Friday, April 25, 2008

Lifestyle Diseases on the rise in India

The unhealthy lifestyle of professionals and businessmen has resulted in an increase in the number of lifestyle diseases like obesity, heart diseases, osteoporosis, cancer and many more chronic disorders which may demand lifetime medications. In modern days people work for 8-10 hours a day and spend most of the time inside a building away from the natural surroundings. They go to work before sunrise and return back during night living in an artificial environment everyday.

A majority of the employees suffer from Vitamin D deficiencies due to lack of exposure to sunlight. They remain hooked to their desktops remaining stationary for longer periods developing vision problems and muscular disorders. In modern times food habits have changed a lot and several diseases like obesity, blood pressure, ulcer, diabetes etc can be attributed to the faulty diet practices of the people. These diseases apart from reducing your life span makes you live a turbulent life. The people's earnings will be vastly affected by chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases which are long term life long diseases.

Reports suggest that India will incur a loss of $237 billion by 2015 because of these lifestyle diseases. The quality of labour and their efficiency will drop considerably as a result of these diseases. The number of people affected by these diseases increases day by day dangerously but these diseases can be prevented or controlled by proper planning and following simple hygiene routines. Sometimes the urge to earn more and the passion for our work may make us blind to our degree of vulnerability to these diseases. Its high time that we wake up to this new challenge and redeem ourselves by following a healthy lifestyle and taking in nutritious diet.

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