Crippled by Lifestyle
Stroke is now called ‘ young stroke’. Anxiety and depression have become common. Yet, young Indians show a surprising lack of concern in the way they live.
Stroke has been rephrased ‘ young stroke’. Depression has become common. Yet, young Indians show a surprising lack of concern in the way they live.
It is more insidious than the battle of the bulge. It is increasingly becoming a daunting challenge to stay healthy. What is going wrong? Smart young Indians are being crippled by their lifestyle. Robust youthfulness keeps ailments and sickness at bay till age and debility take over. Usually, ailments and sickness set in around age 50 but primarily most illnesses have a long gestation period of 10 to 20 years and these are beginning to show up in those in their 20s and 30s.
Tobacco, alcohol and mental health problems today are the key health issues among youth. Today about 150 million young people use tobacco and the number is growing, especially among young women. About 20 per cent of adolescents experience mental health problem, most commonly depression or anxiety. A substantial proportion of mental health problems in adults originate early in life. A third of the deaths are caused by heart diseases attributed to stroke. Stroke, rephrased as ‘ young stroke’, has now been evident in the age group 20- 40 years.
Unlike in developed societies, an extraordinarily high 71 per cent of young Indians are sedentary and 57 per cent are not involved in any form of exercise. They have an inappropriate high- fat, fast food diet, are overweight, have aggressive stressful personalities worsened by jobrelated problems and a work- life imbalance that drives them fast into chronic ailments including high blood pressure and diabetes.
What is making it worse are problems of the digestive system triggered by the fallout of work pressure— poorly regulated drinking habits compounded by food habits. Unhealthy habits such as eating too quickly or consuming too many processed foods can lead to stasis of undigested food and the bacteria there release toxic chemicals and gases called endotoxins which may damage the mucosal lining in the gut. This over- production of endotoxins lead to symptoms like bloating, chronic fatigue, constipation, diarrhoea, joint and muscle pain, skin disorders and decreased mental ability.
An increasingly noticed condition is non- alcoholic fatty