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Global health 2017 scorecard: what have we achieved so far?



The beginning of every New Year comes with a promise of hope and concern.

 It was no different for 2017. New threats and new regimes promised to tug the world of global health in different and unknown directions. In fact, everyone is already feeling the road of change among us.

As the year wears on, the global health sector is filled with measured hope for progress and a huge air of uncertainty. Climate change, refugee crises, and global migration are also in the list of the things affecting the global state of health. If you come to think of it, the course of these three will come to affect the state of global health for many coming decades or centuries.

Three quarters of the way through the year is an appropriate moment to reflect on what 2017 has done to the state of health; have we achieved anything?

Alternatively, has complacency taken centre stage allowing apathy to set it? We look at some of the outstanding health issues that would objectively show the highs and lows facing the health sector in 2017.

The era of superbug

A Nevada woman visited India where she broke her thigh and got a bacterial infection. That was last summer. Back in Nevada, she went in for treatment. As the world knows it, antibiotics would stop the infection. But this time they did not.

 

Not just one type of antibiotics but rather the 26 of them available in the world today could not stop the bacterial infection.

As it came to be called in the medical corridors, this was a superbug. It could not be stopped by the extensive medicine arsenal the world has today. Sadly, these incurable infections are claiming 700,000 lives each year.

After the UN General Assembly recommended some ways to deal with the threat last September, this is yet to be put into action.

The perilous complacency around HIV

If it was possible for fatigue and progress to reproduce then they would surely call it Complacency?

The world has come far with HIV. You can now comfortably say treatment and management of the virus are at a better place. Dealing with stigma is no longer a big problem among victims and their families. The world has come to understand HIV. Great achievement you would say.

However, that is how far the good news goes about HIV. In a place like Namibia, HIV infection rate among women stand at 31%.

People no longer see HIV as a threat: they perceive it as a normal life condition. That is dangerous. Complacency has set it and the results are new infections that in a single swipe could take to drain all the achievement the world has had all these years.

Zika has settled in

Approximately a year ago, the World Health Organization declared a state of emergency for Zika virus. Surprisingly, 10 months later the emergency was lifted. Why? It is no longer a threat. No vaccine for Zika yet. The virus is not going away. Just like yellow fever and malaria, Zika is not going anywhere.

The world had better prepare because it is far from over with Zika.

A dead end for reproductive health

With new world leaders taking office in the last 12 months, reproductive health funding took a turn for the worse.

Bodies under the umbrella of better reproductive health have had to deal with constrained funding and bureaucracy in getting projects approved. The world is at a better place with very few maternal death rates, teen births and abortions. But the politics around reproductive health threatens to bring down all the achievements.

In summary

In terms of health, the world is at a better place in 2017 than the years before. New vaccines, continued research and societies that are more informed are some of the things to be proud of. However, complacency and bad politics threaten to wash away all that has been achieved. It is time humanity puts its best interests first and health is one of them.

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Gluten Free Diet: Is it Just a Fashion Fad or There Is Something More?

It’s often rare for a serious medical condition to spark a dieting fad. However, such is the case with the latest gluten-free craze that has got a good majority ditching all gluten containing foods.

In fact, the gluten free diet market is booming and is estimated to be worth over 200 million pounds.

So what’s this entire craze about? Is there scientific evidence behind this hype?

First things first, let’s get some facts on the gluten-free diet.

Over the past years, gluten has been getting a bad reputation due to its serious complications especially in people with autoimmune disorders such as Celiac Disease as well as those with gluten intolerance and gluten insensitivity.

People afflicted with Celiac Disease experience autoimmune responses after ingesting gluten. Symptoms include stomach pain, bloating, excessive gas, constipation, nausea diarrhoea, increased or decreased appetite, anaemia, depression joint pain, including others.

Those with gluten intolerance and sensitivity can also face similar symptoms.

This means that people with these conditions should not eat foods containing gluten such as bread and pasta.

Does a Gluten-Free Diet Have Direct Effect on Your Health?

Before you stop eating bread, pasta, and cereals, you might want to know whether a gluten-free diet really has a direct effect on your health.

If you have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet may not have a direct effect on your health at all.

In other words, removing gluten from your diet will be no healthier than eating food containing gluten.

However, there is a possibility of obtaining certain benefits but indirectly.

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet.

