Skip to main content

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE ADVICE THAT YOU CAN OFFER THIS GENERATION?


“Before 30, men seek disease; after 30, diseases seek men!” so goes a Chinese proverb.

Now, let’s take a look at the ominous numbers below and see how fitting is this proverb for today’s young generation!



With tangible economic improvements seen across the country, we are all dreaming that India is going to become a global super power in the next 20-25 years. But if this is achieved against the gloomy backdrop of poor health indicators listed above, it makes little sense especially when the youth in our country represents more than 65% of total population and they are seen as the prime donor to the country’s economic development.

Ever since the dot-com boom, the lifestyle of the young population in India, especially the urban youths, has undergone a drastic change. The high disposable income has given them the freedom to lead an unhealthy, ill-disciplined, and rather awfully disoriented lifestyle

Sedentary work life coupled with inactive lifestyle choices and energy rich diet has no doubt wreaked havoc in our lives, and lifestyle diseases like hypertension, cardiac illness, diabetes, asthma, depression, and neurological problems have become increasingly common these days.  

Patients are becoming younger and younger!!

There is considerable decrease in the age among the Indian patients when they are diagnosed. This rising trend has become a major concern for medical experts.


Not many of us would be too comfortable with our nation getting the tag of “World’s Diabetes Capital.” Now there are studies that indicate the possibility of an Indian suffering from a lifestyle disease is 4% more than one of any other nationality. One in three of urban Indians is overweight or obese; 67% employees in Indian cities are victims of stress

All these alarming statistics suggest that health in our country has slowly but surely taken a backseat. It is increasingly becoming a daunting challenge to stay healthy; besides the inactive lifestyle, eating junk food and the addiction to alcohol & smoking are severely affecting our youths and making them more prone to the complications of lifestyle diseases. 

Diseases that used to show up around the age of 50 are setting in when you are in your 20s and 30s.

Obesity increases your chance of developing other lifestyle diseases!

According to World Health Statistics report, 11.1% of adult male population and 10.8% of female population have high fasting blood glucose levels in India. 

But nearly half of the people with diabetes are unaware of their disease. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes. The earlier a person is diagnosed and management initiated, the better chances of preventing harmful and costly complications. 


In 2015 alone, diabetes has caused about one million deaths in India. Diabetics and obese people are more prone to develop chronic liver disease, which ultimately results in early death.

According to the Global Atlas on cardiovascular disease prevention and control, 165.8 per 100,000 people died in India due to ischemic heart disease (a condition which is characterized by reduced blood supply of the heart muscle) whereas those who died from cerebrovascular diseases are about 116.4 per 100,000. 

Attitude-Awareness-Action  

It will be an understatement if we were to say that physical activity has become zero in our everyday life. 

To reverse these disturbing statistics, we all need to realize the importance of the 3As (Attitude, Awareness, & Action). Our first obligation is to help a member of our own family before we think of helping others. 

Unless there is a collective effort from all quarters to increase awareness about the significance of physical activity, we will continue to see our children growing up more inclined towards a sedentary lifestyle.

Today’s parents have much larger role to play in spreading the awareness on how to tackle these deadly diseases and guide their children to eat the right kind of food and engage them in physical activities. It's high time we encouraged our kids to participate more in outdoor activities.



Therefore, the message needs to be loud and clear - “Address Behavioral Risk Factors.”

Avoid junk/oily food, quit smoking/consuming alcohol, and above all realize the health benefits of being physically active – these are simple and effective ways to minimize lifestyle ailments and must be adopted by people.

End of the day, health needs to be an individual subject owned by each one of us for our own benefit.


Data Reference:

1) http://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/resources/atlas/en/
2) http://www.diabetesatlas.org/resources/2015-atlas.html
3) http://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/en/


Image Source:

1) http://www.clipartsheep.com/s.php?q
2) <a href="http://cliparts.co/clipart/474593" title="Image from cliparts.co"><img src="http://cliparts.co/cliparts/yTk/GGR/yTkGGRnTE.jpg" width="350" alt="Pix For > Family Movie Night Clipart" /></a>

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

WHY IS IT BETTER TO SIP WATER?

As there is art of eating, there is an art of drinking water as well. Human body consists of about 37.2 trillion cells and 75-80% of these cells live in water. 

They require water for strong immunity, metabolic activity, weight loss, and cellular function. 

The way we drink water is extremely important to our health. We hear everywhere the benefits of drinking water and we see people trying to drink more water, but there is a way to drink water.


Sit and sip your water slowly!

When you sip your water slowly, it mixes with saliva. 

Your saliva is alkaline in nature while your stomach is acidic in nature for all the right reasons because your stomach requires a certain amount of acid to digest your food and that’s great, but too much acid with excess amount of food or bad food is a cause for worry. 

So, we want our saliva get into our stomach so that the alkaline effect of saliva can stabilise excess acid in the stomach. One way to get the saliva into your stomach is the way we drink water. 


Ex…

WHAT DOES STOMACH ACID IMBALANCE DO TO YOUR BODY?

Stomach acidity plagues millions of people around the world, yet it’s one of the simplest things you can take control of using simple lifestyle changes. Human body requires acid for digestion, and there is nothing wrong with acid in your body, but the problem arises when the level of acid increase in your body all the time. Acid reflux, burping, bloating, flatulence, etc. these are all different forms acidity. If they are not handled properly at the right time, it can cause innumerable ailments such as cancer, diabetes, inability to lose weight, poor skin quality. 

Every cell in your body requires oxygen for health of your cell!

When you have acidity, the oxygen does not reach your cell completely and your cells are deprived of oxygen which is the vital force you have disease. And most of us choose to take antacid to kill this uncomfortable feeling and that may not be your best bet, because you may become immune to it and you end up taking higher dosage, at frequent intervals. 


Add to th…

YOUR WHOLE BODY WANTS YOU TO LAUGH!

We have always been told that the laughter is the best medicine, but there’s more to it than just raising your spirits for a couple of minutes. You go to a park, you see children running around, laughing away and living every moment of it. On the other hand, you see their parents stressed, tired, or rushed and that’s what you get from the busy, modern life.


In fact, laughter gives you many amazing beneficial effects. When you laugh, your brain releases endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for making you feel happy, they create the feelings of joy and euphoria, and they bring down your stress levels in the process.  So, never turn away from a person who helps you put a smile on your face. A good laugh reduces the level of cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine, and increases the production of serotonin and endorphins which reduce effects of stress, and helps you stay relaxed. 

When you laugh, as many as 15 facial muscles gets their act together and provides you a full-blown wo…