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Festive treats at Spa Cenvaree

Published November 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Festive treats at Spa Cenvaree

Nov 14. 2019
By The Nation

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This holiday season, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin invites you to visit Spa Cenvaree and create your own spa experience by customizing your spa package with its Spa Smorgasboard.

Promising to pamper you from head to toe, the latest treatment features some of Spa Cenvaree’s popular treatments which you can pick and mix to create your own 150 minutes of heaven.

A personalised treatment begins with a scrub session to detoxify your skin. Brown rice & Black sesame, Passion fruit & Lemongrass, or Matcha green tea are all on the natural scrub menu and are a good preparation for the next ultimate nourishment – a massage session. These include Traditional Thai, Aromatherapy, Balinese and more – each offered by experienced therapists. The blissful journey ends with a facial pampering session of either Anti-aging of Facial-Glow treatment.

The holiday pleasure doesn’t end there as Spa Cenvaree prepares a special gift for you to take home.

The Spa Smorgasboard is available every day until December 31 and costs Bt4,999 net.

Child obesity

Published November 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Child obesity

Nov 11. 2019
By The Nation
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 Welcome to Health Talk programme of Thonburi Healthcare Group. Today our topic is child obesity.  Dr Tanatip, please talk about the latest development on child obesity. In my opinion, many people are worried by the current uptrend. Unlike when we’re kids 30-40 years ago, today’s issue is rather different. In the older days, malnutrition was a major problem and there were quite a number of skinny kids who needed medical attention.

Today, the problem is the other way around as more and more kids are overweight due to many factors, including heredity and the way they are brought up. The modern lifestyle and better economic well-being have led to convenient access to ready-to-eat food and snacks which are high in flours and sugar.

Child obesity is now a major issue because it negatively affects children’s development both physically and mentally. People who are overweight from a young age will have medical issues similar to those in adults such as diabetes and high blood pressure. We should talk to our pediatrician on child obesity for further details.

Dr Rottanart, what is the medical definition of obesity in children? We basically look at the weight and height ratio as well as their age. This ratio should not exceed 120 per cent. A ratio of 140-200 is obese, while over 200 is hyper obese with potential medical complications.

There are many factors contributing to child obesity such as genetic, environmental, upbringing and other factors. Worldwide, child obesity is on the uptrend, including in Thailand. Today’s lifestyle and mobile media have played a leading role in this uptrend as children tend to use less energy while consuming more fast foods, snacks, and sugary drinks, but less natural foods, especially fruits and vegetable.

For parents, what is your advice? Actually, we need to follow up on the obesity issue from child birth and monitor the weight/height ratio regularly when children have appointments for vaccination. We can take precautionary measures from a very young age with the help of parents and caregivers, especially in terms of food intakes and calories while adjusting their eating behavior to prevent the onset of obesity and its complications, including child diabetes.

What’s about the eating habit? Parents have a major role in this factor. We also found that kids who are breastfed by mothers are healthier with less obesity or no obesity problem. After 6 months, kids need proper nutrition covering all five major groups of food while they should avoid oily, fried and other unhealthy stuffs. When they are 2 or older, they should also turn to low-fat dairy products if obesity could be a problem.

Parents also need to be role models in the household in terms of eating behavior. Unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, for example, should be out of sight. Parents should also lead the way in doing more physical activities to avoid a sedentary lifestyle or spending too many hours in front of mobile phones and other digital devices.

Basically, we need to restrict the inactive hours when little energy is used such as playing mobile games while watching TV and eating a lot of unhealthy snacks for hours.

When should kids start regular exercise? In fact, most  children are quite energetic so parents may introduce them to proper exercise suitable for their age. For example, biking, walking and other outdoor activities are good.

In Thailand, most obese kids have a weight-to-height ratio of 140-160 which are relatively mild. We have seen only a few who are 200 or more.

If teens aged from 10-15 are already obese, will they face a more serious problem afterwards?. Yes, teenagers are more independent and it will be more difficult for parents to manage their diets.

Besides, dietary control and physical exercise, there are other methods to tackle obesity in young adults when their cases are serious. Medication and surgery are among the other options.

Dr Rottanart, there is also a high probability that obese teens will become obese adults with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

Genetically, we have discovered certain genes are responsible for obesity so this is also a factor. If both parents are overweight, there is a high chance that their children may also be overweight. The environmental factor is also crucial since kids in overweight households tend to over-eat.