Gluten-Free Diet Pros

Gluten-Free Diet and Weight Loss

The truth is, many foods that are processed contain a lot of gluten and unhealthy carbohydrates and are mainly found in bread products like doughnuts and pastries. They also contain lots of unhealthy oils, chemicals, sugar, artificial flavours, and preservatives.

Ideally, this makes gluten containing foods unhealthy, and leads to weight gain in many people.

Most gluten-free foods on the other hand may help promote healthy weight loss especially if you consume a balanced diet containing essential carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Improved Digestive Health

As stated earlier, most processed foods contain gluten and large amounts of sugar.

Processed foods in general cause various stomach complications such as bloating and excessive acidity, which all interfere with the digestion process.

By eliminating gluten from your diet, you will be promoting good digestive health.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease and Other Conditions

By going gluten-free, it means that high-fat and high-sugar foods such as doughnuts and pastries would be completely off limits.

This would greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other serious dietary conditions like diabetes.

Gluten-Free Diet Cons

You don’t receive enough fibre.

By cutting gluten from your diet, you are also reducing your intake of whole grains such as wheat, which is a key source of fibre and something that most of us don’t get enough of.

Your diet will lack essential nutrients.

A gluten free diet contain less of the essential nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, selenium and folate.

Supplements.

In many cases of people on gluten free diets it is sensible to take nutritional supplements but always check with your doctor first.

Expensive and restricting.

Most gluten free foods are more expensive than regular alternatives and in spite of their growing popularity, there is still a relatively narrow range of options in the supermarkets. Eating out can be difficult as well and it is always best to phone in advance to check that gluten free meals are on the menu.

Conclusion

While a gluten-free diet could be considered to be fashionable in many cases apart from diagnosed medical need, evidence would suggest that there are many health benefits.

However, please remember that while eliminating or reducing your gluten intake may have a positive impact on your health; this will only be true if you follow a healthy, well-balanced diet.

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Handling Anger at work – a brief guide



Incidents in the workplace can leave employees infuriated, angry, stressed and frustrated.

You could become angry because your boss berates you or a trivial workplace dispute can get out of hand.. The first thing you will want to do when angry is to take it out on the person causing the anger but this is obviously not the right thing to do.

A wise man once said, “it is not what happens to us that matters but how we react to them”.

How you handle anger in the workplace can determine many things including your future promotion, productivity and your continued employment .

Effects of Anger

Anger at work has a lot of potential unintended outcomes. It can cause financial and productivity loss both to you and your co-workers. Anger can also cause prolonged confusion and psychological trauma. It can also cause outbursts in a workplace such as a riot and a strike. Now those are extremes but consider time wastage, absenteeism, and loss of morale.

What To Do When Angry

Rather than flaring up and tainting your self-image when angry, you can do a few things to save the day. Here are some proven approaches to control your anger.

Take a Deep Breath: The first thing you may want to do is to pause and take a deep breath – perhaps count to 10.. This will not probably take away the source of the anger but it will buy you time to think straight and make a better decision not to follow your emotions.

Write Out Your Thoughts: Instead of venting out your thoughts and emotions, you can write them down and keep them to yourself. This will help you to release the emotions but at the same time, no one feels the impact. Saving your thoughts when angry in an (unsent!) email can also serve as a reference in the future.

Listen to your favourite song: When infuriated, you need something to calm you down. You need to get your thoughts totally detached from the event that caused the anger and think of something that gives you happiness. Music has a way of soothing the nerves and calming us down, so listening to your favourite song can help you get over the moment.

What would your role model do: Who is your role model? A parent? Someone in business perhaps? Considering what they would do in these circumstances can help us get over a difficult time and might avoid hasty actions.

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The Importance of Good Work/Life Balance


We are living in a fast-paced world where the ability to achieve a healthy work/life balance is becoming more difficult and almost impossible due to overwhelming business needs.

Employers are putting more pressure on their employees in a bid to keep up with the competition and on the other hand, employees are putting additional pressure on themselves in order to achieve greater results and reach the set target.

For many, the 9-5 has now become 8-7- and sadly, many have come to accept it.

It’s the same situation in the self-employed and the small business.

But it shouldn’t be this way. No matter how difficult it may seem, maintaining a good work/life balance is absolutely essential when it comes to good personal health, relationships, and a achieving a happy, productive lifestyle even in a very demanding career.

With the perfect work/life balance:

·         You will be less susceptible to burnout

·         You will keep health problems at bay

·         You will be able to put more focus where it’s due

So why is it becoming more difficult to achieve a good work/life balance? What do we get wrong about work-life balance?

