Post by on Wednesday, May 25, 2022
In a recent interview with RISING KASHMIR, an internationally acclaimed medical scientist, Prof Dr. Syed Amin Tabish, talked in detail about various issues pertaining to healthcare scenario in India vis-à-vis issues facing healthcare delivery, medical education and offered some innovative ideas to strengthen it. He also revealed that lifestyle disorders contribute over 61 percent of all deaths in India and every 12th Indian is a diabetic as India ranks second in the list of countries with the highest diabetes patient’s ratio in the world. These stats are alarming and portray a very grim healthcare scenario in India. It is a fact that unhealthy food habits of people have given rise to many lifestyle disorders over the years and there are many factors responsible for e.g. bad habits, lack of exercise, smoking, high calorie intake, too much of junk etc. All these factors play a significant role in the mushrooming of life style disorders. We are heading towards an unseen future in terms of rapid technological advancement but unfortunately our sedentary lifestyles have taken a toll on our health as well. There are a number of diseases that were unknown to human imagination in the past. Diseases such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver, anxiety and depression are the latest to create havoc in human life in general; all these diseases are linked to shifting life style behaviors in one way or the other. Millions of people across the globe are suffering from different life style diseases. In Kashmir valley, we are witnessing a steep rise in life style disorders especially among the young generation. These kinds of diseases or health ailments are bound to increase the way we respond to new patterns and ways of living. Everyone knows that an abnormal rise in a person's weight is due to the unnecessary accumulation of fat in the body. Furthermore, anyone who is suffering from a lifestyle disorder is more vulnerable to many other health risks including heart ailments, mental trauma and even to cancer. The philosophy of eat more and work less is making things from bad to worse to say the least. We are experiencing fast changes in the way we eat food. Majority of our young generation are going crazy for fast food items like extra sweetened foods, burgers and pizzas; these food varieties are loaded with calories resulting in obesity and other diseases. We are bound to face enormous problems in the future if necessary and urgent measures are not taken to restore conventional healthy food habits among the people. We all share the responsibility to educate people about the adverse effects of life style disorders and the ways to curb them. As the saying goes, ‘nip the evil in the bud’.