10.28-12.22 —Overall, the best way to prevent child obesity is to promote breastfeeding for newborns. The less formula feeding is the better for obesity prevention. Afterwards, kids should be fed according to their age, with less sweet and fried foods as well as less sugary drinks, but more healthy food such as fish.

For school-age kids, it is recommended that parents restrict the number of hours for kids using mobile and other digital devices. For example, kids aged from 2 to 5 should not play smartphone games more than two hours per day, while older kids need to do more physical activities. Parents should be role models and do these activities together as a family.

For teens, they have to take care of themselves with proper diet and regular exercise. Three meals a day are necessary but they should avoid food and snacks with a lot of flour and sugar contents which leads to obesity.

ADHD and Nomo-phobia

Published November 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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ADHD and Nomo-phobia

Nov 04. 2019

By The Nation
Thonburi Healthcare Group
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Welcome to Health Talk programme of Thonburi Healthcare Group. Today, we will talk about pediatrics or medicine for children. Here is Dr. Tanatip at Thonburi Hospital’s pediatric center.

Dr.Tanatip, this centre has three major sections. The first section is for sick children, who need treatment for cold and coughing or diarrhea or any other acute illness. The second part of this centre is for well children who need vaccinations and other services. They are separate to prevent infection and other problems.

The third section is aimed at child development issues, which have become more important due to the rising number of medical issues affecting kids during their early years.

Among the top issues are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), child obesity and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or Nomophobia (no mobile phone phobia) or computer game addiction or slow reading development.

What are the major changes over the past 30-40 years regarding medical issues among kids? In my opinion, there are two big changes. First, medical problems which were previously not widely recognized have become more apparent. For example, our generation  had some friends in school who probably suffered from the attention deficit and hyperactivity problem (30-40 years ago). There were neither diagnosis nor treatment back then.

However, we’re now better equipped to deal with this kind of problems. The class’s teacher would have reported to parents any kids who are suspected to have this problem. Parents are often advised to see the pediatrician.

Another change is that we have observed some relatively new medical issues such as child obesity or even obsessive compulsive disorder. In the older days, overweight kids, for example,  were rare as more kids had suffered from malnutrition. So back then we talked about better nourishment. Now, the opposite is true, over-eating as well as insufficient physical activity are the problems.

Medical issue among kids in Thailand when compared to those in other countries, are there any significant differences? Dr Tanatip, the world has become smaller due to technology advances. Developed and developing countries mostly have the same digital gadgets such as Internet and smart phones or Ipads or more ready-to-eat meals at convenient stores next door.

The current generation are less physically active and some stay in smaller places such as condominium units with no or little space for an active lifestyle, while both parents usually work so they have less time for kids.

Next, we will talk to specialist doctors covering each of the medical issues mentioned earlier. First is the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Here is Dr Chalermphol, the pediatrician, what’s the definition of this medical issue. Dr Chalermphol, parents usually tell me that their kids might be hyperactive from a very young age as they could play around non-stop without being exhausted.

In the older days, some people thought hyper-active kids were probably smart kids but some of these so-called smart kids were in fact suffering from the attention deficit problem.

Since they are hyperactive, they also disturb the class and teachers may not be able to handle them. Some also abuse their classmates.

Teachers should report such as a problem to parents so that they may see the doctors. Parents who have multiple children may notice that one of them is rather hyperactive compared to the rest or the teachers would in some cases ask the parents to see the doctors before having the kids back to the classroom.

What is the definition of ADHD and its diagnosis? Dr ChalermpholADHD in very young kids is obvious when kids have little or no self control largely due to a chemical imbalance in the brain where concentration is managed.

There are varying degrees of ADHD patients, starting from mildness to a serious level. Symptoms are consistent hyperactivity, restlessness, impulsiveness, lack of a focus. Some kids have problems at school in terms of inability to follow the lessons or play too hard with classmates.

In these cases, parents should bring their kids to specialists on child development. In serious cases, these kids could not act normally in class, or they have to walk around or they would just physically abuse other kids due to the lack of self-control.

Many of these kids also perform badly in class with low grades due to the inability to focus for an extended period. Their attention span is very short so learning is a big challenge for them. In short, kids who can focus for a reasonable amount of time can learn better.

What is the treatment plan for those diagnosed with ADHD? Dr Chaelermphol says parents should be cautious especially when their kids have problems at school.

In some cases, kids may have some inclinations such as they may like maths more than other lessons that need a lot of reciting or they may like some teacher characters and hate the others.

As a result, we have to find out if they are really ADHD sufferers or they are affected by other factors as mentioned. If the kids are confirmed to be ADHD, parents and teachers need to be involved in helping the kids. Basically, we try to help kids manage their weaknesses while strengthening their positive behaviors so they can adapt and lead a more normal lifestyle at home and at school.