It’s all About Juggling Family and Work

The truth of the matter is, it’s not how much time you spend at work or at home or in lifestyle activities - it’s also about how the quality of that extra time enhances your ability to put your best effort at work.

Fewer Working Hours, Happier Life

Most people also assume that the fewer hours they work, the happier their lives will be. Well this is just a, misconception. There are numerous factors that can affect work-life balance even for those who work 20 hours or less a week.

The perfect balance shouldn’t only take into account the number of hours you work, but also your hobbies, family, health and wellness, and even stress management.

What Works for My Colleagues Works for Me Too

Wrong.

No one knows you better than yourself. So it’s not right to assume that what your colleague does to get the perfect balance can work for you too.

If working longer hours during the week to get some time to guarantee quality time with your family during the weekend works for you, then go for it.

How Can We Benefit By Achieving the Perfect Work-Life Balance?

·         Your Productivity Will Increase

A healthy work-life balance will boost your productivity, both in your work life and personal life.

All you have to do balance your work, family time, and rest to stay fully functional and motivated.

·         You will have better Focus

When you have a healthy work-life balance, you will have greater control of where your focus remains.

This simply means that if you leave your work at the office, you will be in a position to fully focus on your family, relationships, and hobbies.

·         You will Experience Fewer Health Problems and Enhance Your Well-Being

When you experience burn out, you are not doing your health or well-being any favor.

Burnout leaves you completely exhausted and stressed out, and this can bring about many health complications.

With a good work-life balance, you will be less susceptible to health problems and greatly enhance your well being.

·         You will Love your Job More

Why do people say they hate their jobs?

Well, there could be many factors such as low pay or bad work ethics but evidently, many people with a poor work-life balance loathe their jobs.

If only they could try and balance the two, may be their jobs would suck a little bit less.

Additionally, you will have some more “me” time, you will stop missing out on important things in your life, and also enhance your stress management skills.

Always remember that achieving the perfect work-life balance most often comes down to your ability and dedication to prioritizing what’s most important to you.

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Iron Deficiency in Women - A Worldwide Problem


Iron deficiency is one of the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world. It’s a major cause of anaemia and is more prevalent in developing countries.

Research indicates that approximately 80% of people in the world do not have enough iron in their bodies, and about 30% of the population suffers from anaemia due to prolonged deficiency,.

Now according to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency is comparatively higher in women, especially those in the childbearing stage, with the disorder affecting 1 in 7 women worldwide.

While the deficiency in women is caused by various factors such as heavy menstruation, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, poor diet is the leading cause.

Iron Deficiency and Poor Diet

According to WHO, bad diet is one of the major causes of anemia in women.

Just like with other nutrients, women who eat a diet with little or no iron are at a high risk of becoming iron deficient. There are many reasons to this;

Vegetarianism

A vegetarian diet is one that excludes meat and sometimes other animal products. This is a diet that mainly consists of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains, pulses, and nuts.

The problem with a vegetarian diet is that it consists of non-heme iron which is poorly absorbed in the body, unlike heme iron which is well-absorbed.

Statistics indicate that there are 140% more female vegetarians than males. This means that women who are vegetarian are more likely to become iron deficient than men.

Ignoring Rich Iron Sources such as Red Meat

Most women (like everyone else) tend to avoid red meat due to the health risks associated with this type of meat. Instead, they focus on eating fish, pork, poultry, and eggs.

Red meat is considered as one of the highest sources of iron and ignoring it only increases the risk of iron deficiency.

Adding red meat in the diet is therefore important to avoid the deficiency.

Consumption of Excessive Amounts of Caffeine

Caffeine interferes with iron absorption in the body.

One study has found that excessive consumption of coffee reduces iron absorption by as much as 50% while tea reduces its uptake by as much as 60%.

The tannins in both beverages adversely affect iron availability in the body by interfering with its absorption, causing a severe deficiency.

This means that women who drink excessive amounts of coffee/tea on a daily basis increase their risk becoming deficient in iron.

Restrictive Eating

Restrictive eating, under eating, and counting calories are some of the major causes of iron deficiency in women. This is because such practice limits the amount of nutrients and iron the body needs to function properly.

This practice is particularly common in women who are looking to lose weight or maintain a certain body weight.

Cultural Beliefs

There are some cultural groups that avoid iron-rich sources due to certain beliefs. Women in such cultures are often at a higher risk of getting severe deficiency as a result.

