Category: Wellness

Excessive Sweating: Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating. Sweat, the body’s primary way to cool down, is produced in hyperhidrosis even when there is no need for it.   Hyperhidrosis has two subtypes: Primary hyperhidrosis generally affects both sides of the body. Secondary hyperhidrosis, or generalized hyperhidrosis, is induced by another condition including but not […]

Obesity and Pregnancy

Obesity has become an epidemic in the US and around the world.   This means we are also seeing a lot of women of childbearing age entering pregnancy with obesity.  Not only does this pose increased health risks for pregnant women, but it also increases complications of pregnancy and birth defects in the fetuses. For women […]

What is Melasma?

Melasma is a chronic pigmentation disorder characterized by brown or gray patches on the skin. The pigmentation primarily occurs on the face, mainly in the upper lips, bridge of the nose, cheeks, and forehead, and is common across the forearms, neck, and shoulders. Melasma is likely due to the malfunction of melanocytes, pigment cells found […]

Alcohol use linked to cancer – How does alcohol raise cancer risk?

By Shyamali Singhal, MD Surgical Oncologist Founder of Hope & Beauty Dr. Singhal’s Insight On Alcohol Abuse And Recurrence Of Cancer Frequent alcohol misuse can have various outcomes, helpful or harmful, on the health of the consumer. For example, light-to-moderate alcohol consumption. may shield against several types of heart conditions and stroke. On the other hand, substantial […]

Estrogen Therapy and Heart Health

A woman’s risk of developing atherosclerosis and heart disease increases once she reaches menopause. The onset of menopause is due to the progressive decline of estrogen. Apart from serving a significant role in a woman’s reproductive health, estrogen protects bone health, keeps the lining of blood vessels strong and pliable, maintains cholesterol levels, and keeps […]

Struggling with Sleep: A Primer on Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or both. The most common sleep disorder in the U.S, Insomnia, affects an estimated forty million Americans annually. The disorder can either be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks and is generally triggered by […]

Stop Eating all The Time: Snacking and Intermittent Fasting

The Lasting Weight Loss Blog Series:  Post 4 (Read Post 1, 2 and 3) Some basic principles Before we talk about timing your meals, let’s review a few important principles we’ve covered so far: Weight loss is hard in the modern-day, and you must take it seriously What you think of as eating like a […]

What are Stetchmarks?

Stretch marks are scars that appear as long, thin streaks on the skin. They’re caused by rapid changes in growth, and are hence common during puberty, pregnancy, weight training, as well as chronic diseases such as obesity, Marfan syndrome, and Cushing’s syndrome.   Structural proteins, collagen and elastin, play a role in the development of […]

What’s in your makeup?

A mother’s makeup products playing a role in a baby’s genetic makeup, who would’ve thought? Well, studies show that the beauty products a mother uses can increase the baby’s likelihood of obesity. Paraben, a chemical present in many cosmetic products, has shown to be the cause behind this unlikely phenomenon. Parabens are preservatives that allow […]

Abdominal Obesity–a New Marker for Health Risk

The Body Mass Index (BMI) testing is a widely used simple calculation that helps assess the amount of total body fat in a person; it’s the clinical standard to determine if a person is at higher risk for certain health risks associated with obesity. You can calculate your own here. What your BMI doesn’t tell […]