In some cases, we also need medication to tackle the brain chemical imbalance.

What is the heredity factor? Dr Chalermphol, we could say that this is a major factor as we often learn that parents who are ADHD usually have a higher probability that one of their kids could also suffer from ADHD.

As a result, we often ask parents if they used to experience some forms of ADHD when they were young. However, the body of ADHD knowledge is quite new so we are still learning about this medical issue. Many parents told me that they faced a lot of difficulties at learning during their school years. Some said when they grow up they still have some of these symptoms or tend to make impulsive decisions.

Sometimes, they find it hard to stick to a long-term plan.

What is the timeline of ADHD from a young age to adulthood? Dr Chalermphon says we can expect the brain function to improve when kids get older as can observe from previous generations. When you get older, you tend to have less problems with ADHD.

For ADHD in adults, they are more obvious in terms of emotional rather than physical areas.

Besides heredity, ADHD has other causes. For example, kids who are born significantly prematurely could suffer from ADHD or kids who have brain damage.

In fact, brain function development started long before kids are born. As a result, a pregnant mother who smokes or drinks alcohol would hurt their unborn baby who will likely suffer from ADHD.

As a result, pregnant women are advised to refrain from smoking and alcoholic consumption while fathers are also advised to stop smoking since second-hand smoking has similar adverse effects on unborn babies.

What is the ratio of ADHD cases in Thailand? The findings show that over 10 per cent. The sooner we diagnose ADHD cases, the less severe consequences are found among kid patients. However, if left untreated for a long time, the consequences could be more serious.

Just imagine if ADHD kids are not treated, they could face psychological effects from their inability to focus such as punishment from adults. These are good kids but they don’t follow instructions due to the inability to focus and listen attentively.

So the kids are under constant pressure to conform leading to problematic relationship with their parents or teachers and later on emotional problems as well as aggression.

It’s the duty of parents to observe their kids’ behavior closely, especially when they start school or around kindergarten level 3. More serious ADHD cases could be seen at an even younger age.

Digital technology has a significant impact on people’s lifestyle. Dr Chalermphol, please explain Nomo-phobia or the so-called no mobile phone phobia. This means people are anxious when their mobile phones are not around.

Due to the current lifestyle, you and me are often worried if personal smartphones are not handy. In many cases, people feel lonely when they do not have smartphones with them. In serious cases, they suffer from acute moodiness when there is no Internet connectivity or their phones are lost or batteries are out. Some also have headaches or stomach pain.

The suffering is obvious among those who use smartphones many hours a day. Teenagers are most vulnerable to this Nomo-phobia, aged 18-24. About 70 per cent of this age group are found to have suffered some degree of this Nomo-phobia.

Some adults also have suffered such as an anxiety. We think this stems from the lack of self-confidence when their smartphones are not around and usable.

Some people are worried that if they are in trouble they could not ask for help. Another factor is the rise of social media. People want to know what happens instantly or learn the latest about their friends or their communities so when they don’t have smartphones or connectivity they suffer.

They feel they are left out if unable to check Facebook or Instagram as often as they like.  That’s a new phenomenal.

Thais still crazy for bubble tea

Published November 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thais still crazy for bubble tea

Oct 31. 2019
By The Nation

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One of the most popular beverages in Asia continues to make its presence felt in Thailand, with Thais knocking back 6 glasses per month on average, according to Taiwan-based bubble tea chain The Alley.

And bubble tea has now found its way to Europe and America – known as the Blue Ocean market –with The Alley opening 300 branches around the world and more planned for Germany and England.

Anol Thanesworakul, chairman of Millary, which owns the franchise in Thailand, said the global bubble tea market is expected to reach more than Bt100 billion in 2023 from Bt62 billion in 2018.

According to GrabFood statistics, the bubble tea market in Thailand enjoyed a 3,000-per-cent growth rate in 2017-2018 with 1,500 bubble tea brands and around 4,000 shops.

Thailand has seen a growth rate of at least 40 per cent in the last 3 years valued at Bt2.5-Bt3 billion. It is forecast to reach a value of Bt5 billion in the next few years. However, the market will turn into a ‘red ocean’ market and without any flagship product or new gimmicks, could drop by 20-25 per cent causing some brands to leave the market.

Middle-quality bubble tea prices are around Bt40-75 and hold 60 per cent of the market while the mass market price of Bt40 or less has 30 per cent.

