- This Dashain, moderate consumption of meat and alcohol is recommended
Sep 29, 2014-
One-fourth of the Kathmandu Valley’s residents are at serious risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, according to a recent study by Dr Om Murti Anil, cardiologist at the Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Centre (MCVTC) of the Institute of Medicine. Extrapolating data from a survey conducted among over 5,000 participants, the study also found that 44 percent of people had pre-hypertension and 55 percent of people under 40 years of age had high cholesterol. Hypertension and high cholesterol put people at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes. These conditions, in turn, have been linked to over-consumption of meat, especially the red kind, which contains higher amounts of sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. Alcohol and a lack of exercise, both of which are common during Dashain, further increase the risk factor. It is no surprise then that the Valley’s hospitals report a spike in the number of patients with non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and heart conditions, after the end of the festival.
This Dashain, amid all the celebration and fanfare, it would wise to remember that moderation is key. Binge eating and drinking only contribute to long term negative effects like hypertension and high cholesterol, along with the often immediate aftermath of indigestion, gastrointestinal problems, nausea, and generally feeling unwell. It is especially important to limit alcohol consumption, which has far more dangerous side-effects, not to mention the subsequent hangover. The judicious intake of meat and alcohol must also be supplemented by fruits, grains, and greens. The holidays can inspire indolence and a desire to simply laze away at home, but given the diet that is common during Dashain, a decent exercise regimen would help; it can be as easy as taking a brisk half-an-hour walk around the neighbourhood. It must be remembered that merriment does not have to come at the cost of your health.
Published: 30-09-2014 09:41