STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: ‘Change is law of nature’ is a universally held aphorism and holds true for all states of matter but when it comes to various physiological and basic functions of our body, it is hard to accept that different systems that serve our body and mind experience variations during aging process, said Dr Sushil Sharma while interacting with inmates of Old Age Home at Amphalla on sidelines of a health cum awareness camp organised for inmates. “Aging associated diseases are commonly seen in elder patients. These diseases include osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, arthritis, cataracts, osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease. The incidence of all of these diseases increases exponentially with age and about 60 per cent of older populations suffer from obesity which leads to type-2 diabetes and some suffer from metabolic syndrome which increases risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases,” he added. Highlighting the intricacies involved, Dr Sushil said atherosclerosis process commences, according to some researchers, with birth and accelerates with advancing age, leading to changes that are sometimes obvious but frequently go unnoticed for a long time. Dr Sushil further maintained that elderly people take some precautionary measure such as eat healthy, get some sleep, take care of mental health, notice change in vision, stay physically active and don’t neglect symptoms, such as shortness of breath, progressive fatigue, heartbeats that are too fast, too slow, or irregular, pain or discomfort in left chest, or dizziness because all of these symptoms may not be a consequence of age alone but could signify a recently acquired heart condition. “No doubt aging itself is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, we still recommend avoidance of smoking, promotion of physical activity, control of blood pressure, careful hypoglycemic therapy in diabetics, prevention of obesity, and all other measures that promote cardiac health,” he said. Management committee of the Old Age Home including I D Soni, President; S S Manhas, Vice President; and Vijay Bhagotra, General Secretary appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their premises for welfare of inmates of ‘Home for Aged and Infirm’. Others who were part of the campaign included Dr Arvind Kohli, Cardiac Surgeon; Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Syed Raheela. Paramedics and volunteers included Raghav Rajput, Kamal Sharma, Mohammad Altaf, Om Prakash, Pushpa Devi, Gourav Heera, Akshay Kumar, Vikas Kumar, Sandeep Kohli, Gourav Sharma, Anmol Singh, Aman Gupta and Rajkumar.
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