HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE;PREVENTING THIS SILENT DISEASE

High blood pressure is the most prevalent chronic or lifestyle disease in India which is increasing rapidly among the urban and rural population..Quantification of the absolute burden and awareness about hypertension in India is critical as it is the leading modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Overall prevalence of HTN in India is approximately 30%. One third of urban adult Indians and close to one fourth of rural adult Indians are hypertensive. Among the general public , only one in fourth in the rural population are even aware that they have hypertension.  Hypertension and diabetes are major silent killer diseases,which by and large affect all the major organs of our body. The low awareness and treatment levels among hypertensive patients signify a lower knowledge ,attitude,and practice level. Current strategies to control blood pressure do not seem to be working too well. Hypertension is adequately controlled in barely 20% of the population undergoing treatment. In view of the dismal status, urgent steps to improve health education and health promotion measures have to be made by the policy makers on a large scale, incorporating multicomponent and multilevel approaches for better managing BP among Indians. Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. People suffering from hypertension may have headaches,giddiness,shortness of breath or bleeding from the nose,but these symptoms aren’t always present and usually don’t occur until the blood pressure has reached a severe or life threatening stage. UNCONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN LEAD TO COMPLICATIONS IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM; Heart attack Heart failure Stroke Kidney failure Decreased ability to think,remember and learn Dementia RISK FACTORS OR INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE IN INDIA ARE MAINLY; Smoking ,consumption of khaini or tobacco Sedentary habits Extra salt intake Low intake of dietary fruits and vegetables Stress Lifestyle intervention strategies,such as abstaining from tobacco,sodium reduction and weight loss,could aid int primary prevention of hypertension in our population.

Indian Food And Cancer Cells

Cancer is a deadly disease characterized by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells. In the normal process of cell division, cells grow, divide to make new cells, and die. But in the case of cancer, abnormal cells keep growing and damaging other cells. Nutrients required to treat cancer are antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and E, selenium and zinc to stop the proliferation of cancer cells, phytonutrients like lycopene and carotenoids to fight existing cancer cells, and fiber to form bulk and remove waste matter quickly, so the carcinogen cannot…

11 Reasons to Have a Cup of Coffee RIGHT NOW!

The brew can boost your health in some seriously surprising ways     Coffee is one hell of a drug. Every morning, you stumble down to the kitchen a bleary-eyed, bed-headed grump, but as soon as you chug some java, you’re ready to walk out your door with a big bounce in your step. If you’re like 59 percent of Americans, you can’t get through your day without guzzling at least one cup of Joe. But beyond the obvious pick-me-up that coffee provides, you also see a slew of other…

Xerophthalmia-A Major Eye Problem Found In India

Xerophthalmia  refers to the eye manifestations (signs) arising due to vitamin A deficiency. Blindness, resulting as a result of xerophthalmia, is an important public health problem in india. It is estimated that about a quarter of the 15 million blind persons in the country are due to xerophthalmia. Although vitamin A deficiency may become apparent at all ages, the preschool child (in the 3rd or 4th year of life) is the most frequent victim of this debilitating disorder. CLINICAL FEATURES OF XEROPHTHALMIA- The clinical manifestations in xerophthalmia pertain to changes…

Skin Infections- A Big Curse for Health

Skin infections are an important public health problem in our country. Most of the skin diseases can be attributed to bad personal hygiene of the persons. One of the reasons for this is, apart from ignorance, lack of adequate water for washing and bathing, particularly in the rural areas and urban slums. Skin infections may be due to- Bacterial infections, for example-boils, impetigo. Fungal infections, i.e, ringworm infections. Insect infestations, like-scabies. The normal skin harbors as commercialism. Some bacteria known as staphylococci and streptococci, though they are normally non-virulent .…