According to The Alley record, the main customers are female (79 per cent) with males making up the remaining 21 per cent. Most consumers are young adults between the ages of 24 and 35 (50 per cent) and workers aged 35 to 44 years (25 per cent).

Anti-ageing medicine and wellness tips

Published October 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Anti-ageing medicine and wellness tips

Oct 28. 2019

 

By The Nation
Thonburi Healthcare Group.
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Welcome to the Health Talk programme with Dr Tanatip of Thonburi Healthcare Group. The programme is online every Monday at 8 am on the websites of Nation Thailand and Bangkokbiznews. We discuss the latest healthcare trends in Thailand and other Asian countries.

Today, we’ll talk about anti-ageing medicine and wellness tips. Dr Tanatip, wellness has become a buzzword over the last decade, but I think I will focus on the quality of life (as you get older) rather than other aspects of the wellness definition. For instance, many people have the difficulty to touch their upper back with one of their hands when they are getting old.

Maybe a trivial thing for some, but this problem is not ordinary, especially when you occasionally have an itchy back. When you are younger you could touch and or scratch your upper back with ease. That’s not possible any longer due to the tightening shoulder muscles. But there is a solution to this problem. Senior citizens may need a physical therapist’s session over a period of six months or one year to loosen the muscles. In other words, wellness in this context is to extend the quality of life as you age.

Other issues faced by the ageing population include increased tiredness. You used to get upstairs a couple of floors with ease, then it’s no longer the case. Then there’s the generational factor. Your parents’ generation, those who are now in their late 70s or 80s, have a different frame of reference when it comes to the definition of wellness. Based on my clinical experience, they prefer to be left alone.

Then, there are those baby boomers aged from 55 to 70. They are well educated with a lot of savings and financial resources so they want to maintain the quality of life after retirement. They want to travel the world in good shape, even on their own, or can still drive with ease for 3-4 hours for a domestic holiday trip without having to depend on their children.

If the baby boomers want to achieve this goal, when they need to start the preparation? In my opinion, they may start as early as 35 or 40 years old. For females, there is also the child-bearing factor affecting their hormones, weight control and physical exercise. For males, many have had alcoholic drinks or smoked when they are younger so it’s time for more discipline.

Those who stop drinking and smoking when they reach 40, they may expect a big improvement in the general health. If they don’t, they will likely face a significant health issue in advanced age. So a decent lifestyle is a big deal post-40-years of age. It’s the turning point for you to start the anti-ageing effort before it’s too late.

What’s about diet? Yes, it’s another key factor and there have been many bad guys when it comes to food. However, the good guys in terms of food definitely include fresh fruits vegetables. Citrus and turmeric powders (in some Thai curries and other dishes) are among those backed by research which shows they have health-beneficial properties. They can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, for example.

On the other hand, sugary and salty foods are bad for health, with people in Southeast Asia, including Thailand, among heavy consumers of sweet and salty food. For oily and fatty food, it’s not yet a big problem in Thailand, but it may be a more obvious problem for Indian and Middle Eastern people.

Red meat and highly processed meat products are not good either so are liquid oil turned into artificial butter and other processed stuffs. However, there are both good and bad fats and oils so we have to differentiate.

More importantly, many Thai and Southeast Asian people have consumed too much starch and carbohydrates. (Due to the improved economic well-being and less manual work,) over-consumption leads to more bad fats and cholesterols, which can cause heart disease, stroke and diabetes etc.

There is an old saying that the less you eat the longer you may live. You can also use the body mass index (BMI) or a simple formula that you minus your height with 100 for male and with 110 for female. I am 182 cm tall so my ideal weight is 82 kg. I am currently 3 kg overweight. A proper ratio of height to  weight has a direct correlation to good health, especially as you age.

After diet, the next key factor for good health is physical exercise, especially when you’re 40 or older. Yes, it’s necessary to exercise at least every other day. You may start with the aerobic workout which is good for your heart and physical flexibility as well as balance. You should do aerobic for at least half an hour with a peak performance after 15 minutes, then slow and cool down. For me at 53, my heart rate should reach 130-140 beats per minute while doing the aerobic exercise to prevent an overloading. Good balance is also essential since it helps prevent injuries in old age.

In terms of the anti-aging medicine, what is the latest development? Dr Tanatip, there are now many new screening methods such as those to measure your cognitive capacity for the probability of Alzheimer’s disease. Or the genome tests for genetic probabilities of some diseases. However, only 180 genes are known in relation to some diseases so there is a limit at this stage.

