The diseases like hypertension and diabetes might be largely associated with metropolitan cities, but more and more people in Indore are falling prey to such medical conditions, a study by the recently launched non-communicable disease (NCD) cell at the district hospital has revealed.
Worse still, many of the patients don’t have any knowledge about their condition, it says.
The study, conducted over one month in May, has found that the maximum number of people are suffering from hypertension – a typical disease linked with stressful lifestyle of the metros.
The NCD cell has been formed to create awareness about non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes, cancer and others, and take effective measures to deal with them. A total of seven diseases have been classified under this cell.
Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director health, said they screened about 300 patients during one of the weeks and 80% of them were diagnosed with hypertension. Cardiac problems and diabetes were other diseases affecting the city people.
“A number of patients who came to us did not know that they had high blood pressure. The same was with a number of patients who were diagnosed with cholesterol and then diabetes,” said Dr Esha Joshi, in-charge of NCD.
Blaming multiple reasons for the rise in the number of patients of hypertension, Dr Dilip Acharya, a civil surgeon, said, “Stress has badly crept in our lives. Plus we have poor eating habits and a bad lifestyle. All this make it a bad phase for us. Also it has been found in majority of cases that people who have been diagnosed with hypertension have found to be diabetic or possess high cholesterol.”
Of 4,000 patients screened in a month, 471 were found to be suffering from hypertension. “We had cases where people as young as 30 were found to be suffering from high BP. The belief that that people can get high BP only after 40 is changing. In fact it has been found in a recent study that the genes of Indians are a little susceptible to diabetes. So an added precaution and care would help,” said Dr Joshi.