Visakhapatnam

Ban sale of tobacco, alcohol: expert

Noted cardiologist G.K. Sinha on Sunday said it was high time to impose a ban on tobacco and alcohol to prevent life-threatening diseases claiming a heavy toll.

He was speaking after release of book ‘Your heart and you' authored by cardiologist S.C. Sinha at a health education programme conducted for doctors and employees of various organisations by Indus Hospitals.

Dr. Sinha said stress and sedentary lifestyle were the major killers. All over the world it was found that addiction to tobacco and alcohol had led to death of many due to various types of cancers and other life-threatening ailments. “I strongly advocate a blanket ban on production and consumption of all types of tobacco and alcohol,” he said.

He said consumption of one peg of alcohol would add 300 calories. The junk food consumed as munching would further increase the calorie count, he cautioned and expressed concern at alarming rise in addiction of tobacco and alcohol among the youngsters.

Dr. Sinha said to maintain good health one should go for strict diet control and indulge in regular physical exercises like brisk walk for 30 minutes. He said people who are overweight should take steps to shed the extra kilos to avoid serious health complications.

Neurologist and chairman of Indus Hospitals V. Satyanarayana said the book ‘Your heath and you' contained useful information on how to maintain a healthy heart. He said the book would be translated into Telugu soon.

He said by spending just Rs.300 on certain simple tests like liver function test (LFT) several serious ailments could be detected. Sometimes general weakness, which is very often neglected, might also land one in serious trouble. “Hence, regular screening is always better after certain age,” he stated. Dr. Satyanarayana said doctors as well as patients need awareness on silent stroke and how to maintain a healthy heart. Fast food culture and lack of physical activity was leading to high incidence of obesity. He admitted that due to lack of awareness among the doctors some deaths were occurring due to ‘medical error.'

BSNL General Manager P. Nagaraju said people need to be sensitised on the need to keep their blood pressure and diabetes under control.

Retired veterinary science professor N.S.R. Sastry explained how he could able to maintain a healthy heart. Cardiologists V. Sujatha, N.K. Mahesh were also present.

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