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Experts reveal most common diseases in India are entirely preventable through traditional interventions

Shardul Nautiyal, Mumbai
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Experts have revealed that most of the common diseases in India are entirely preventable and in some cases reversible through traditional interventions as the leading cause of many chronic diseases has been attributed to hectic urban lifestyles.

They further emphasize that the problem until now has been a dearth of practical information to follow due to which people tend to cling to unsubstantiated claims.

According to Dr Ajoy Prabhu, co-founder & CTO, Circee Health Pvt Ltd, “Covid has brought some more thinking home and literally so. During these multiple lockdowns, people started educating themselves about Covid and in doing that, have come across many strategies that are geared towards prevention. Once this concept of keeping a healthy body-weight and thus avoiding lifestyle diseases has sunk in, they are having a second look at this cost-effective method. For it is much cheaper to prevent than to treat a disease. At Circee Health, we have noticed an uptick in the kind of questions that are being asked, typically, revolving around disease prevention not just Covid but other diseases as well.”

Circee Health improves the health of the clients or patients by first identifying what is their particular underlying condition that is causing disease. It then monitors their progress through a closed-loop continuation of care model that tracks several individually-selected parameters. Its programme offers a comprehensive, 360 degree wellness, through nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and physician guidance using a well-established, Evidence Based Practice (EBP) - four unique ingredients to help clients feel better and stay that way.

Dr Prabhu further explains, “Over the past 30 to 40 years, there has been strong evidence that by changing your lifestyle for the better, you not only reverse chronic disease, but also keep it away. Think back to your great-grandparents, or even grandparents. While they may have had other severe illnesses, usually infections, they did not have diabetes, arthritis, BP - the diseases that are now endemic in India. Circee Health addresses these at the root level to eliminate it once and for all. It is changing this landscape of medication-for-disease-treatment model to a lifestyle-change as a prescription to help terminate today's common diseases.”

According to Healthdata.org, there has been a huge rise in the number of non-communicable diseases in India. Diabetes has risen by 70% over the last 10 years and cardiovascular disease (CVD) has risen by about 50%.

“The fact is we have made more changes to our diet and lifestyle in the past 200 years than the last 100,000 years of human evolution. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that our body is maladapted to the new urban lifestyle that it finds itself in,” Dr Prabhu concludes.


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