STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also a renowned Diabetologist, said here today that Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and other lifestyle disorders like Coronary Heart Disease and Hypertension call for synergistic treatment regimens with optimum combination of non-pharmacological and pharmacological measures as well as adjuvant combination of different streams of medicine. Addressing the inaugural session of the 2-day national conference of Unani Medicine, coinciding with the Unani Day that also commemorates the birth anniversary of legendary Unani physician, Ajmal Khan, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the importance of integrated healthcare approach is many times more today than ever before because of the recent shift of India’s disease spectrum from communicable diseases to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). With an increase in the average lifespan of Indians on the one hand and with diseases like Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, heart attack, hypertension and other metabolic diseases on the other hand appearing in younger age groups, Dr Jitendra Singh said, everything cannot be left to only one single system of medicine. Optimum results are possible by supplementing allopathic system of medicine with alternative measures like Yoga, lifestyle modifications, etc, he added. It goes to the credit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Dr Jitendra Singh, that he realized the importance of integrated healthcare approach and sought to give it the respectability that it deserves. It is the Modi Government, he said, which took the decision of setting up an exclusive and separate Ministry of AYUSH. Again, it was on the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that within a few months of the formation of the government, a resolution was proposed in the UN and unanimously passed to observe International Day of Yoga on 21st of June. With a majority of India’s population today below the age of 40 and at the same time, progressively increasing population of elderly as well, Dr Jitendra Singh said, a holistic approach will have to be sought in the interest of the health of the nation. He said, a more wholesome healthcare approach is needed to constructively channelize youth energy and elderly experience, instead of allowing these to go waste.
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