Treating Iron Deficiency in Women

Women suffering from this disorder as a result of a bad diet should consider following a healthy diet to avoid the many adverse health effects.

Severe iron deficiency has been found to lead to anaemia, heart failure, and enlarged heart muscle. In pregnant women, the disorder can lead to premature birth or low birth weight.

Eating a diet rich in both heme and non heme iron, increasing Vitamin C intake (Vitamin C improves iron absorption), and taking iron supplements can help restore iron levels in the body, not to mention reverse its effects.

Seek medical assistance if necessary.

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Recreational Drugs and their Impact in the Workplace


Recreational drugs are those that are taken for leisure purposes or enjoyment instead of for medical reasons. The problem is that they can have a significant effect on work performance and some of their unintended outcomes can be serious. Such drugs include:

· Alcohol

· Crack cocaine

· Synthetic cannabinoids

· Methamphetamine

· Phencyclidine

· Some prescription drugs

· Xanax

Some of the effects of drug use include:

Increased accident rates and injuries at work.

Alcohol is known to impair judgment. This makes you prone to safety hazards in the work place. For instance, you may easily trip and hit your head on a blunt object.

This could lead to immediate loss of consciousness and in serious cases, a blood clot.

Suppose this is not detected early, the injured person is likely to suffer migraines from time to time. This eventually affects performance at work. 

Fatal accidents and premature death.

Some drugs such as Xanax are depressants. As a result, they tend to slow down the brain’s performance.

If the user works in such a place where he or she operates machines and other similar equipment, it is easy to mishandle the machine and in extreme cases this may cause premature death.

Statistics state that 14 % of fatal accidents at the work place are as a result of consumption of depressants. 

Creating tardiness

Sleeping on the job, a condition known as tardiness.

As mentioned earlier, depressants greatly slow down the performance of the brain and there have been examples of cases whereby thieves broke into a certain place under the watch of hired security.

When the matters were looked into, the investigations came to a disheartening conclusion that the security guards had been sleeping on the job. Obviously, these men did not intentionally plan to sleep at the workplace, after all, that is not what they get paid to do.

Reports showed that there was a presence of drugs in their blood systems hence the tardiness. 

Affects concentration

Recreational drugs can interfere with concentration.

Drugs like cocaine are known to cause hallucinations. As a result, a person’s ability to perceive what is actually happening is greatly reduced. The safety dangers for someone under the influence of such drugs at work are obvious

Not as obvious is the potential for theft which may increase which may lead to conflict and insecurity in the workplace environment. Theft will come about when the drug user may opt to steal from his colleagues so as to be able to afford the regular drug usage. When employees do not feel safe their work performance will inevitably be affected. 

CONCLUSION

Recreational drug can leads to accidents accident, ruined careers, loss of jos, ruined relationships and worse.

Some companies have even introduced a new interview method whereby the applicants take a drug test before getting hired. 

If one fails the test he certainly does not get the job. To be on the safe side, avoid the use of recreational drugs.

Seek medical assistance if necessary.

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Can regular breaks make you more efficient?



You are faced with an enormous to-do list that looks like you will need to start early, miss lunch and work late. But will missing breaks be the best thing for your productivity?

Not according to research recently carried out by The Australia Institute who advise that regular breaks are necessary to make sure tht a heavy workload is carried out efficiently.

Here are three reasons to give yourself more breaks at work.

Restore Focus

Our brains were not designed for the extended focus that we demand of them. Once we overstretch our ability to focus we become unable to concentrate and feel zoned out, or irritable. But there is a solution. By taking a brief mental break it will actually help us to stay on the task for longer and complete it more effectively.

Defeat fatigue

Taking breaks during the day, including a decent lunch break is an effective way to fight fatigue and helps increase productivity according to research.

Without sufficient downtime to refresh and recharge, we become less efficient, make more mistakes and are less focused on what we are doing.

Maintain health.

When you are physically and mentally stressed you produce the stress hormone cortisol.

Elevated cortisol levels over time related to a number of diseases and research has found that taking a lunch break had a positive effect on reducing blood pressure and improving sleep quality. 

Ready to take a break?

Then try the try one of the many relaxation techniques that you can find on specialist websites and set your timer for a regular break.

When the timer goes off, take a short break for five minutes. Walk away from your work station stretch your legs and have a drink, or do some simple stretches at your desk.

Increase these sessions to up to 15 minutes and feel the benefit to you, your focus and your work.

