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Lifestyle Diseases — Biggest Killers in India

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Dr Anand BansalOver 61 per cent of all deaths in India are attributed to lifestyle or non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The lifestyle diseases are not only restricted to adults alone but even kids are falling victim, says Dr Anand Bansal, Medical Director, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, New Delhi, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

How Indian healthcare is evolving with the help of latest advanced equipments and technological innovations?

Healthcare industry comprises hospitals, medical devices, telemedicine, medical tourism and health insurance etc. The industry has evolved over the last 10 years and is now beyond paper-based records. The healthcare providers have overcome the technological gap and all records have been switched to electronic mode. Healthcare has potential to become one of the largest sectors in terms of revenue and employment. India’s healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and in the coming years it is expected to reach $275 billion.

Medical devices are expected to show higher growth in coming years as a result of rising infectious diseases along with popularity of non-invasive diagnostic practices.

Innovations and latest technologies are need of the hour which will make modern care approachable to rural areas. Healthcare Industry needs to be strengthened further to make it easily accessible in rural areas. Quality and cost-efficient healthcare delivery will make India a leader on globally.

Why meditation is needed in present times?

Our life is surrounded by extreme level of stress and various other kinds of chaos. Everyone is running in a rat race to become successful. But it is not at all easy to become a successful individual which requires a lot of dedication, hard and focussed work. In the quest to excel, one gets immense amount of stress and tension as a by-product.

To balance physical as well as mental stress, a person needs to calm his body, mind and soul, and here comes the ultimate power of meditation. Meditation helps you to let your sufferings go away and start enjoying the life.

Meditation is a powerful mechanism which not only keeps you fit physically but it enhances your mental capacity too. It is extremely beneficial and can help a person to be happier and healthier. Meditation helps to control the mind and thoughts. It is essential to feel healthy and live a happy life.

Lots of health benefits are associated with meditation. Some physical benefits of meditation are, it decreases the physical tension, lowers blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, slows the aging process, reduces stress level and anxiety, etc.

If a person is short tempered, meditation is the right tool for them. Meditation makes you calm which automatically manages anger. Another major benefit of meditation is that it enhances concentration power and enables a person to focus on their vision and mission.

We, at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute and Action Cancer Hospital, encourage our staff and patients as well to spare some time from their busy schedule for meditation as it will surely help them in several ways.

Records say that around half of the Indian people are still not serious about regular exercise, balanced diet and other disciplined lifestyle habits. How can we encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyle?

According to a latest research, lifestyle diseases are the biggest killers in India. Over 61 per cent of all deaths in India are attributed to lifestyle or non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The major concern is that the lifestyle diseases are not only restricted to adults but even kids are falling victim of these diseases. India has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China. According to a study, 14.4 million kids in the country have excess weight. The reason behind the same is unhealthy routine and lifestyle. People must be encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyle and follow a balanced diet.

Improper diet and lack of physical work or exercise are the major factors which contribute to lifestyle diseases which include obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, etc. To stay fit and healthy, we should follow the balance diet and daily exercise practices.

Make a healthy routine and follow the same in dedicated manner. It is utmost important to manage some time in your busy schedule for work out and exercise. Yoga is another important panacea to make you feel mentally and physically healthy.

Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol. It might make you vulnerable to deadly lifestyle diseases. Eating oily and spicy food increases your cholesterol level which leads to obesity and various heart ailments. So there is a major requirement to encourage the youngsters to start working on improving their lifestyle and eating habit

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