|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Dec 1: Emphasizing the importance of identifying systemic solutions to diet related health outcomes particularly in the context of growing burden of Cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Sushil Sharma conducted a day long camp with the residents of Nanak Nagar at Gurdwara Singh Sabha during the celebration of Shahidi Diwas of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib. The team had been invited by Pradhan of the Gurudwara Committee to screen inhabitants so that those suffering from the cardiac ailments start following a strict diet, medicine and exercise schedule. The team looked at more than 300 inhabitants, who had turned up to get screened by the team of doctors about the prevalence of cardiac disease. Suspected patients with symptoms of heart disease were advised blood-sugar, BP and cholesterol tests, which they got done at the venue by trained and experienced team of paramedics. While interacting with the people Dr Sushil mentioned that data relating diet to cardiovascular diseases has predominantly been generated from High income countries, but over 80 percent of CVD deaths occur in low and middle income countries. It is primarily because of lifestyle transitions associated with increasing urbanisation and unhealthy behaviour. The global burden of disease study cites diet as a major factor behind the rise in hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and other CVD components. Moreover, unhealthy dietary patterns have negative environmental impacts, notably on climate change, he added.