Dr Arul Dominic Furtado Advises on Lifestyle Changes and Diet Tips to Combat Alarming Surge in CVD Among Young Indians
Did you know that more young Indians are grappling with heart issues? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now the leading cause of death in India, affecting 26.6% of all lives. Shockingly, a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research revealed a 300% surge in CVD among those aged 30-44 in the last two decades. Dr. Arul Dominic Furtado, a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Consultant, emphasized the seriousness of the issue, linking it to sedentary lifestyles, poor diets, stress, and genetic factors.
Youth & CVD: Dr Furtado Debunks Myths, Stresses Lifestyle Impact
In an interview, Dr. Furtado underscored that CVD is not exclusive to the elderly, dispelling that myth. Lifestyle changes, including increased sedentary behaviour, unhealthy eating habits, and a rise in risk factors like obesity, smoking, and diabetes, contribute to the growing prevalence of CVD in young Indians. Dr. Furtado warned about the severe consequences of early-onset CVD, which can lead to fatal outcomes, impacting one’s quality of life. He emphasized the role of lifestyle factors like sedentary living, poor diets, stress, and genetic predisposition in this health crisis.
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The doctor stressed the importance of preventive measures and awareness, urging a collective effort. Regular health checks, promotion of heart-healthy diets, stress management, and genetic testing were highlighted as crucial components in tackling the rise of CVD among the younger population. Dr. Furtado called for collaborative efforts from individuals, the government, and the healthcare sector to address this concerning trend, emphasizing the need to debunk the notion that CVD only affects the elderly. In summary, proactive steps against sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, stress, and genetic factors are vital to combat this silent epidemic among young Indians.
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