Friday, 20 March 2020

METABOLIC SURGERY: New Ray of Hope for Diabetic Patients

By Tricitynews
Bhatinda 20th Mar, 2020:- India faces major health challenge from “obesity in young” and unless this rapidly spreading epidemic is not checked in time, it will continue to predispose to a host of related disorders like Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension, heart disease, sleep apnea, infertility and lipid disorders. A recent study also linked morbid obesity to 13 types of cancer.
In Punjab more than 37% percent of population is either overweight or obese and their body-mass index (BMI) is high. Although, these disorders existed in State earlier too, in the last one decade, the proportion of population with these conditions has increased drastically, says  Dr. Amit Sood (MS), Bariatric Surgeon & Director Ckosmic Surgical Centers, who sees scores of patients with obesity related issues every day, he warns that obesity was spiking Punjab's burden of “lifestyle diseases”. People with high fasting glucose and high total cholesterol have more than doubled too. India is the 3rd most obese nation with more than 13.5 cr people suffering from Obesity, surpassed only by China and the US.  
Dr. Amit Sood, while interacting with media persons, here in Bathinda explained that why obesity should not be taken lightly. He said that obesity is a complex disease that can impact the physical, mental and socio-economic well-being of the individual. In his clinical experience, obesity in women is associated with depression. This can fuel a vicious cycle – if you don’t feel good, you eat comfort food. Unfortunately, the impact is not only devastating for the individual but also for their personal life – increasingly, obese patients are reporting marital problems that even lead to divorce.
Asked if anything could be done to address this health risk, Dr. Amit Sood responded that: “Acceptance is the key”, it was necessary to accept that the overweight we have is not “healthy” as many people refuse to accept that they are overweight or obese. “Second,” he said that we have to accept that we are eating more than what we are spending. Creating a balance between calorie intake and expenditure, coupled with lifestyle changes could help reverse the grossly flipping weighing scales. Dr. Amit Sood added that Obesity is a complex disease that can impact the physical, mental and socio-economic well-being of the individual. Obesity in women is associated with depression. This can fuel a vicious cycle – if you don’t feel good, you eat comfort food. Unfortunately, the impact is not only devastating for the individual but also for their personal life – increasingly, obese patients are reporting marital problems that even lead to divorce.
Dr. Amit Sood stressed that, while a significant population of men & women in the state are either overweight or obese, a recent study has shown that young children are also falling prey to this health disorder.  Lack of outdoor activities is fueling childhood obesity. These days, children are given mobile phones and laptops which they may find more entertaining than playing outside. Not only does this lead to the risk of obesity, but also to Vitamin D deficiency – which is a risk factor for both obesity and diabetes.
Despite the consequences of leaving obesity untreated, obese patients do not always consult a medical professional. Dr. Amit Sood observed that in the Indian scenario, more than 60% of individuals wait more than 6-10 years to seek out medically sound weight-loss procedures. Usually such patients are diagnosed with two or more co morbidities, such as diabetes. In his practice, he have observed a rapid rise in the incidence of infertility, depression, NAFLD, kidney failure, cancers, sleep apnea and heart attacks in patients.
Obesity treatment plans aim to limit weight gain, and eventually help patients reach and stay at a healthy weight. Treatment plans usually include diet and lifestyle recommendations, medications and bariatric surgery for eligible patients. Dr. Amit Sood explained that when obesity is treated effectively, many co morbid diseases also show improvement. For instance, bariatric surgery is proven to help control Type 2 Diabetes in obese patients and other co morbidities, which helps reduce mortality.
Dr. Amit Sood pointed out that patients can proactively consult a physician to understand whether they are eligible for bariatric surgery – before problems develop, most patients seek bariatric consultation when they develop Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or when they are refused a knee replacement surgery by an orthopaedician. But with increasing awareness about the role bariatric surgery can play in controlling obesity and diabetes, patients can proactively seek medical advice before their conditions worsen. Once there is a steady and uncontrolled weight gain, it is best to consult a medical expert who can help identify the cause and advise corrective measures.
Dr. Amit Sood added that Worldwide, of the four million deaths attributed to excess body weight in 2015, nearly 40% occurred among those whose body mass index (BMI) was above the threshold of obesity, i.e., 30 or above. Stigma associated with Obesity leads to patients not seeking the right treatment and blaming them for the condition, obesity is a Disease which needs treatment by obesity specialist, and government is also taking it seriously and taking strong steps to halt the increasing incidence. The National Multisectoral Action Plan for prevention and control of common NCDs. NMF. National Monitoring Framework Ayushman Bharat and Fit India Moment are namely the main ones.
To help ensure that severe obesity is treated with proven methods, insurance coverage of obesity treatment is a key policy step. Dr. Amit Sood that in his experience, many patients avoid seeking obesity treatment due to financial concerns. Some even question whether they should spend money on a ‘cosmetic’ need. Obesity is a serious medical condition. Covering its treatment with insurance would cement awareness and encourage many patients to seek appropriate medical treatment.  He also informed that Insurance also now treats obesity treatment as per medical advice for morbidly obese. Insurance will cover medically advised treatment as per new IRDAI regulation and all policies will have to comply from October 2020 onwards.

