ISLAMABAD - Soft drinks either diet or regular are injurious to health especially at Iftar because after sixteen hours fasting, the use of soft drinks started declining the function of kidneys.

Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) Civil Hospital, Head Dr Adeeb Rizvi suggested that instead of soft drinks, it is better to use fresh juices because fizzy drinks can be a cause of some health hazards including, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, dehydration, renal problems and even cancer.

Dr Shahid of Shifa International Hospitals Limited said that the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him used to break his fast by eating dates at Ifar and this is scientifically proven to be the best solution to break ones fast as dates are rich in carbohydrates, fibers, sugar, magnesium, and potassium.

Being rich in sugar, the dates raise blood sugar levels almost immediately and therefore adjusting the balance.

Its high carbohydrate content makes it harder for your body to digest it and slows down the digestion process therefore leaving you fuller for longer, he added.

He advised to have soup or salad right after the dates to give your body some room to get started and to wait for twenty minutes before having your meal.

Laughter best medicine

for ulcers

For patients with venous leg ulcers, the best prescription is good quality nursing care - and the occasional belly laugh!

According to a five-year study, led from the University of Leeds, ultrasound therapy does nothing to speed up the healing process of leg ulceration - contrary to what had been expected.

Traditional methods of nursing care, which are cheaper and easier to deliver, work just as well, the authors conclude.

"The ''healing energy'' of low-dose ultrasound can make a difference to some medical conditions but with venous leg ulcers, this is simply not the case," said Professor Andrea Nelson from the University of Leeds'' School of Healthcare, who led the study. "The key to care with this group of patients is to stimulate blood flow back up the legs to the heart. The best way to do that is with compression bandages and support stockings - not ''magic wands'' - coupled with advice on diet and exercise. Believe it or not, having a really hearty chuckle can help too. This is because laughing gets the diaphragm moving and this plays a vital part in moving blood around the body."

Venous leg ulcers are common in people with varicose veins or mobility problems whose ''muscle pumps'' in the feet and calves struggle to drive blood up to the heart. These ulcers can be painful and unsightly, having a significant negative impact on health and quality of life.