here is a rapid increase in the clinics catering to various lifestyle diseases in our cities, towns and villages. The lifestyle clinics which were a prominent feature of the Srinagar city have now mushroomed in all districts.
With the increase in lifestyle diseases like diabetes and PCOD people think it necessary to visit endocrinologists and diabeticians on a fortnightly or monthly basis. Since these diseases last decades or in most cases are lifelong so it ensures a perennial income to these clinics.
The lifestyle diseases were not true to our ethos and culture. We are historically an agrarian economy where physical hardwork was entailed a regular feature of our living style. With the coming of cable television and mobile phones, things changed and our lifestyle became sedentary. With every daily chore becoming mechanized people hardly exercise, hardly go out on a walk and do not interact much with relatives and friends. The coming up of the social media has further made us unhealthy and robbed us of our health and peace of mind.
The PCOD in girls is impacting their fertility and a good number of girls are more ten years into marriage without bearing a child. The lifestyle clinics are cashing in on the opportunity and charging huge sums of money as consultation fee.
The need of the moment is to broadcast the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle which essentially entails eating healthy and regular exercise. As far as the lifestyle clinics are concerned they need to be monitored as to why the patients do not achieve a normal health metrics despite consuming medicines for years and in some cases for decades.