore with crusting or oozing spots
* Sore just like a scar without an injured area.
* Irregular blood vessels around the spot

– Rush to a skin doctor as soon as you observe some of the above symptoms.

Cancer Killer Nearly Forgotten

There was a story not so long ago about a natural cancer killer that had been hidden for years. In fact over 20 years. Once this secret had been revealed, it improved the chances of survival of cancer patients by many years.

It’s a tree that grows deep in the rain forest of the Amazon in South America. If your current M.D. will not take the time to look into it, then find a Naturopath or a Homeopath that will take the time to look into the information that you provide him from this article.

One thing that may be confusing is that the term/name Paw Paw will be used to describe graviola. When someone is talking about graviola and references Paw Paw they are most likely talking about the graviola from Brazil. This variety is considered stronger than graviola from other parts of the world. The reason for the difference is that non-Brazilian graviola has a single ring compound; the Brazilian variety of graviola has a double ring compound which make it (the Brazilian variety) the much more powerful graviola.

One must be aware that in Puerto Rico, paw paw has reference to the papaya fruit which has no relationship to the graviola.

We all need to look for the natural ways to prevent and cure cancer from a natural prospective.

Since the 1970’s, the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit seeds of the Amazonian Graviola tree have been studied in numerous laboratory tests and have shown remarkable result with this deadly disease, cancer.

A few years ago a pharmaceutical company started independent research on this tree and its extracts. Even though they proved that the compounds from the Graviola tree would and did cure cancer, they shelved the research. Why? Because the pharmaceutical company could not obtain an patent on their discovery.

They tried to duplicate the trees properties, but could never perfect the process. So they shut down the entire project, permanently. This goes to show that the pharmaceuticals are only interested in profit and not especially the well being of the public.

Almost ten years have passed before a natural-oriented researcher discovered the fantastic properties of the Graviola tree. This evidence was brought before the National Cancer Institute (NCI) which verified that the leaves and stems were effective in attacking and killing cancer cells.

To this day there as not been enough interest in the product for anyone in the medical field to conduct double-blind studies for its effectiveness. There was one study conducted by the Catholic University of South Korea that revealed that the extracts from the Graviola tree showed comparable results to chemotherapy.

In further research it was found that the extracts of the Graviola selectively seeks out and kills cancer cells.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, you and a doctor should look into the treatment options provided by the Graviola extract.

Now the graviola is know by many names, for instance: Cherimoya, guanabana, soursop, brazilian paw paw and probably a couple that I have not heard of as yet.

The graviola has been publicized in recent years as a successful treatment for cancer, but it is not only helpful for cancer. It has been used to treat: herpes, infections and parasites.

Graviola extracts have also been shown to be effective against the growth of Adriamycin resistant human mammary adenocarcinoma (MCF-7/Adr) by blocking the cancer cell’s access to ATP and by inhibiting the actions of plasma membrane glycoprotein.

When this happens the energy at the cell level drops to a critical level the cell falls apart. The residual pieces of the dead cancer cell are called lysing. Cancer cells group together and a large amount of lysing cannot be destroyed by the surrounding cells. Lung and brain cancer patients are especially at risk for obvious reasons.

Weight Loss And Your Health

We decide to lose weight for many reasons. Whether it be wanting to look better in our swim suit at the beach next summer or getting fit for some grand adventure, the reasons are numerous. However, the best reason by far is to benefit to our health.

Health experts associate excess poundage with numerous adverse health conditions. Coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes are but a few of the conditions that you are at higher risk of developing by being overweight. The good news is, these risks can be greatly reduced by losing excess fat and living a healthier lifestyle.

Overweight people are more likely to develop high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides, and high cholesterol. These factors put them at a greater risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke.

By losing five to ten percent of their body weight, they can greatly reduce the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. For a 200 pound person, this means losing as little as 10 pounds can significantly reduce the risk of these life threatening conditions.

Over 85 percent of the people suffering from type 2 diabetes are overweight. While it is not known exactly why these people are more prone to developing this disease, it may be that being overweight causes the cells to become resistant to the hormone insulin.

By losing weight, you can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you already have this disease, losing weight and becoming more physically fit can help control the blood sugar levels, preventing or delaying complications.

Another concern is a condition known as metabolic syndrome. A person is considered to have metabolic syndrome it they have three or more of the following conditions.

High fasting blood glucose (sugar)
High blood pressure
High triglycerides
Low levels of HDL (good cholesterol)
A large waistline

People with metabolic syndrome have approximately twice the risk of developing heart disease and five times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Approximately 27 percent of American adults are believed to have this condition.

Metabolic syndrome may be preventable through weight management and physical activity. For those that already have this condition, losing weight and becoming more physically fit may help prevent or the delay the onset of of these conditions.

These are but a few of the risks you take by being overweight. Other conditions include sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, fatty liver disease, and cancer.

For overweight people, lowering their body weight by as little as 5 percent and maintaining this weight loss, may reduce the risks of several of these conditions. They can achieve this by eating a healthy diet and participating in at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

India the Eminent Destination for Liver Surgery

A liver transplant can be defined as a comprehensive surgical procedure that is performed to replace a diseased or infected liver with a healthy liver from another individual. The liver may come from a living donor or from a deceased organ donor. Individuals or family members who are not related to the patient but make a possible match are able to donate a portion of their healthy liver to the patient.

Most of the acute liver diseases present similar symptoms with different variations. Some of the common symptoms for liver disease are loss of appetite, common nausea and frequent vomiting, vomiting of blood, abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the eye), distension of the abdomen (accumulation of the fluid- ascites), swelling of the lower limbs, weight loss, and altered sensorium and in the very later stage- coma.

Liver is a very crucial body organ, which is mainly responsible for the processing of essential nutrients from the very food you eat, synthesizing the bile and most importantly removing all the harmful toxins from the body system. To ensure that your liver keeps on performing its routine functions, one would need to follow a regulated and healthy lifestyle.

There are many liver diseases that are metabolic in nature and hence are inherent at the very time of birth. However, most of the common liver diseases are very much preventable like the alcohol induced liver disease; liver disease induced by fatty liver (NAFLD), Hepatitis A, B and C.

India is one of the leading destinations for comprehensive liver surgery and transplant; liver surgery in India is associated with many advantages the foremost one being the low cost of surgery. The Centre for Liver and Biliary Surgery (CLBS) at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in New Delhi is one of the eminent and renowned liver transplant programs of the world. This eminent destination for liver surgery in India has successfully delivered 1800 liver transplant operations.

At the Centre for Liver and Biliary Surgery (CLBS) all stages of the liver disease can be efficiently treated through proper guidance for prevention, advanced drug therapy for viral hepatitis, proper rehabilitation and care for alcoholic liver disease and liver cancer. This eminent destination for liver surgery in India is equipped with some of the most advanced technology that is available today in the domain, the faculty of the hospital includes some of the leading professionals who have set many benchmarks when it comes to effective and efficient liver surgery. The institute provides pre and post surgeries care to its patients, this ensures that the patients would recover quickly.

The Centre for Liver and Biliary Surgery (CLBS) at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital has become a name that is associated with excellence in the domain of liver surgery in India, patients from all over the globe visit India for getting themselves treated at CLBS.