Bank of Baroda Announces Zero Charges on Digital Transactions

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Chandigarh 20th Mar, 2020:- Bank of Baroda, India’s second largest public sector bank, has announced zero charges on digital transactions for three months, to provide enhanced and uninterrupted banking experience to its customers.
To this effect, Bank of Baroda has rolled out ‘Stay Safe..Bank Safe..’ initiative to encourage more customers to bank digitally and equipping them to avail the Bank’s services from a remote location, without visiting the Bank branch.
The Bank has also rolled out a new TVC campaign titled ‘Khushiyon Ka Remote Control’ featuring its brand endorser PV Sindhu. As such, the bank has rolled out a range of digital products like Debit Cards, Baroda M Connect Plus, Baroda Connect and Baroda FASTag under the umbrella campaign, `Khushiyon Ka Remote Control.’
Vikramaditya Singh Khichi, Executive Director, Bank of Baroda said that at Bank of Baroda, it has always been our aim to innovate and offer cutting-edge products for customers across segments. In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, Bank of Baroda would like to assure its customers of enhanced banking experience, as they avail the Bank's services from remote locations. `Khushiyon Ka Remote Control,’ is a major step taken by the Bank in its endeavours to drive consumers towards a digital ecosystem, in times like these.
The Bank has teamed up with P V Sindhu to create awareness on the benefits of the bank’s digital products for seamless transactions. The campaign is being promoted across Bank of Baroda’s social media assets and digital platforms along with advertising on OOH, print and electronic media.

Dialysis Patients Attend Talk on Kidney Disease

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Patiala 20th Mar, 2020:- Dialysis patients attended an awareness health talk on kidney disease to mark World Kidney Day at Patiala Heart Institute here Friday.
In talk, Dr. Udham Singh, Sr. Nephrologist spoke about the significance of dietary habits in maintaining kidney health along with tips and prevention measures to keep the kidneys healthy.
He highlighted the knowledge on treatment modalities, diet and lifestyle management besides talking on common queries like who can donate kidney, what should be the frequency of dialysis and dietary advice.
Talking about the growing menace of kidney disease, he said that kidney failure cases are rapidly rising. Kidney failure or end-stage kidney disease is a condition, in which both kidneys are permanently damaged and can no longer perform their primary function of filtering toxins, wastes and extra fluids from the body.
The quality of life is better after dialysis, pointed out Dr. Singh. It’s a procedure that can help patients with end stage renal disease to increase quantity and quality of life. It also offers cure from kidney failure. With regular dialysis a kidney patient can live an active, healthy and independent life, he asserted.
Dilshad Singh Sidhu , COO of  Patiala Heart Institute said that we have further upgraded our dialysis unit with an association with Fresinius Medical Care. He said that the state-of-the-art dialysis unit is providing 24X7 dialysis services and comprises of a highly experienced team of dialysis technicians and Senior Nephrologist.