Preventive health care can work wonders in India. “Prevention is critical for India, as we are genetically predisposed to diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular problems,” says Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, renowned cardiac surgeon and chairman, of Narayana Health, Banglore. “One of the root causes of heart problems in India is diabetes. A large number of diabetics from silent ischemia. They have blockages in the arteries, but there won’t be any symptoms like chest pain or breathing difficulty, as the patient won’t get to know of it until they have a heart attack.”
The solution get your routine tests done regularly after 30 years of age says Shetty. “Get a Lipid Profile done along with TMT & an Electrocardiogram, at least once in 2 years. More so, if you have a Family History of Heart Attacks and you have Diabetes. If you do, all these tests, you can detect the problems well before it happens,” he says.
Therefore, are check-ups necessary for healthy people? Experts say YES because one may otherwise miss the clues the body gives about potential health problems. There is hope even for those who have inherited disease-causing genes. “Your genes are not your destiny”, says Prof. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute, San Francisco, Ornish has an impressive track record. A clinician, he came up with the first document proof that Lifestyle changes – can indeed prevent and even reverse – heart disease and early prostate cancer, without medication or surgery in many cases.
His latest study says that with comprehensive lifestyle changes, you can reduce the risk of premature death and a wide variety of age-related diseases. For this, Ornish recommends a life style that includes a plant-based diet, yoga, moderate exercise, more social support, love and intimacy.
Type-2 diabetes can also be prevented with lifestyle changes, says Dr. V.Mohan, chairman and chief diabetologist, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialist Centre,Chennai. “It can be prevented in up to 60 per cent of people with pre-diabetes with the help of diet,exercise and moderate weight control. Refined carbohydrates and Polished rice should be restricted in the diet, a brisk walk of 40 minutes a day would suffice – even if done in stretches of 10 minutes each. “.Being Overweight is an important risk factor for type-2 diabetes,” says Dr Mohan.
THESE FACT CAN NOT BE OVER EMPHYSISED. THERE IS THEREFORE A GREAT NEED FOR EVERYONE TO GET THEIR BASIC PREVENTIVE HEALTH CHECK-UP DONE – AT THE FIRST AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITY.
DR Yogender Sharma.