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Manipal Hospitals and IBP Century Club, in association with The Hindu , organise camp

Dietician Trishita Issar, Century Club secretary V. Sreemanth, president G.J.J. Raju, unit head of Manipal Hospitals G. Sukesh Reddy, ENT specialist K.V. Sreedhar, and consultant physiotherapist Venkat Prasad at the free health check-up and awareness camp organised jointly by the hospital and The Hindu in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Dietician Trishita Issar, Century Club secretary V. Sreemanth, president G.J.J. Raju, unit head of Manipal Hospitals G. Sukesh Reddy, ENT specialist K.V. Sreedhar, and consultant physiotherapist Venkat Prasad at the free health check-up and awareness camp organised jointly by the hospital and The Hindu in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Simple changes in lifestyle, regular exercise, and having a balanced diet can go a long way in keeping common lifestyle disorders at bay and in maintaining good health.

This was the message given by experts from Manipal Hospitals at a free health check-up and awareness camp organised by the hospital and the IBP Century Club in association with The Hindu on the club premises on Thursday.

Headaches

ENT specialist K.V. Sreedhar gave a talk on ‘headache and sinusitis' through a PowerPoint presentation. Headaches could be triggered due to factors such as stress, sleep disturbances, fasting, hormonal changes, smoking, and alcohol. The triggers should be identified and avoided to the extent possible. Sinusitis could be overcome with the use of antibiotics, pain relievers, and decongestants.

“Secondary headaches, which could prove to be life threatening, are due to underlying causes such as tumours, brain infections, and clots in the brain. The underlying causes should be identified and treatment given accordingly,” Dr. Sreedhar said.

A young woman said she was suffering from severe headache with pain emanating at the centre of the head following which she would be bedridden for a few days. She was experiencing blurred vision during the evenings and had been using pain killers during such attacks, which were recurring for the past six years.

Dr. Sreedhar cautioned her that prolonged use of pain killers could damage the kidneys. He said proper diagnosis was needed to arrive at the cause of her problem.

Consultant physiotherapist Venkat Prasad spoke on ‘ergonomics' and how simple stretching exercises and maintenance of correct posture would go a long way in overcoming lower back pain.

Dietician Trishita Issar underlined the need to avoid fatty and saturated foods, and choosing foods rich in fibre content.

Salt intake should be reduced and one should drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water a day.

Club president G.J.J. Raju, secretary Vasireddy Sreemanth, Regional General Manager of The Hindu T.V. Suresh, and unit head of Manipal Hospitals G. Sukesh Reddy spoke.

The mobile unit of GITAM Dental College conducted a dental check-up camp.


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