Frequently Asked Health Questions

Frequently Asked Health Questions

From the past couple of months, I am experiencing some very uncomfortable burning sensations in my gut. What could be the possible reason for it?

There are multiple reasons why a person might experience a burning sensation in the gut. It could be a simple case of acid reflux which happen because of long gaps in meals, too much consumption of spicy foods, huge consumption of carbonated beverages, tea, coffee and so on. But sometimes the burning sensation could generate because of an infection. Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography, also known as Upper GI endoscopy should be done to thoroughly investigate and detect the cause for the same and accordingly consult a gastroenterologist for an effective treatment method.



My father is a Type 2 diabetes patient and is under regular medication, because of which he is losing some weight. Suggest some at-home exercises that can help him reverse the condition.                                 

If a diabetic patient is losing weight because of the medication, then the diabetologist needs to be informed and the medication dosages have to be adjusted accordingly. Any at-home exercises won’t help in reversing this condition. However, a diabetic patient should exercise regularly in order to maintain the blood sugar levels, but that should be done post consultation with a trained professional. 



I am a diabetic person and have been using sugar substitutes from past one year. But recently I have seen some bad reviews of these replacements. Would like to seek your opinion on the same.   

Sugar substitutes are considered to be healthier alternatives to sugar, however, their usage has to be in moderation as excess intake of sugar substitutes for a long time can create adverse effects on the health. I personally always recommend skipping the sugar and also sugar substitutes. Natural sugars from fruits are the best source or Stevia are also the options I would recommend you to try on, as these are low-calorie sweeteners which are safer than other sugar substitutes which may include chemicals.


My daughter is crazy about potatoes and she is just 13. Surprisingly, her weight is not affected by continuous munching. But consuming such a large amount of starch and fat on a regular basis will create any problem for her in the future. Don’t you think?   

Potatoes are high in starch, however, they have negligible fat content. It is a myth that potatoes are bad for health. With potatoes, the method of cooking is of prime importance. The most common way of cooking or eating potatoes is usually fried (in the form of chips, wedges, french fries, samosas etc.) all of which is completely unhealthy. However, if cooked in boiled or baked form, potatoes are a rich source of Vitamin C and Potassium. Hence, you can let your daughter eat potatoes but in moderation and it is always imperative to cook it in a healthy way. 



I am going to run for a marathon in the coming month. I have been practising for it on a daily basis so what are the foods that I can include in my diet to increase my stamina?

Running a marathon requires you to build endurance along with strength. I suggest you include protein-rich foods like chicken, fish, eggs, paneer, tofu, pulses, etc. along with protein supplements (as advised by a nutritionist) to increase the proteic intake. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios etc. and seeds like pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and so on should also be included in your daily diet, these will not only keep your mind off from junk but will also provide a good source of fibre to your body. Furthermore, staying hydrated and drinking a minimum of two litres of water daily is imperative.


The answers are provided by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, Founder and Chief Surgeon.


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