Thursday 30 July 2015

Are carrots really good for your eyesight?


To ease kids' suspicion of vegetables, parents often feed them the adage that carrots will spare them from corrective vision care. But is there any truth to the commonly held belief that carrots are good for your eyes?

Well, yes and no. Carrots won't improve your visual acuity if you have less than perfect vision. For example, a diet of carrots won't give a blind person 20/20 vision. But the vitamins found in the vegetable can help promote overall eye health. Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health.

For centuries, carrots have been connected with health benefits. In the Middle Ages, carrots were believed to cure anything from sexually transmitted diseases to snakebites. Carrots became associated with vision, particularly night vision, during World War II. The British Royal Air Force published a story that said skilled fighter pilot John "Cats' Eyes" Cunningham could thank a steady diet of carrots for his night vision flying prowess. In response to the story, many British people began to grow and eat more carrots. They wanted to improve their vision so that they could see better during the compulsory blackouts that were common during World War II. Although Cats' Eyes' carrot eating made for a great story, it was, in fact, propaganda put out to conceal the fact that the Royal Air Force's was actually using radar to locate Luftwaffe bombers during the night.

Although British propaganda may have lent carrots a bit more vision-related cachet than they deserve, there's still no doubt that the vitamins found in carrots can promote overall eye health.

Type 2 diabetes can be prevented!



Get tested for HbA1c.
HbA1c can be used for the diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes.

HbA1c - for the Diagnosis of Diabetes and Prediabetes !

Millions of people have undiagnosed diabetes. The average time between onset and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is 7 yr .
Diagnosing diabetes is the first step in assuring that appropriate lifestyle, glycemic, and nonglycemic interventions are implemented to reduce the toll that end-organ complications take on the life of the individual and on the health of the nation.

HbA1c has long been used as a marker of glycemic control in established diabetes. In affected patients, the rate of HbA1c formation is a direct function of the average blood glucose concentration. Compared with glucose measurements, the use of HbA1c as a diagnostic test has advantages, including convenience, less day-to-day variability, greater preanalytical stability, and international standardization

Type 2 diabetes is different. Sometimes, you can prevent type 2 diabetes.

In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can still make insulin, but the body doesn't respond to it in the right way. This problem is usually related to being overweight. In the past, mainly overweight adults developed type 2 diabetes. Today, more kids and teens have type 2 diabetes, probably because more kids and teens are overweight.

Getting to a healthy weight is one way to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Making healthy food choices and getting enough exercise are other good steps to take. If a person makes better food choices and becomes more physically active, it can help prevent diabetes from becoming a problem.

Skin- Unusual Fact

Fact 3- This will really make your skin crawl: Every square inc­h of skin on the human body has about 32 million bacteria on it, but fortunately, the vast majority of them are harmless.


Blood vessels- Unusual Facts

Fact 2- Blood has a long road to travel: Laid end to end, there are about 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. And the hard-working heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through those vessels every day.


Bones- Unusual Fact

Fact -1 : - An adult has fewer bones than a baby. We start off life with 350 BONES, but because bones fuse together during growth, we end up with only 206 as adults.

Could It Be Food Intolerance?

Up to 45% of the population is believed to be affected by food intolerance.
Asian diagnostics is the only laboratory in state to perform quantitative food intolerance test.
For home sample collection, call:9945640000

What is food intolerance? 

 Food intolerance is a non-allergic food hyper-sensitivity and is not usually life-threatening but can make a person feel extremely unwell.
The terms food allergy, food intolerance, food sensitivity, hypersensitivity are often used interchangeably, and are often confused, but essentially they all mean an abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest themselves in a number of ways.

Scientifically, the reactions can be differentiated by the fact that some cause an immune response, whereas others do not.

Food Intolerance and Food Allergies are becoming an increasing problem for many people around the world. It is estimated that 45% and some research has suggested that as much as 80% of the population suffer from some form of food related illness. At Asian Diagnostics we offer a service of testing for Food Intolerance and Food Allergies from a simple blood test.

We often suffer from chronic health problems without knowing the reason. Sometimes symptoms are hard to explain and seem unconnected to a cause. This may be due to intolerance to certain foods which have never been identified.

Although not life threatening, food intolerance should never be underestimated, as its impact on sufferers can be significant, severely impacting on their ability to live normal healthy lives. Food intolerance is extremely widespread and many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom. Symptoms can often be vague and the root cause of the problem, food, is not always correctly diagnosed. Correct diagnosis can be achieved by detecting food specific IgG antibodies and the subsequent elimination of problem foods. Many sufferers have realized that they had been experiencing many symptoms as a result of intolerance for their entire lives.
Our prime objective is to help people develop the awareness about food intolerance; help them to ascertain if they have it and what they can do about it.
"Food intolerance is the real 'hidden epidemic' we should all be worried about. Up to 45% of the population is believed to be affected by food intolerance, but because the symptoms are so varied, doctors have a tough time in establishing a diagnosis"

Some people are sensitive to particular foods like nuts, shellfish and cereals. When consumed their body reacts to the food and they may develop symptoms including breathing problems, stomach upsets and skin rashes.

The adverse reactions to food are caused either by an immune system response or a chemical reaction in the body leading to physiological responses. Food Intolerance can result from the absence of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance, as in hereditary fructose intolerance. It may be a result of an abnormality in the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

Precise diagnosis is important, because other medical conditions may share the same symptoms.

Food Sensitivities in Babies and Children

In an infant, food sensitivity may manifest itself through colicky symptoms….anything from unnatural, persistent fussiness to inconsolable, ear-piercing screams that may go on for hours at a time. The baby  might develop unexplained skin rashes….a possible giveaway that the breastfed infant's gastric system is reacting to foods that his or her mother eats, to ingredients in the formula in the case of a bottle-fed baby or to foods from a complementary diet, if the baby has begun eating solid foods. In an older child, the list of possible indicators that the child has food sensitivities is  a bit longer; it includes symptoms such as headaches, stomach ache, runny nose, sneezing, loose stool, chronic cold, chronic ear infection, constipation, skin rash, asthma, irritability or lethargy.

Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, like other allergies, develop when the body's immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environments that typically causes no problem in most people.

Welcome To Asian Diagnostics

One of the leading medical diagnostic centers in Karnataka, Asian Diagnostics is an NABL accredited lab based out of Bangalore with branches in Mysore, Hassan and Vijayapura.

Asian diagnostics is currently the largest Allergy Test Center in India it is the first and only laboratory in the state to perform quantitative ‘Food Intolerance’ tests. It also offers an extensive range of clinical diagnostic tests and is currently a one-stop destination for the best in diagnostic services.

Operated by a team of highly skilled and committed professionals, it has remained committed to its objective of providing high quality, accurate and reliable diagnostic services at affordable prices to its ever growing customer base.

Established in 1999, Asian Diagnostics has continued to evolve over the years to cater to the needs of doctors and patients alike. With a ‘24 hours, 365 days a year policy’, innovative services like ‘home sample collection’ and ‘Allergy testing’ and ‘Food intolerance’ packages, it is on-track to reach its goal of becoming the best Diagnostic center in the state.