Sedentary lifestyle and bad food habits are among major reasons for the increase in diabetes, and the state has approximately 1.5 lakh diabetes patients, which are around 10 per cent of the population of Goa, said diabetologist Dr Tejas Kamat.
While speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the mega medical camp at Paliem on Sunday organised by Kalpavruksha Yuvak Mandal – Paliem, Pernem, Dr Kamat said, “The older generation was doing more physical activity than today’s younger generation and so their health also remained good till the old age, however, physical activity undertaken by the younger generation is less, and has taken to bad food habits, which include eating fast food and sugary food that is having a bad effect on the health.”
“Diabetes cannot be cured completely, and once a person gets diabetes, he or she has to live with diabetes for lifelong, and so prevention is better than cure. And, to prevent diabetes one has to do regular physical exercise for at least 30 to 45 minutes and avoid fried foods, and consume less sugar,” he added.
“Patients who are having diabetes should not skip the medicines as skipping the medicines will have bad effect on the health, and irregularity in taking the medicines can damage various organs in the body,” he said. During the camp, free medicines were given to the patients; testing for diabetes, cholesterol, haemoglobin was done.
Dental, hair, skin and general checkups were also done by various doctors.
The doctors present for the medical camp are Dr Pascoal D’Souza, Dr Babu Kerkar, Dr Vishnu Gadekar, Dr Navita Gadekar and Dr Amit Patil.
Dr Gadekar carried out free TFA hair analysis for hair problems such as baldness, hair loss, alopecia areata, female pattern hair loss, and also checked skin-related problems.
Sarpanch of Paliem village, who was present for the inaugural programme, appreciated the work of Kalpavruksha Yuvak Mandal. President of the Mandal, Mukesh Parab welcomed the guests, while a member of the mandal Nandakishore Nhanji introduced the doctors, and another member Sagar Pednekar proposed the vote of thanks.