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CAUSES OF NON COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Between 50% and 60% of deaths in Sri Lanka are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and out of these, 50% pass away even before they reach the age of 70 years. The average life expectancy of men in Sri Lanka is 72 years while for women it is 79 years. However, the truth is this average does not apply to all of us. It’s important to realize that our lifestyle habits in our younger years have a lasting impact on our health especially after we pass the age of 50.
NCDs can affect our eating habits
Once diagnosed with a NCD, our eating habits will be one of the first things that will be impacted. Imagine food without oil, sugar or salt? The constant fear of aggravating your condition means that you will inevitably have to change your eating habits.
Affects your happiness
You might be blissfully going through life thinking that no one in your family has been diagnosed with an NCD but without taking the proper precautions. there may come a day when you are suddenly diagnosed with diabetes or cancer, or even a coronary artery disease, which is common for those with high cholesterol. This would not only affect your happiness but that of your loved ones as well.
After the initial diagnosis, you will incur more medical expenses in order to do further testing for confirmation. It does not stop there, surgery may also be necessary. If this is the case, you will have to spend days in hospital and spend a lot of money on treatment and recovery. Think about it, if you had gone through a series of simple tests to identify warning signs and had taken preventive measures, you would not have to go through all this suffering and loss of time and money.
Reduced quality of living
You will not be able to carry on living life as you used to. For example, having diabetes would mean that you need to consider something as simple as a shoe cut! Suffering from a knee disorder, or osteoporosis will mean that something as simple as taking the stairs becomes a challenge Havin high pressure means you have to mindful of your emotions. All of a sudden life has become a burden.
NCDs that have been identified by The World Health Organization
- Heart disease
- Kidney disorders
Leading causes of NCDs
- Alcohol use
- Excessive oil and salt, flour and
- sugary foods
- Lack of exercise
Alcohol consumption in our country kills 10,000 people every day. There is no evidence that our body needs alcohol. It is also a myth that alcohol is good for the heart and treating worms in your stomach. So try to consume as little as possible. Another tip is to gradually increase the frequency between drinks. The less you drink, the less damage your body incurs.
Nearly 15,000 to 20,000 people die from smoking in Sri Lanka per year. Cigarettes contain over 4,000 harmful chemicals. 30 of them are carcinogenic in addition to other toxic chemicals. Almost 70 million people worldwide die from smoking per year. As a result, cigarettes have become the sole consumer product that causes cancer… Smoking can cause wrinkling of the skin, discolouration of eyes, sexual dysfunction, physical depreciation and the loss of happiness. Not only that, cigarettes cause damage to your body’s internal organs.
Today’s unhealthy eating and food preparation habits have led to various ailments. Especially in Sri Lanka, we tend to serve a large quantity of rice and eat small portions of vegetables. This is wrong and should be the other way around. Use the smaller spoons to serve rice and larger spoons to serve curries. Eating a small portion of rice which is high in carbohydrates, and a large amount of curry and legumes which provide essential nutrients including fiber, can prevent unnecessary fat storage. We also need to reduce excessive consumption of oils, sugar, salt, and flour.
Lack of exercise
Today’s busy lifestyle has resulted in most of us not engaging in enough physical activity. You
The Art of Loving Your Heart
Regular health Cheak-ups, Good Dietary Practices and Regular Exercise.
Food with Extra sugar, Preservatives, Canned fruits, Saturated fats & Transfer and Salted Foods.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, whole Grams Low-Fat Dairy, Lean Ground Meat and Oatmeal
30-60 minutes of Routine Daily Activity for At Least 150 Minutes of Moderate Intensity Physical Activity Per week.
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