A FINE DOC!
One of India’s foremost gastroenterologists and ‘Health & Nutrition’ panelist, Dr Deepak Amarapurkar, passed away in the heavy rains that lashed Mumbai last month. Dr Amarapurkar’s death has left not only a big void in the medical fraternity but also amon
As I am getting older, I am finding that my appetite is diminishing. Should I use nutritional drinks to supplement my limited diet? Richa Agarwal, New Delhi I understand your concern but as I do not know your age, I do not know what you mean by growing older. I also need to know about your physical activity, whether you are losing weight, are under stress and many other things including clinical examination findings. I would recommend you consult a physician and dietitian before considering any nutritional drinks.
I have hiccups on a regular basis, and sometimes they last for a long time. Should I be worried? How can I stop the hiccups? Reena Dalmia, Surat Hiccups occur because of the spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm. The type of hiccups you have described do not seem to be sinister. To stop the hiccups, adopt simple measures like breathing from the mouth while closing the nostrils. There are some medications like Baclofen which can be used in consultation with the doctor. What is a stool softener? Is it okay to use one for long periods? Mahesh Khanna, Mumbai A stool softener is a bulk-forming laxative like Isabgol which has a high fibre content. It can be used safely for a prolonged period.
On a CT scan for another purpose, my doctor saw a cyst in my liver. It scared me, but he said not to worry. Should I worry? Shruti Iyer, Chennai Seeing a small cyst on a CT scan is no reason for worry. It may be normal. However, if you are worried, consult a gastroenterologist.
I have tried just about everything for my chronic constipation. Is there anything new that might be of help? Any medications to treat it? Sarita Kamath, Nagpur You must drink three litres of water everyday and have adequate fibre in your diet. There are many new medications for constipation but you need to be evaluated before starting on them.