Does Lifestyle Choices Affecting Our Health

We have changed the world drastically from what it was just a hundred years back, the profusion of energy and development has wrought havoc on our health due to the senseless use of them. We first start from the simple aspect of energy; we are burning energy at a faster rate than ever before. From cars to huge electricity stations, pumping the air full of toxic chemicals. These aspects are directly responsible for our deteriorating lungs and increase in blood pressure. Also Increase in working hours and stress has contributed to this phenomenon and causing hypertension. Persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysms, and is the leading cause of chronic renal failure. Even moderate elevation of arterial pressure leads to shortened life expectancy. At severely high pressures, mean arterial pressures 50% or more above average, a person can expect to live no more than a few years unless appropriately treated This increase in heart problems and Blood pressure is hitting each one of us and necessitates the use of modern aids such as blood pressure monitors to ensure that we are always up-to-date on our health and are aware.

Also the easy availability of fast food, preservatives laden food, and the conspicuous consumption of food high in sugar and fat has to lead to increase in people suffering from obesity and diabetes. Obesity is considered by many to be the endemic disease of the future pushing our medical system worldwide to the brink. Obesity is a leading preventable cause of high and then death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children, and authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Diabetes is also now considered to be increasing in prevalence and is affecting more and more people every day. A Huge wakeup call is that currently India has more diabetics than any other country in the world. We have reached a point where using diabetes monitors has become necessary to keep a person updated on his sugar levels.

We have to combat this scourge using a two pronged effort, we have to first take a holistic view of our lifestyle and shift to healthier ways of living, eating and working and more use of technological aids to ensure that we are always in control of our body and are aware of what needs to be done.