If you are 35 or above, look out for symptoms and get blood tests done to avert a health crisis
WE’RELIVING INTIMES where every week, I hear of at least one sudden death under the age of 40 in the corporate sector. It’s usually an undiagnosed heart risk factor, like hypertension or stress aggravated by less sleep, bad eating habits and obesity. However, this can all be avoided. In fact, diagnosing an emerging health crisis is easier done than assumed.
If you’re above 30, follow the signs listed below — they all indicate accelerated ageing due to internal inflammation, which are triggers for lifestyle diseases like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, unexplained pains etc.
- Premature greying (even if it’s genetic; it can be delayed with good nutrition)
- Overall slim but small paunch
- Being overweight
- Brittle nails
- Tiredness and fatigue even after eight hours of sleep/rest
- Irritability/short temper that’s uncharacteristic (a big indicator)
- Skin eruptions
- Frequent indigestion
- Frequent constipation
- Development of asthma, allergies without any earlier history
- Persistent mouth ulcers
- Persistent dental problems
- Stress and crankiness
- Discoloured/ pigmented skin
- Hair fall
- Sudden blurred vision
- Skin/eye twitches If you have five or more of the above symptoms, you’re ageing really fast, looking older than you are and maybe prone to lifestyle diseases. Ignoring it means that it will only be diagnosed once you get the
disease, and then you will no longer be able to prevent it. Instead, you will first need emergency care; then management of the disease. In rare cases (read some of my patients’ journeys in the last part of the book), people with grit and courage reverse these diseases and live medication-free.
But the first step is diagnosis. A 40-year-old friend was scared to get a check-up done because he was so sure there would be something wrong with him as he was (and still is) overweight and loves his whisky. This ostrich-in-the-sand attitude can only take you only so far if you’re lucky. A small warning sign via a symptom or a blood test is much better than you collapsing dead and your family wishing you could have seen the kids grow up if only you’d done some preventive check-ups. So, if you’re 35 or above, working in urban India, you need to get a check-up now.
Listed below are essential blood tests (some are not available in the “executive health” packages of many labs, so do a comparison checklist). Get these done. Most reports indicate out-of-range markers. If you have any, take your report to your doctor, and get the right advice soon, before it’s too late.
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Well, of course it’s a good looking phone. Everything from Xiaomi so far has been. The Mi 4i is probably like a lot of other phones including the iPhone 5C with which it also shares a single piece form factor with no openable back panel and no memory card slot. It’s smooth polycarbonate, rather egg-shell-like and clean. In fact, Xiaomi demonstrates how you can mark it with a perma marker and still clean it up. Fingerprints, etc., then obviously aren’t a problem. You can pick up a large number of back and smart flip cases for this phone to get some added colour —though the available colours are really irresistible other than being made ofvery good material.
Xiaomi has chosen a nice size for the Mi 4i. It’s got a 5 -inch display and it’s in that not-too-big and not- too-small zone. You can definitely use it one-handed and holding the phone is very comfortable because it’s got rounded edges. The screen is very pleasant to use. The brightness can go down low as well as high and it adapts to sunlight.
On top of the newest version of Android, the Mi 4i has its own interface, MiUi 6. Many users like Xiaomi phones for the interface, which is also actually available as launchers for other Android phones. MiUi is a clean and mini- malistic interface with bells and whistles added
at your choice. It’s got no app drawer and you’ll find apps on your home screens. Themes and icon packs etc., are a big thing with MiUi. Once you set up your Mi account you can pick up different looks for your phone. Theme collections are updated often with some centring around festivals and other events. The interface has lots of features not found elsewhere easily. For one, you get a menu when you’re on a call which includes a call record ability. And it works quite well too. Going through the settings, you’ll find lots of other features that are particular to a Mi phone. There are also a sprinkling of annoyances such as the swipe to unlock, which called for a specific movement. Also the battery is disappointing.
The Mi 4i cameras are 13 and 5MPs and quite good with low light conditions, ideal for fun photography. The camera app is filled with options including self beautification for use with the front camera. The sound on this phone isn’t great and the speaker at the back tends to get muffled if you put the phone down.
I also encountered a problem with the sound on phone calls and had the review unit replaced. The second was just fine.
For those who are impatient with flash sales, units will be available eventually in stores. EQ