Diabetes, a death eater
In a rather shocking police report, Vasudevan Nair (73) of Kilimanoor here in Thiruvananthapuram, supposedly hanged himself to death, on knowing that he was a diabetes patient. The FIR report stated that the man killed himself on Thursday morning, without seeking medical help for his typical high blood glucose condition.
These days irrespective of age or gender, people are being slaves to the slow death eater- Diabetes. This is a single case of a man killing himself but once attacked by the disease people are taking a step closer to their death.
As technology advances, humans are lazy and are being puppets in the hands of science. The extra time of inactivity leads to obesity which in turn leads to diabetes. Diabetes is often accompanied by other medical complications like obesity, hypertension, high lipid levels and cardiac problems. Diabetes and the conditions related to diabetes are the leading cause of death.
Despite the recent achievement of Kerala for achieving 100 per cent literacy, the state can not seem to claim the same for health rate. Even as literate people, Keralites fall behind in the category of health. Kerala can be called the diabetes capital of India with a statistics as high as 20% which is double the nation’s average of 8% and Thiruvananthapuram providing up to 17% of the net value.
Being one of the developed cities in India, Thiruvanathpuram being a hub of IT companies where work comes before health, most time is dedicated to work; professionals skip their meals in return adversely shooting on their health. Young and old equally depend on the fast stomach fillers, the junky which drastically affects the amount of glucose level in the body.
“In a stretch we work for 9 hours and though the company gives us permission to take few five minute breaks no one usually leaves their seat except for the lunch recess. Usually for lunch we prefer to have handy foods like sandwich or burgers so that we don’t need to leave our seats to wash hands. Our metabolism rate is adversely affected because we remain in a constant 21 degree temperature in an air conditioned office” said Susan C Jacob, an IT professional working for QBurst.
In 2015, the Trivandrum Wildlife Division’s Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary exhibited a traditional, tribal food stall prepared from the ingredients brought from ‘Agasthyavanam’ and prepared live for the customers in an attempt to promote organic food to reduce the risk of scientific eatables.
Pathayam in Trivandrum being the only organic restaurant in the city claims that the number of customers coming in to the place has increased drastically. Gangadharan, a staff at Pathayam said, “The young generation comes into the restaurant on a daily basis. They have become health aware and brings in their friends also to eat at our place.”
Diabetes is often accompanied by other medical complications like obesity, hypertension, high lipid levels and cardiac problems. Diabetes and the conditions related to diabetes are the leading cause of death. People with diabetes are taking a step closer to their death. And hence by targeting diabetes one could manage to tackle other diseases too.
A balanced diet is enough to stay healthy and to maintain the level of glucose in a human body but common people prefer a canned drink over a cup of heat, steaming green tea.
With a large number of restaurants opening up in the city, Trivandrumites need to learn to control their taste buds.