Physician, Heal Thyself

by Medindia Content Team on  January 14, 2008 at 6:23 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Physician, Heal Thyself
According to latest Indian research, doctors themselves face the risk of the very diseases they try so hard to prevent and cure.

The research conducted in seven states of India and published in the prestigious Journal of Association of Physicians of India (JAPI) states that young Indian physicians show an alarming tendency to develop hypertension, impaired-glucose tolerance, accumulation of belly fat and increased cholesterol levels. More importantly, this tendency is even greater than that of the general public.

The research was conducted by the India Diabetes Research Foundation and Dr. A. Ramachandran's  Diabetes Hospitals of Chennai , capital of India's southern state Tamil Nadu.

The study described in  The Hindu,  covered  almost 2500 physicians in the age group of  25 to 55 years, from urban , semi-urban and rural areas. The study ran from 2004 to 2006 and had a   control group comprising  3278 subjects of the general public.

Procedures including  recording demography, medical history, smoking, alcohol habits, family history of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases were used to screen the subjects.

At the study's end , the   researchers could conclude that Metabolic Syndrome characterized by central adiposity, high levels of cholesterol, blood sugar and hypertension was more common among doctors ,  than the general public.

Says co-researcher Dr. A.  Ramachandran : " Physicians have a  high risk of lifestyle  diseases though  they have among the highest levels of awareness of such diseases and probably are treating their patients for the same."

The editorial noted that it was high time physicians took care of themselves. It cited lack of time, sedentary lifestyle ,  higher socio-economic status  and altruistic tendencies that  put the patient before oneself , as reasons for the study  findings.

The findings of this Indian study are in concordance with similar ones conducted in Australia, UK and the USA.

Source: Medindia

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