Dr Kareen Bekhazi

When people think of debilitating chronic illnesses, heart disease or diabetes will normally spring to mind. But did you know that depression will overtake heart disease as the number-one leading cause of disability by 2020.

Scientists believe depression is caused by a combination of biological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors. In countries like the UAE with a large expat population, the psychological and environmental factors are particularly significant. The lack of a typical family support system as well as financial pressures can exacerbate an existing mood disorder.

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memory loss

Preserving and improving memory as we age

Do you sometimes have trouble remembering the name of your favorite actor or dinner plans with your friend? Are you noticing that you’re having more difficulty finding your phone or your keys? If so, it could be the result of normal aging — or it could be a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). You owe it to yourself and your family to keep your brain healthy. You are as good as your memory. Protecting your brain from cognitive decline should be your highest health priority.

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