Father's day marks a time to celebrate not only families but options for a healthy future
13 MAY 2014 – Father's Day marks a time to celebrate family, recall cherished memories and look forward to the future with a sense of optimism. Dr. V. Amar, MD, Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Citizens Hospital, reminded us that Father's Day should also serve as a time to emphasize the importance of good health and wholesome lifestyles. "Eating a well-balance diet that is low in fats and sugars, avoiding vices like tobacco, getting plenty of exercise and taking steps to minimize stress all play a critical role in a person's overall health," Dr. Amar noted. "It is impossible to understate how profoundly the choices we make impact us individually and our family members, too. On Father's Day, children and their dads should encourage each other to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles."
In recent years, incidence of lifestyle diseases, or medical conditions made worse by poor food habits, tobacco abuse, sedentary lifestyles, excess stress or other avoidable triggers, has skyrocketed not only in India but around the globe. While they all have multiple causes, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis and other joint problems are just some of the well-known conditions attributed to unhealthy lifestyle, obesity and poor overall fitness.
Medical organizations and governments worldwide have taken steps such as awareness campaigns and taxation to curtail their spread, though we all have a responsibility as individuals to do our part. Whether you are a healthy, fit individual or someone who has not made your health a priority in recent years, routine physicals and evidence-based risk screenings are great ways to work with doctors to assess your health status and formulate a plan for improving it through diet and exercise. Medicine introduces new procedures every year aimed at combatting and reversing diseases, and considering a procedure or making a change now may help you avoid more complex problems in the future.
Citizens Hospital has made a commitment not only to treating illness but to providing the community with the clinical and educational resources required to stay healthy. Its doctors have world-class expertise in bariatric surgery, like Dr. Amar, and sleep disorders, like Dr. Sashikanth Jonnalagadda, MD, Consultant and HOD, Head and Neck Surgery, Citizens Hospital, as well as cardiology, diabetology, orthopedics, pulmonology, multiple forms of cancer and a range of other specialties that treat conditions that can be brought on by factors we can control like diet and exercise habits. And Citizens offers a wide range of screening programs targeted at identifying problems early, when they are most treatable.
In today's busy society, we often think of healthcare as a means to treat illness more than we think about health as making good choices every day. Modern hospitals such as Citizens have changed their focus accordingly, bringing the role of healthy living and preventive, integrative medicine to light. Along those lines, Dr. Sashikanth Jonnalagadda added, "Enjoy Father's Day. It has special significance to each of our families in different ways, but let us regard it collectively as a way to remember the virtues of good health, its importance for longevity and the role doctors and hospitals can play in maintaining it."
About Citizens Hospital
Citizens Hospital provides protocol-driven healthcare based on the latest medical evidence across a broad range of medical specialties for inpatients and outpatients. It coordinates care in a way that emphasizes the needs of patients first. Citizens Hospital values quality and invests in technology proven for clinical effectiveness. Its medical staff consists of experts recognized not only for their clinical abilities but their ability to work as a team to get the best outcomes for patients and extend top-level care with compassion. The hospital places a high emphasis on exceeding rigorous quality benchmarks related to safety and performance. It has struck strategic partnerships with firms possessing similar objectives. These aspects of Citizens Hospital combine to drive its primary mission of bringing the world's top healthcare standards to India.
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