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Top Tips For The Best Get Fit Program


The main reason people fail when starting a get fit program is they do not set daily goals and targets. Not having something to work towards results in failure to follow through with exercise plans and diet changes.

However if you are looking to improve your health and well-being by starting a get fit program, then all you need to succeed is to have some simple goals and targets. All that is required on your part is some planning.

Starting a get fit program can be made a lot easier by following these simple steps:

Good habits

Decide to make diet changes and exercise daily considerations. Experts say over and over again that diet and exercise go hand in hand. This doesn't mean that you have to go on a restricted diet for the rest of your life. It simply means that you need to watch what you eat.

Control your portions and limit your fat, sodium, cholesterol and sugar intake. In addition some form of exercise that you enjoy is ideal. Schedule this into your routine daily if possible or at least three times per week.

Exercise when it suits you. Include your workout when it works for you. If you find getting up and exercising first thing in the morning works best for you then do that. Or if you prefer to fit your exercise in at lunchtime or when you get home at night then that’s fine too.

As long as it works for you then that is what is important. Make sure however, do not substitute exercising for a meal, if you choose to workout in the morning make sure you still eat a healthy breakfast. The same applies at lunchtime and dinner. Remember you must eat a healthy diet for the best results.

Enjoy it

Exercise can be something you enjoy. Exercise does not need to be boring. You may find you enjoy going to the gym or doing a fitness DVD at home. Outdoor activities may be your thing.

Cycling, jogging, hiking, dancing and even gardening are great ways to lose weight and get fit. When starting a get fit program it is important to choose something you will really enjoy doing, so remember that fitness can be fun so try to keep things interesting.

Fill your cupboards with healthy foods and snacks. If you find you are tempted by unhealthy foods and snacks then ban them from your home. If they are not available you cannot be tempted.

Instead stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts, yogurt, low fat cheeses, lean meats, whole grains and rice. Watching what you eat is the best way to get the most out of your fitness program. Also eating the wrong foods will make it harder to lose weight which may actually knock you off track and lower your motivation.

Water

Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. We need to drink water in order to maintain proper bodily functions. As our bodies are mostly made up of water we need to regularly top up water levels to keep our bodies functioning at their best.

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day helps to flush out toxins and improve metabolism. Try to stick to clean filtered water and avoid sugary sodas, juices and teas and coffee.

Common Mistakes People Make In Their Fitness Program

1/ Reducing sleep time to do exercise.

A busy life makes people have little time for activities besides work including doing exercise. Many people decide to cut down their sleep time so that they can have more time to exercise. It is not good if your sleep time is reduced to less than 6 or 7 hours per day. Shortage of sleep may cause many problems relating to your health that badly affect work, your studies and others. 

2/ Overdoing it the first time

This is one of the biggest and most common mistakes in doing exercise. When starting out, many of us are usually eager and have the tendency of doing too much of it. This can cause some injuries for your muscles or bones. Specialists advise that you should increase the intensity gradually each day so that your body can get used to it. When doing exercise, the duration and the regularity are more important than the intensity.

3/ Exercising when you are hungry

To save time, many people go to the gym right after work. After a long working day, you will be very hungry in the afternoon. Doing this will make you feel exhausted and the exercise is not as effective. As a result, you will not gain good results. However, you should not do the exercise right after having a meal or you may get a stomach ache as well.

4/Wearing clothes that are too tight.

In order not to feel comfortable during exercise, do not wear tight clothes. Wearing those clothes in doing exercise is not good for your health. It may tighten your blood vessels and prevent blood from circulating. Further more, tight clothes also make it difficult for you to do some movements like raising your legs, spreading your legs wide apart, etc.

When starting a get fit program the above tips can be helpful to you. Try to remember your goals and what you have set out to achieve for the day. This will make exercise and getting fit a whole lot easier.

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Air pollution and how you can help


A greener world

If you’re one of those who really wish they could do something to make the world a greener place, then investing in a hybrid or all-electric car should be on your bucket list.

About a decade ago, the world was introduced to the possibilities of driving cars that do not run on fuel, either entirely or in part.

By April 2016, over 4 million hybrid electric vehicle units were sold in the United States, making it the second largest fleet in the world, after Japan’s over 5 million units.

This is a clear indicator that nobody wants to keep paying for fuel when it is expensive, so getting a vehicle that is cost efficient and environmentally friendly, is a definite plus.

