Doctors advise youth to be careful about eating habits

WEB DESK: Hypertension and disease caused by it are increasing by 30%. Doctors have advised youngsters to be careful about their eating habits to improve their health and avoid these health conditions which have risen among the youth by 20%.

Experts claimed that due to unorganized health system, the large number of youth has been affected by hypertensions and its related diseases. Diseases like Brain haemorrhage is getting common among the youth.

The President of Hypertension Society of India, A Muruganathan said, “One in four individuals above 25 years in India has hypertension and it is increasing at an alarming pace. Reducing salt intake, stopping tobacco use, reducing stress by slowing down, yoga or meditation and increasing physical activity are some of the key strategies to reduce blood pressure,”.

He emphasized that one should always get checked up for the condition early because ignorance can lead to a stage where hypertension cannot be reversed.

“Reversing it may be more difficult if not impossible. Get your blood pressure checked every year as hypertension often has no symptoms and delayed diagnosis can cause harm to some key organs like kidney, eye, brain, heart etc. If diagnosed with hypertension, take drugs without fail and change your lifestyle,” he said.

The world has over 9.4 million people suffering from hypertension and the figure is on constant rise.

Explaining the reason of increase in the number, SS Das, head of critical care and cardiology at Kolkata-based Mercy Hospital, said, “The current scenario is such that youngsters constantly are on working hours and hardly get time to exercise and maintain a proper diet. This leads them to get hypertension. Diabetes is found commonly among youths in the 20s and 30s age group. A sedentary lifestyle only exacerbates the situation.”

The experts also said that many of people indulge in self-medication, which leads to other problems including thickening of blood vessels and kidney ailments.

According to Kenneth Thorpe, Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, over 200 million people are on the verge of stepping into the dangerous zone of hypertension.