The datasets are expanding with more people around the world taking more tests to help artificial intelligence (AI) software improve the capability to diagnose with predictive analytics. We can expect more accuracy in this technology over the next decade.

In anti-aging medicine, I also like to talk about the psychological factor or attitudes. When I see my patients, I often say there are two major groups of senior citizens, the active ones and the lazy ones. For example, my father in his 80s is still very active and he drives to see doctors twice a week by himself, one trip for the eye doctor another for prostate treatment. He follows the doctors’ instructions strictly.

On the other hand, my mother is in the opposite camp as she likes to lie down the whole day watching TV. She only gets up for meals and prefers a sedentary lifestyle. So we need to approach the two groups differently from the psychological perspective. In general, both groups, including the active group,  should not over-do and the middle way is probably better.

Regarding the Generation Y who are 40 or younger, they appear to be more in control of their lifestyle and forecasts show that this generation’s life expectancy will likely reach 100. Generation X or those who are now over 50 may live until 90. However, Gen Y are more health-conscious and better at diet management.

Overall, anti-aging medicine has become more tailor-made with specific targets and behavior therapies plus vitamins, supplements and lifestyle changes etc. For those who are 40 you should start to look after yourself.

Time is up for the Health Talk programme. Good Bye.  Episode 7–Anti-ageing medicine and wellness tips

Welcome to the Health Talk programme with Dr Tanatip of Thonburi Healthcare Group. The programme is online every Monday at 8 am on the websites of Nation Thailand and Bangkokbiznews. We discuss the latest healthcare trends in Thailand and other Asian countries.

Today, we’ll talk about anti-ageing medicine and wellness tips. Dr Tanatip, wellness has become a buzzword over the last decade, but I think I will focus on the quality of life (as you get older) rather than other aspects of the wellness definition. For instance, many people have the difficulty to touch their upper back with one of their hands when they are getting old.

Maybe a trivial thing for some, but this problem is not ordinary, especially when you occasionally have an itchy back. When you are younger you could touch and or scratch your upper back with ease. That’s not possible any longer due to the tightening shoulder muscles. But there is a solution to this problem. Senior citizens may need a physical therapist’s session over a period of six months or one year to loosen the muscles. In other words, wellness in this context is to extend the quality of life as you age.

Other issues faced by the ageing population include increased tiredness. You used to get upstairs a couple of floors with ease, then it’s no longer the case. Then there’s the generational factor. Your parents’ generation, those who are now in their late 70s or 80s, have a different frame of reference when it comes to the definition of wellness. Based on my clinical experience, they prefer to be left alone.

Then, there are those baby boomers aged from 55 to 70. They are well educated with a lot of savings and financial resources so they want to maintain the quality of life after retirement. They want to travel the world in good shape, even on their own, or can still drive with ease for 3-4 hours for a domestic holiday trip without having to depend on their children.

If the baby boomers want to achieve this goal, when they need to start the preparation? In my opinion, they may start as early as 35 or 40 years old. For females, there is also the child-bearing factor affecting their hormones, weight control and physical exercise. For males, many have had alcoholic drinks or smoked when they are younger so it’s time for more discipline.

Those who stop drinking and smoking when they reach 40, they may expect a big improvement in the general health. If they don’t, they will likely face a significant health issue in advanced age. So a decent lifestyle is a big deal post-40-years of age. It’s the turning point for you to start the anti-ageing effort before it’s too late.

What’s about diet? Yes, it’s another key factor and there have been many bad guys when it comes to food. However, the good guys in terms of food definitely include fresh fruits vegetables. Citrus and turmeric powders (in some Thai curries and other dishes) are among those backed by research which shows they have health-beneficial properties. They can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, for example.

The case for a cuppa coffee

Published October 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30377790

The case for a cuppa coffee

Oct 27. 2019
By The Nation

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Contrary to popular belief, coffee has many health benefits and is even suitable for elderly people, says Dr Kritsada Siripuch, director of the Centre for Anti-Ageing Medicine.

“Coffee is a regular beverage for many people. But there is much concern if drinking too much will affect the body,” says Kritsada. “Too much caffeine can cause headache, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, restlessness and diarrhoea. And if one experiences chest pain, one must see a doctor as muscle twitching or twitching may be caused by caffeine poisoning.

Kritsada said a number of patients who come to consult about ageing want to continue drinking coffee. “Actually it is not a taboo at all because coffee is a part of the anti-ageing programme,” he said.

Enumerating the benefits of coffee, Kritsada said: “The caffeine in coffee stimulates the body and wakes up the brain, because there are other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine, which stimulate the brain.”

