I am a Dietician by profession & I have realized that a majority of Indian people fall prey of Obesity , Diabetes , Hypertension , Osteoporosis , Constipation , Flatulence , Esophagitis & Halitosis . In other words people mainly complaint of these disorders. When people approach me with these health problems I usually recommend the following non medical treatment .
1 ) OBESITY :-
Wherever you look there seem to be reminders of how much soft drinks have permeated our lives. There are Coke and Pepsi adverts screaming at us at every nook and corner. How serious are soft drink consumptions? Soft drinks are nothing but junk calories. The companies that promote them might indicate that they can be incorporated in our diet if they are consumed in moderation. But how many of us can exercise that moderation? Fructose and sugar in soft drinks make up more than 21% of the daily intake of calories in many people’s diet. These beverages are an alarming cause of obesity. One may compensate by drinking ‘diet’ soft drinks but sweeteners like Aspartame and Saccharin too need more testing. So, how does one try to give up on the soft drinks?
Experts in 55 countries have put forward a paper that states the alarming fact that an estimated 388 million people could die over the next 10 years from the silent killers – hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases and obesity.
Often called as ‘Affluenza’ or diseases in the affluent society in developed countries, these diseases are also an emerging threat to developing nations. 60% of preventable deaths and 44% premature deaths occur due to these diseases. While all research has been focusing on infectious diseases like Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV-AIDS, these silent killers are being neglected. The WHO has in fact been spending less than 4% of funds on these diseases and often they are branded as an individual’s problem.
Obesity is one of the diseases of the affluent world. It is indeed a silent killer. Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, strokes and hypertension. Obesity has been called as a pandemic as it tends to affect millions of individuals across the globe.
Are you obese? Are you overweight? What are these terms? How does one find out?
A simple calculation can tell us what type of pattern we fit into. This is called as the BMI or the Body Mass Index. This ratio is got by dividing your weight in Kilos by your height in meters squared. For example if you weigh 90 kilos and your height is 1.8 meters, then your BMI is 90/(1.8)(1.8) = 27.78 Kg/Sg.m.
<17.9: Underweight. 18 - 24.9: Normal. 25 - 29.9: Overweight. 30 - 34.9: Grade I obesity.
Obesity has been one of the most talked about afflictions in recent times. Obesity has been known to be a direct risk factor for coronary heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
An effective treatment to reduce weight should always combine different approaches. Some of these approaches include:
1. A reasonable reduced calorie diet: Do not indulge in starvation diets. They are impossible to maintain over longer periods and inevitably lead to weight being regained. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Reduce fatty foods as much as possible.
Cardiac diseases are on the rise and this can be attributed to the increasing affluence amongst the people all over the world. Hitherto not much attention was paid to a combination of diseases collectively called as The Metabolic Syndrome or the Syndrome X. More and more researchers and doctors have now understood the importance of this entity.
So what exactly is the metabolic syndrome? A person is diagnosed to have the metabolic syndrome if he or she has the following conditions:
4. Insulin resistance (Diabetes).