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    Changing Lifestyle and Its Impact on Health

    Posted on Aug 22, 2022 | Author DR. SHEIKH MANSOOR SHAFI

    Lifestyle is a way of life that is formed by certain geographical, economic, cultural, and religious texts. The features of residents of territory at a specific period and place are referred to as lifestyle. It encompasses an individual’s daily behaviour and functionat work, activities, leisure, and diet. Millions of people live unhealthy lives as a result, individuals suffer from different health ailments. An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to challenges such as metabolic disorders, joint and bone problems, cardio-vascular diseases, hypertension, obesity, violence, and so on. Today, significant changes have occurred in the lives of all people. An unhealthy diet, smoking, alcohol consumption, drug abuse, stress, and other manifestations of a bad lifestyle are employed as prominent forms of lifestyle. Furthermore, people’s lives are being challenged in new ways. For example, growing new IT technologies such as the internet and virtual communication networks pose a significant risk to our world’s physical and mental health.

    The problem is that technology is being overused and abused.Earlier the physical work was much more intense than it is now. Everything you need is now available online. With more and more software-oriented duties and tasks being completed with a single click on our smartphones and laptops, we hardly feel the need to leave our leisure. Technology and the modern way of life have undoubtedly been a boon to us, as we have accomplished much but we’ve also encountered a slew of issues as a result of our modernization. Our health problems are one of the worst things that have happened to us.

    We believe that our body is the most valuable thing we have in this life and that this valuable item is getting wasting away as people’s lifestyles change, with people getting more and more sedentary, and diseases like obesity are hitting hard on the human race.

    With an alarming growth in poor eating and sleeping habits, as well as a lack of exercise and fitness plans, we are facing issues such as obesity and an unhealthy body, which leads to heart attacks, PCOs in young females, and a variety of metabolic disorders. With an increase in work pressure and hypertension comes concerns such as loss of fertility in the reproductive fluids formed inside the bodies of males and females, making pregnancy and sexual activity difficult. Excessive strain and stress are also detrimental to menstruation. Girls at this age are experiencing issues such as late periods and even missing their periods.

     

    Can a Healthy Lifestyle Relieve Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

    Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is characterized by irregular or absent menstruation. PCOS is characterized by numerous cysts in the ovaries, which are caused by an excess of androgen hormones. Acne, hirsutism (excessive hairiness), and male pattern baldness are common symptoms.

     

     

    How does diet affect PCOS?

    Insulin levels in PCOS patients are frequently reported to be higher than usual. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It aids the body’s cells in the conversion of sugar (glucose) to energy. Blood sugar levels can rise if you don’t create enough insulin. This can also occur if you have insulin resistance, which means you are unable to efficiently use the insulin you do make. If you have insulin resistance, your body may try to produce excessive amounts of insulin in order to maintain normal blood sugar levels. High insulin levels might lead your ovaries to create more androgens, such as testosterone. A greater body mass index may also contribute to insulin resistance.Insulin resistance can make it difficult to lose weight, which is why patients with PCOS frequently have this problem. A diet strong in refined carbohydrates, such as starchy and sugary meals, might exacerbate insulin resistance, making weight loss more difficult to achieve. Foods to add and limit are as

     







    Foods to add

    Foods to limit

    High-fiber vegetables, like broccoli

    Foods high in refined carbohydrates, like white bread and muffins

    Lean protein, like fish

    sugary snacks and drinks

    Anti-inflammatory foods and spices, like turmeric and tomatoes

    Inflammatory foods, like processed and red meats

     

    Eating a PCOS-friendly diet and making some lifestyle changes may help improve your mood and reduce some of the associated symptoms of PCOS.

    Healthy Eating: Changing Your Eating Habits

    Keep more fruits, low-fat dairy products (low-fat milk and yogurt), veggies, and whole-grain foods at home and at work. Focus on adding healthy meals to your diet. Try to eat a family dinner at the kitchen or dining table every day. This will help you concentrate on eating nutritious meals. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work. This lets you have more control over what you eat.

     

    Don’t miss or skip meals and plan your snacks. Ignoring your hunger signals may lead to overeating or selecting an unhealthy snack. If you are frequently hungry, you may become obsessed with eating. Eat your meals with others when you can. Relax and enjoy your meals, and don’t eat too fast. Try to make healthy eating a pleasure, not a chore. Drink water instead of high-sugar drinks.

     

    A campaign must be launched to enable the health administration to determine the genuine and exact health status of the population at the regional and state levels, which will aid policymakers and planners in developing health plans. Lifestyle diseases are on the rise in the UT, and it is critical that they are controlled at an earliest.

     

    (Author is Postdoctoral Researcher, Advanced Centre for Human Genetics, Sher I Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura Srinagar Kashmir. Email: mansoorshafi21@gmail.com)

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