More than half of the lifestyle disease patients in Jharkhand belong to the young generation, health experts said on Wednesday quoting two national health surveys and blaming it an increased intake of fast food and less workouts.
About 6.70 lakh urban youth out of 11.91 lakh total diabetics in the state have high sugar levels. The situation is similar in connection with the hypertension cases which have risen from 11.52 lakh in 2014 to 11.67 lakh in 2015, experts said quoting the National Health Profile (NHP) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) surveys. They said the main reasons were reckless consumption of fatty foods, less fruits intake, sedentary life and lack of physical exercises.
“Of all the cases of blood sugar, almost half are either in the 30s, some even younger. It is a result of bad lifestyle. There is a need to switch over to better and healthier living,” said Sanjay Kumar Singh, professor of medicine at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS)
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) survey,
39 of 100 people in urban Jharkhand are diabetic -- at least 21 are between 30 and 40 years and only three out of 100 suffering from it in the rural areas, he said.
High blood pressure (hypertension) has become a chronic non-communicable disease, said Jamshedpur-based yoga guru Anshu Sarkar. “Junk food, stress and lack of physical exercise are the reasons for hypertension,” he said.
Singh said that most of the people in India and the state alike were not aware of their situation. “If you ask people of their health profile four out five will not be able to reply. They come from treatment when diseases have reached their peak,” he said.
However, despite the rising trends of non-communicable disease, like diabetes and hypertension, the Jharkhand health department has taken no pre-emptive steps to aware people.
Director-in-chief Jharkhand health services Sumant Mishra said that the state under the National Health Mission’s urban health services would soon start addressing these diseases.
“Under the national programme for prevention of non-communicable diseases, we are already running awareness drives for cancer and cardiovascular diseases,” said Mishra.