The options

A hybrid car gives you the best of two technologies as it combines the standard engine powered by diesel or petrol, and an electric motor, which derives its power from a rechargeable battery pack thus when low on diesel or petrol, you’re still assured of extra miles as the car will run on battery.

An all-electric car is different as it fully utilizes electricity from a charged battery.

Different brands created both hybrid cars like the Prius, and all-electric cars like Tesla models, which are popular among top world celebrities.

In the UK, former Spice girl Geri Horner was spotted driving an all-electric, zero-emission car while on a shopping trip with her daughter. The cute two-seater, Renault Twizy quadricycle fits snug in any parking lot, and is definitely a massive cost saver.

10 top facts

In order to help you care for the planet and still look cool while driving, here are ten sure facts that will excite you into getting yourself a hybrid or all-electric car.

1. All-electric cars are much cheaper to run than diesel or petrol powered vehicles

2. Hybrid cars give the driver a sense of calm when diesel or petrol runs out and they are miles away from the nearest diesel or petrol filling station

3. Electric cars have only one moving part which makes them incredibly low maintenance than diesel or petrol powered engine cars

4. The UK government gives a grant of up to 35% on the cost of the car, with a maximum of about £2,500 to £4,500 depending on the model of the car and certain stipulated conditions

5. Due to faster technology today, all-electric cars are now quicker and quiet compared to their diesel or petrol powered counterparts

6. UK residents are increasingly taking up both hybrid and all-electric cars making it trendy and fashionable to own and drive one

7. The environment is happy, because these vehicles have zero carbon emissions, so you can sleep better knowing you contributed to a cleaner planet

8. In America the perks of driving a hybrid are visible in some states, which treat you as a VIP when you drive a hybrid car, by giving a special lane, while enjoying tax deductions and credits

9. Since you get to drive on your special lane, you get to save time and costs as well

10. Maintenance is low as you don’t have to keep checking on the engine, especially with the all-electric car

If you want your own piece of green heaven in style, innovation, design and performance, hybrid and all-electric cars are your best bet.

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Dealing with Digital Fatigue


As technology advances, people of all ages spend more and more time glued to their digital screens.

Some can spend up to 9 hours of their day working and / or playing on their screens. This eventually causes their eyes to become exhausted from such long hours of exposure and may cause a condition known as digital fatigue.

What is digital fatigue?

This is an eye and vision related problem that is caused by the extensive use of common digital devices such as computers, TVs, e-readers, and tablets. This eventually leads to fatigue or blurred vision, dryness, eye irritation and more.

Effects of digital fatigue

The eyes contain the strongest muscles in the body. However, if you subject them to too much work by sitting in front of a TV or computer, they can become strained and tired. Lifestyle changes, coupled with modern ways of working, forces people to spend extended hours in close range activities engaged with a screen.

Some knock on effects include:

  • Reduction in productivity

Digital fatigue may cause your body to suffer eyestrain, neck, shoulder and back pain. You will not be able to work to the best of your ability with an aching body.

  • Inability to concentrate

Spending too much time looking at your digital devices may cause eye fatigue and headaches. These conditions may result in the reduction of concentration. 

  • Poor visual health

Most digital devices emit harmful blue-violet light that damages eyesight in the end. You may start experiencing eye fatigue, blurry vision, and dry eyes. 

  • Migraines

Digital fatigue may cause you headaches. These headaches can be accompanied by associated symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light. You may also experience flashing dots, wavy lines, and temporary blindness due to this migraine. 

What can be done about digital fatigue?

1. Eyewear

There are different types of eyewear with lenses that help reduce digital fatigue. These lenses can be incorporated into any pair of glasses. Those already wearing glasses should also consider getting a current prescription that includes the unique visual demands when using a digital screen.

2. Annual eye exam

Getting regular eye care will help prevent or reduce the development of digital fatigue.

3. Take breaks from using digital devices

Ensure that you do not get too close to a screen or spend too many hours behind one. Rest your eyes after every 2 hours of continuous digital screen use, for at least 15 minutes. 

4. Have a digital holiday

Try to set aside blocks of time like the weekend when you can get away from your screens completely. If going on holiday, leave the screens at home and use your phone as a phone and not a communications centre

Summary

The extent to which you will experience digital fatigue will depend on how much time you spend looking into your digital screen. Ensure that you visit your health professional as soon as you start experiencing the symptoms outlined above. Otherwise, if you do not use them, they might worsen with extended digital screen use.

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