Car­dio dis­eases big­gest killer after road crashes

Times of Oman - - FRONT PAGE - SHRUTHI NAIR GAU­TAM VISWANATHAN

MUSCAT: Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases are the big­gest killer in Oman after road ac­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent of the Oman Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

“After road traf­fic ac­ci­dents, it is car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases that are the ma­jor cause of death,” said Dr Waleed Al Zad­jali. “It is re­lated to smok­ing, obe­sity, and hy­per­ten­sion.”

This comes just a cou­ple of days after the world’s heav­i­est wo­man, who weighed 500kg, died due to com­pli­ca­tions from heart dis­ease and kid­ney dys­func­tion. “Obe­sity is life threat­en­ing and it has hap­pened be­fore es­pe­cially dur­ing surg­eries in Oman too.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Global Nutrition Re­port 2016, Oman has one of the high­est obe­sity rates glob- ally, and is ranked 168 out of 190 coun­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Al Zad­jali, it is a seden­tary life­style, poor food choices, and lack of ex­er­cise that are the main causes of such a high level of obe­sity in Oman. Obe­sity in turn leads to nu­mer­ous health com­pli­ca­tions.

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