Vanitha Mandali - HEALTH SEMINAR

Vanita MandaliVanitha Mandali of Telugu Association, Sydney conducted a Health Seminar on 21st July 2013 at Granville Town Hall for men and women of all ages.

Early detection of symptoms is very vital for the treatment and management of ailments. A range of health issues confront us continuously and there are solutions for each one of them. The purpose of the seminar was to describe early warnings of most common health problems, point out the treatment options available and highlight consequences if not addressed propertly on a timely basis.

The Seminar started at 10am by Sri Somanchi, Coordinator, Vanitha Mandali. In her welcome address she said that the Health Seminar was not just for the Telugu community alone, but for all communities at large to benefit from it. She continued saying that the current VM committee consisted of working women from different professions and that they proved time and again that they raise up to delivering highly beneficial programs to the community.

Honorable Ms. Julie Owens, Member of Parliament for Parramatta was the Guest of Honour. In her address, Ms. Owens commended the effort put in by the members of Vanitha Mandali. She reiteratted that such events should be given greater publicity as they benefit evryone in the community.
The health Seminar started with simple strerching exercises routine conducted by Mr. Adnan. These exercises have helped senior members as to how to keep themselves fit and relaxed everyday.

Dr. Rekha Rao explained that Andropause could beging at the age of 30 in men due to low testosterone levels. Its symptoms include fatigue, low energy and motivation levels, irritablity, and reduced sex drive. If unnoticed and untreated, one’s quality of life reduces. This is a preventable problem and Dr. Rao explained the options to treat.

Vanita MandaliDr. Rekha Rao further explaied that Menopause could be an unsettling time in a woman’s life, usually around the age of 52. Changes in hormone levels produce different symptoms in women, the most common symptoms being hot flushes and night sweats. Long-term effects of the menopause include increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rao further explained the options available ranging from diet and exercise to Harmone Replacement Therapy (HRT).  Hair loss has a debilitating influence on one’s self esteem. Dr. Ajay Gupta explined the reasons for hair loss, and various options available to delay (if not reduce or eliminate) the onset of baldness. Hair loss is not limited to men alone. He explained the way it develops in woment as well. Dr. Gupta further explained the impact of various medications/treatments on hair and the the surgical and non-surgical ways to arrest the hair loss and improve hair regeneration.
At one point or another most people talk of feeling depressed, explaied Dr. Sankar Vadali talking about Depression. But there’s a big difference between feeling blue or a bit sad and being clinically depressed. There are many causes for depression but symptoms of depression generally include feeling sad or low, loss of interest or pleasure, significant appetite, weight loss or gain, insomnia, feeling worthless, impaired thinking, indecisiveness etc. Dr. Vadali explained the treatmenmt options available ranging from changing behavoural patters to counselling and treatment.

While one may sleep unmindful of the disturbance he/she causes to the others around, Sleep Apnea, which is commonly called Snoring could cause serious damage or even death in extreme cases, explained Dr. Anand Pudipeddi. His presentation included video clips that were very unsettling and a wake up call to the snoring public. Dr. Pudipeddi explained that the reason for snoring is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. He explained various non-surgical and in extreme, cases surgical treatment options available.

The first thing you may think of Chest Pain is a heart attack. Certainly chest pain is not something to ignore, said Dr. Bharati Reddy, however you should know that it has many possible causes such as problems in your lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, or nerves. Some of these conditions are serious and life threatening. Others are not. If you have unexplained chest pain, the only way to confirm its cause is to have a doctor evaluate you, said Dr. Reddy.
Urinary Incontinence is not a disease, explained Dr. Savitri Rao, but it is usually a symptom of another medical condition. Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder or bowel control. Several conditions cause this problem. Some amongst them are pregnancy, menopause, cystitis, enlarged prostate and urinary tract infection. People with incontinence should not feel embarrassed or alone. It can be treated and/or managed said Dr. Rao.

Dr. Chayya Tangirala explained that Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth, and this is called acid indigestion. Some of the causes for GORD are aweak valve between Esophagus and stomach, alcohol use, overweight, pregnancy and smoking. Occasional heartburn is common but if it occurs frequently, one must seek medical advice. Otherwise it may eventually lead to more serious health problems.

P.R. (peri-rectal) Bleeding is a distressing symptom often catching a person off-guard explained Dr. Sanjay Adusumilli. The bleeding may be painful or painless and of variable amount, occasionally on clothes. Hemorrhoids account for the large majority and most respond to several simple procedures. In the case of serious bleeding, Dr. Adusumilli explained that the large bowels should be visualized by Colonoscopy to check for polyps and cancer. Treatment should be commenced as per the diagnosis.

Back Pain is extremely common and majority of people are affected at some point in their lifetime, explained Dr. Ravi Cherukuri. The cause of acute low back pain is often difficult to identify, but in most cases is related to things like muscle strain rather than spinal or bone damage. Dr. Cherukuri diagrammatically explained the interconnecting structures of back including bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons with spine being the main support structure, Some of the common causes for lower back pain are standing, sitting or bending down for long periods, lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling loads, having a trip or a fall, being stressed or anxious, being overweight and having poor posture. As Back Pain this is a complex issues, one should seek medical advise at the earliest to avoid complications.

The important aspect of Balanced Diet & Nutrition was explained by Mrs. Rajeswari Jaydev based on Ayurveda tenet “Hitham (good) and Mitham (moderation)” focussing on Indian food. She explained as to how to tailor lifestyle solutions to meet evreyone’s specific needs. Eating each meal of the day to a plan is very important, It should contain more vegetables, fruits, low GI cereals and breads, milk (low fat), cheese, pultry, meat, fish, tofu, soya and lentis and many more, stressed Mrs. Jayadev. Indulge yourself in eating a variety of foods, especially on festivals and functions with caution but adjust your medication on such occassions to balance the food intake. Drinking plenty of water, regular physical exercise and a sensible food habbit will help you lead a healty and joyful lifestyle, said Mrs Jayadeva.

A demonstration of Basic CPR was conducted by Mr. Simon Gould, a Paramedic expert. There were several stalls organised at the venue to conduct blood Pressure tests, hearing tests, measure BMI (Body Mass Index), and to provide advise on Apsea. Like in any function of Telugu Association, Vanita Mandali had organized tasty vegetarian lunch for all. Credit goes to Dr. Vijaya Vadali and Mrs. Lakshmi Theertham for meticulously planning the event with support from Mrs. Sangita Sagi and Mrs. Sri Meka. The organizers thanked all the doctors for their presentations, all the junior doctors for their presence at the stalls, sponsors for their support and all the community members for their attendance. The Seminar closed at 3pm.

Mallik Rachakonda JP (M: 0404 169 963)

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