Fes­tive bing­ing leads to cases of stom­ach-re­lated ail­ments

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

As the fes­tive sea­son of Ganesh Chaturthi has be­gun, so has the bing­ing on sweets and savouries at ev­ery house­hold in the city.

Doc­tors from the city said as peo­ple are in­dulging in ghee­laden, multi-coloured modaks and lad­doos, the num­ber of pa­tients with stom­ach re­lated com­plaints have also shot up in the past ten days.

“We usu­ally see around 2 to 3 pa­tients on a daily ba­sis suf­fer­ing from stom­ach re­lated ail­ments like gas­troen­teri­tis, di­ar­rhoea or jaun­dice,” said Dr Prashant Jawade, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion run civic hos­pi­tal in Vashi.

“But with the fes­tive sea­son on, the num­bers have spi­ralled up to around 10 to 12 cases now in the past one week,” Jawade added.

Dr Jawade added that there are two side ef­fects of in­dulging dur­ing the fes­ti­val sea­son.

“One is since peo­ple eat more out­side food they are bound to get bac­te­rial in­fec­tions and sec­ond, due to over-eat­ing di­ges­tion is­sues are a ma­jor com­plaint. This is fur­ther go­ing to ag­gra­vate with more fes­ti­vals com­ing up.”

While Nerul-based gen­eral physi­cian Dr Jayanta Pal said that peo­ple usu­ally eat rich greasy food dur­ing this time, it re­sults in acid­ity and gas­troe­sophageal re­flux dis­ease (GERD) which is a kind of di­ges­tive disorder.

“I have been treat­ing four to five pa­tients daily at my clinic this week,” added Dr Pal.

“Along with ex­ces­sive eat­ing, there is also no guar­an­tee of the qual­ity of the ma­te­rial used for mak­ing sweets which mostly con­tain ar­ti­fi­cial toxic col­ors and syn­thetic flavours. This is the ma­jor rea­son be­hind the cause of these dis­eases,” he added.

Doc­tors also said an­other rea­son more peo­ple fall­ing prey to stom­ach-re­lated dis­eases is be­cause of the in­ter­mit­tent rains. “The di­ges­tive sys­tem re­mains less im­mune dur­ing the rainy sea­son and hence it is ad­vis­able to only eat qual­ity and light home-made sweets and eat­a­bles,” said Dr Anu­radha Ghor­pade, Vashi based gas­troin­testi­nal spe­cial­ist.

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