No sooner that India managed to manage killer diseases (such as malaria, cholera and polio) of the past years, the nation is confronted with a new health threat. A new breed of diseases, which goes by the name of Lifestyle diseases, has become the new killer. For many years, common Indians were under the impression that Lifestyle diseases were a problem for solely the wealthy Western nations. While such diseases still account for more than 14.2 million premature deaths globally each year, India is contributing significantly to this end statistics. Lifestyle diseases have replaced the infectious and hereditary diseases and become the leading killer diseases in India. While some such diseases are side effects of modern day fast lifestyle, others are a result of physical inactivity and addictions. So, today let us take a telescopic look at some such diseases.
The anal fistula is characterized by the blocking of one or many glands in the anus, caused by an infected abscess. More than 50% of abscesses in the anus may turn into a fistula (a small tunnel connected the infected anal gland to the skin around opening of anus). Thousands of people are affected by this painful and irritating medical condition.
Tetralogy of Fallot, is a congenital heart defect that negatively impacts the heart’s structure leading to poor supply of oxygen and blood to the heart and other parts of the body. This defect can be detected at the infancy stage of a child. Such infants have an unusual skin color, ranging from blue to violet tinge, which is caused by improper supply of oxygen to the body.
The 4-in-1 Condition
“Many years ago I was diagnosed with high level of cholesterol. Doctors detected that I had Familial Hypercholesterolemia. The prescribed drugs never reduced the levels of cholesterol. Then at the age of 45, I was suggested to undergo a surgery. After Surgery I never felt breathlessness or chest pains while engaging in activities again.”
In the recent times, lung cancer has become a killer health ailment. Though, there are many treatments available for the cure of this health problem, but mostly it is inbuilt fear within the minds of patients that keeps them from effective cure. But the patients on their part cannot be blamed, as more than 65% patients diagnosed with lung cancer eventually fall prey to the disease. Though people over the age group of 60-65 are more prone to this cancer, but that is not a thumb rule as patients from every age group were diagnosed with this cancer in the last year.
Are you facing any of these eye problems?
- Blurred vision or blind spot
- Difficulty in recognizing faces
- Not able to adapt to low-lit areas and need more light while reading
- Colors do not seem as bright
- Getting glares
If yes, then you could be a victim of Age-related Macular Degeneration!
Diabetes is one of the most talked about diseases across the world affecting around 455 million people worldwide and the numbers are mounting rapidly every year. Unfortunately, India is amongst top 3 countries with high diabetic population and the number has doubled in 13 years in India with a whooping increase from 32 million in 2000 to 63 million in 2013.
Seeing such exponential increase, India certainly has a challenge to face which deliberates all of us to know the disease well and understand its adverse effects.
Heart defects in kids have become an evident fact in the modern life. Medical research groups estimate that 1 in every 100 kids has heart defects and most of these are easily treatable.
“My son Rehan aspired to be a cricketer. His friends claimed that he bowled quicker than any of them. Everything was going fine, before one day he was carried home by his coach. He had collapsed on the field. Just as a precaution we took him to a doctor, and then the testing times began for us. He was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. But, luckily medical intervention on time helped him get back to normal life.
“My husband came home one day from his office reporting immense abdominal pain. We thought it was caused by food poisoning. But the pain kept on returning. So, we consulted a doctor. After many tests, it was confirmed that my husband was suffering from a special type of liver cancer known as Hepato Cellular Carcinoma. In the weeks that followed, he underwent a surgery. After this prolonged surgery, he recovered quickly. Now, he is again back to his normal life.”