The editorial “A ticking time bomb” (Dec. 25) is timely and fulfils the objective of creating awareness among youngsters on hypertension, a non-communicable killer disease. Hypertension along with its team player, diabetes, has been silently and steadily increasing among the rural populace, as established by the statistics in the editorial. Besides faulty food habits and a sedentary lifestyle that contribute to obesity, it is stress that is the underlying reason for early onset of diabetes and hypertension.

Besides medication and medical supervision, lifestyle changes will help in the management of the two problems. Yoga and meditation should be included in school curriculum.

V.K. Sridhar, Erode

We always thought of villages when we wanted to escape from hypertension. It is an unpleasant realisation that problems exist everywhere.

Priyank Piyush, Bangalore

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