He said caffeine helps burn fat because this black drink helps to increase the metabolic rate of our body by 3 to 11 per cent, according to research by Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. A study published in the American Journal Clinical Nutrition states that coffee can increase fat burning by 10 per cent in obese people, while in general people who have lean bodies it can burn up to 29 per cent. However, long-term use of coffee may reduce the results of the burning.

Among the other benefits Kritsada outlined were:

➤ It increases exercise potential. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system to signal to the lump of fat cells to break down fat. In addition, it also increases the adrenaline levels circulating in the blood, making the body ready to go into muscle-ready mode, causing caffeine to increase exercise power by 11-12 per cent on average, according to a study in the journal International Journal Sport Nutrition Exercise Metabolism.

➤ Coffee has vitamins and minerals. One cup of coffee reportedly contains vitamins B2, B3, B5 and the minerals manganese and potassium.

➤ Caffeine may help reduce diabetes risk, especially Type 2 diabetes. Many studies show that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of diabetes by 23-50 per cent. Researchers from the Faculty of Public Health of the University of Oklahoma concluded that three glasses of coffee per day can reduce the risk by 67 per cent.

➤ Caffeine protects us from Alzheimer’s disease that is common in humans aged 65 years and above, although it also depends on eating and exercising. According to a study by the University of Lisbon Neurology, caffeine consumption is associated with a significantly reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Another important work from Portugal, published in the journal Alzheimer’s disease, also studied “Caffeine intake and dementia: systemic review and meta-analysis”.

➤ It is reported that people who drink four cups of coffee a day may reduce the risk of cirrhosis from alcohol. A study by the Medical Research Department Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Programme revealed that this property is derived from substances in coffee. A study by the Department of Statistics and Epidemiology, University of Milan-Bicocca, found that coffee may suspend the occurrence of cirrhosis from alcohol and not from alcohol which does not include other caffeine beverages.

Dr Kritsada said drinking coffee has some health benefits that should be known, whether it affects the brain, fat, metabolism, diabetes or weight loss. But not everyone needs to drink coffee on a regular basis to reap its benefits as they can be obtained by eating other foods, too.

[Weekender] A new leaf

Published October 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30377759

[Weekender] A new leaf

Oct 26. 2019
By The Korea Herald
By Lee Sun-young

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Amid proliferation of coffee shops, boutique teahouses pop up, presenting a slower and healthier lifestyle.

Coffee has a formidable grip on the daily lives of Koreans, but tea is slowly and quietly gaining traction.

Social media-savvy hipsters wait for weeks for a tea ceremony experience. Teahouses that claim to sell not just a cuppa, but a lifestyle, are emerging as trendy hot spots.

Some see in it as a counteraction to the Starbucks-driven explosion of coffee culture here. Others speak of a refreshing return to the country’s own sipping traditions.

“I think we’ve grown too accustomed to quickly grabbing a latte on the go and quenching our thirst on hot summer days with iced coffee drinks. But tea is a new thing,” Min Yu-ri, 42, said, adding she was in the process of switching from coffee to tea.

Making tea drinking feel new, despite its thousand-year history here, are a breed of teahouses that source premium leaves, create unique blends and present them with a new concept.

Tea-based cocktails and cold fare are on the offer, while some shops match tea with yoga and books.

“Tea is more of a lifestyle. One that is slow, simple and healthy,” said Ryu Gyeonghyeong, general manager of tea bar Altdif.

Soap & Glory launches new ‘scent-sation’

Published October 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30377610

Soap & Glory launches new ‘scent-sation’

Oct 21. 2019
By The Nation

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Soap & Glory has launched a range of new Magnifi-Coco “scent-sation” body products after feedback from their customers, who were asked what fragrance they would love, the company said in a press statement on Monday.

We have been supporting Clean of England since 2006, when we started formulating fun, world-class products to give every girl the best bang for her beauty budget,” the firm said, adding: “Soap & Glory asked our fans what new fragrance they would love – they spoke and we listened!”

Soap & Glory’s “new range of body stuffs is enriched with natural ingredients such as coconut and green-tea extract to leave your skin feeling smooth and smelling ‘glory-ous’”, the company added.

A CREAM COME TRUE™ Body Butter (300 ml 480 baht)

This luminous and moisturizing blend has coconut and fruit oils,shea and coconut seed butters to hydrate, plusa subtle sparkle for shimmery soft skin.

CLEAN-A-COLADA™ Body Wash (500 ml 480 baht)

This super creamy, moisturizing wash has coconut and green tea extracts for a refreshing and invigorating bathroom experience.

DROP IN THE LOTION™ Body Lotion  (500 ml 550 baht)

This lightweight and ultra-absorbent hydrating lotion is enriched with coconut and almond oils,shea butter and green tea extract for glory-ousl soft skin.

BUFF & READY™ Body Scrub (300 ml 455 baht)

This skin-buffing blend has green tea extract and exfoliating coconut shell for smooth and glowing skin!

Stroke care and prevention

Published October 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Stroke care and prevention

Oct 21. 2019
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Welcome to the Health Talk programme of Thonburi Healthcare Group (THG). The Here is THG’s Jin Well Being County (a senior citizen’s condominium complex in Rangsit area of Bangkok).

Dr Tanatip, Medically, we call it a cerebrovascular disease, while people generally call it paralysis or hemiparesis and it can affect the face or legs. Sometimes, patients are bed-ridden. This disease is among the top killers in Thailand.

Statistics shows that there are an annual 400,000 fatalities in Thailand with cancer being the No 1 killer accounting for about 70,000 deaths, followed by cardiovascular and then cerebrovascular diseases, each accounting for about 35,000 deaths. Together, the number of deaths is about 70,000.

Then, road accidents lead to another 20,000-plus deaths.

All these factors account for nearly half of the total fatalities annually. In fact, both heart attack and then brain attack are caused by blood vessel problems. Both diseases have a high fatality rate. If you survived these two diseases, then there could still be challenges since your capacity could have been reduced from say 100 per cent to 70, 60 or 50 per cent. That means the quality of life will be affected, causing concerns among medical professionals as well as family members and relatives.

Who are among the high risk groups? Generally speaking, senior citizens with diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol etc are among the risky groups. Risk factors are similar to those of heart or renal diseases. However, we’ve started to see younger stroke patients as young as 45. Lack of exercise is another factor.

Please talk about F.A.S.T. This is a method to observe those who may have suffered from the cerebrovascular disease. The first F represents face or facial drooping. Some people will have facial drooping or facial numbness. A represents arm as they may have arm weakness or leg weakness or both. Then, S stands for speech as people suffering from stroke may have difficulty to talk as the disease affects a part of the brain that controls speech.

T stands for time. Worldwide, we have been campaigning for a fast track to treat stroke patients. The golden period for patients to get medication to address the blood clotting problem is within 4-5 hours. The sooner is the better. It will enhance the effectiveness of treating stroke patients. If the patient is  treated within the first 4-5 hours of suffering from the disease, the outcome can be as high as a 70 or 80  or even 100 per cent recovery.

Can you talk about caring for stroke patients?  Yes, that depends whether it’s ischemic stroke which is due to the lack of blood flow or it’s hemorrhagic which is due to bleeding , both of which resulting in parts of the brain not working properly.

In the former case, patients can be treated with injection of medicine to address the blood clotting problem. Regarding the hemorrhagic case, it’s more challenging, as patients may need a brain surgery. The acute care period is the first 4-5 days after treatment.

Afterwards, it is the rehabilitation process for a better recovery. Patients need physical therapy to regain their muscle strength after suffering from stroke since our muscles will lose strength if they are not used for two weeks or longer. Once the brain recovers, the patient can then return to use their arms and legs.

What is Jin Well Being’s service for patients needing rehabilitation? In fact, we’re planning to open a new hospital especially for this patient group as well as those with chronic illnesses (inside Jin Well Being County) to provide long-term care. The planned Thonburi Burana Hospital will have no surgery room as it is designed to mainly provide rehabilitation care and related services so patients may return to a normal lifestyle as soon as possible.

In addition, Jin Well Being has residential units with a friendly environment allowing the patients’ loved ones and relatives to visit with ease and comfort. Altogether, here is a place like your  home and a hospital, especially for patients who need long-term care. They don’t need to go to a big hospital with all state-of-the-art facilities since their medical condition is no longer critical. The big hospital is also very expensive, costing more than 10,000 per day. However, these patients cannot stay at home either, due to the need for professional healthcare.

We provide all medical and nursing services while family members and relatives can come here as often as they like and there is no restriction on visiting hours. We also have a lot of walking space with gardens and trees as well as fitness and other facilities.

More importantly, the patients will live in a community of those who have similar challenges so they will make friends and give one another moral support. Those who have seen improvements from the rehab process can also help cheer up newcomers. This is a very important and useful feature of staying here to recover and return to a normal lifestyle.

What’s your advice on stroke prevention in the first place, especially for younger age groups from 40-45 years onwards?

Generally speaking, you have to manage your diet and avoid being overweight, exercise regularly at least 3-4 days a week. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, it is necessary to put it under control either by changing your lifestyle or medication. You may try to lose weight and do more exercises to manage these risk factors.

In the event that you have had a stroke and survived with a reduced physical capacity of, say, 60 or 70 per cent, you can still live another 20 or 30 years. Just don’t lose your will power.

Last but not least, what is the cerebral aneurysm? Is it related to stroke? Regarding cerebral aneurysm, there are many causes and in some cases the causes are unknown. An analogy is like a water hose for gardening (blood vessels in the brain) is somehow swollen, doctors may do a surgical clipping to isolate an aneurysm.

There are cases that such an operation is performed before bleeding, that’s an effective treatment. In other cases, it may be too late, patients may not survive or may suffer paralysis. After all, prevention is always better.

We thank Thonburi Healthcare Group and Jin Well Being for the venue. Please contact them for further information on the long-term care service.

The benefits of sport science

Published October 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The benefits of sport science

Oct 14. 2019

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Dr. Tanatip, Sport science is basically about physical exercise as well as competitive sporting activities. This body of modern scientific knowledge can help people do better and have more fun in various sports, while reducing injuries. Sport science is also helpful in the rehabilitation of patients and has benefits for all age groups.

For children, it can help improve their physical health. This science also benefits adults and professional sports persons as well as senior citizens in terms of revitalizing their lifestyles. They just need appropriate exercises that fit their age and other conditions.

For those who have chronic illnesses, it is also useful. For example, a person’s physical capacity may have dropped from 100 to 80-90 (per cent) due to old age, sport scientists can design a programme to help prevent more illnesses or even reverse the course by improving the patient’s physical performance to, say, 91-92 (per cent). That’s rehabilitation. Next, we will show you the state-of-the-art fitness facilities and equipment at Jin Well Being County of Thonburi Healthcare Group. The facilities have sport scientists working regularly to advice you, covering all age groups from adults to senior citizens or those with chronic illnesses. We will go over there and have a look.

Now I am at Jin Well Being’s fitness centre (in Bangkok’s Rangsit area), with two sport scientists, Khun Bas and Khun Bank, who can give professional advice to the general public as well as sportsmen and senior citizens.

First of all, please talk about the various modes of physical exercise, duration, intensity, and frequency. Generally speaking, we exercise for the strength of body  muscles and for cardiovascular or heart fitness. For muscle strength, we focus on weight training, body weight or cross fit sessions for the benefits of body mass and muscles.

Another is the aerobic or cardio exercise to strengthen the heart and cardio-vascular system. Generally, we should exercise 3-5 days or a total of 150 minutes per week to stay healthy. Each session may vary from 30 minutes to an hour to achieve the total of 150 minutes per week.

Mainly, there are two major types of exercise, one for muscle strength and the other for cardio strength. Right here, what’s the benefit of this machine?

This machine is good for the aerobic exercise or the cardio or heart fitness.

For the general public, what’s your advice on a suitable exercise programme? Basically, there are no special precautions (unless you have some medical conditions). For senior citizens, we need to check if they have chronic diseases and other conditions so that we can recommend a suitable exercise programme covering the appropriate mode, duration and intensity.

Generally, we will go for light and medium exercises for senior citizens such as Tai chi (Chinese-styled exercise)  or an aerobic exercise in the swimming pool. For cardio-exercises on a machine, the intensity is important so they should stay within Zone 2 or Zone 3, meaning their heart rate should range from 120 to 140 per minute. We can also calculate based on age like the formula mentioned by Dr Tanatip.

So we start with the maximum heart rate of 220 per minute, then minus by your age. If you are 50, that’s 170, then we aim to achieve 80 per cent of the max heart rate or about 150 per minute in this case. The machine has sensors to measure the heart while you work out.

If we aim for muscle strength, what’s your advice? First, if you’re already familiar with physical exercise, you can continue as you did before, but if you are a newcomer you need to have a physical therapist or a trainer to guide you. For those with heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure, what is your advice?

They will have to consult their physicians before starting an exercise programme.

Afterwards, the doctors will forward cases to sport scientists to help design an suitable exercise programme. We also need to do some tests before we start. For the rehabilitation purpose, we focus on helping senior citizens keep a good physical balance while preventing or minimizing joint and muscle problems. In some cases, we need to do a cardio exercise to strengthen the heart or prevent heart problem or improve the blood pressure.

For senior citizens with a loss of some bone and body mass, we may need some light weight training session.

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