ISLAMABAD: Medical experts Friday warned that people who eat a lot of fried food may have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
A senior clinical nutritionist Tofail Kanzada has said eating fried foods away from home where frying oil may not be fresh posed the greatest risk, said, adding, with each reuse, oil becomes more degraded, and more gets absorbed into food, which can contribute to weight gain, higher cholesterol, and higher blood pressure all risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
“The bottom line is, eating fried foods once in a while is fine but not on a daily or even a weekly basis,” Dr added.
He suggested eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as you use olive or sunflower oil to make it.
“A well-balanced diet, with plenty of fruit and veg and only a small amount of high fat foods, is best for a healthy heart”, he mentioned.
He advised , featuring vegetables and fruits in your diet can be easy. Keep vegetables washed and cut in your refrigerator for quick snacks. Keep fruit in a bowl in your kitchen so that you’ll remember to eat it.
Choose recipes that have vegetables or fruits as the main ingredients, such as vegetable stir-fry or fresh fruit mixed into salads.
He said that a person should sate his appetite with salad if they want to avoid life-threatening heart conditions.
People who ate fries two or three times a week had (unsurprisingly) higher risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, Expert said.
He explained , a heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks one of the arteries of the heart. This prevents the flow of blood, cuts off the oxygen supply to the heart and damages or kills the heart cells.
Nutritionist said a number of factors are associated with the build-up of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries, including cigarette smoking, lack of physical activity and a family history of the disease.
Many overweight and obese people have diets high in fat, particularly saturated fat.
He said people to increase the amount and variety of plant foods consumed eat more unrefined vegetables, fruits and wholegrain cereals. Reduce intake of refined sources of carbohydrates.
“In addition, people who eat a lot of fried foods may also consume a generally less healthy diet, consisting of more red and processed meats and fewer vegetables, beans and fruits,” he said.
However, “everything in moderation,” still holds true. You can enjoy your favorite savory delights, but be sure to take note of the kind of fat the food is prepared with.
Dr said avoid added salt at the table and cooking and salty foods. Check the sodium content of foods and choose the lowest sodium products.
Exercise is vital to reduce your risk of heart disease, adds, walking at least 30 minutes each day at a vigorous pace reduces heart disease risk by 30 per cent, he concluded.
NIH issues alert on epidemic-prone infectious diseases
ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued Seasonal Awareness and Alert Letter (SAAL) for epidemic-prone infectious diseases in Pakistan.
According to an official of NIH, the main purpose of this alert was to inform all concerned health authorities and professionals at all levels and to facilitate them for timely and efficient response to the outbreaks or epidemics.
He said this alert letter was developed for the spring season from March to June 2019. In this letter, NIH exhibited patterns of high priority communicable diseases including Chikungunya, Cholera, CCHF, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Measles, Polio and Pertussis.
These diseases are predicted to be on high alert during the season while alert also contains a detailed introduction of diseases, case definitions, infectious agents, modes of transmission, case management, and prevention.
Through this letter, NIH also informed about national and international public health events like Typhoid Fever (Extensively Drug Resistance strain) and Naegleria fowleri as national while Ebola Virus Disease and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) considered as International events during the spring season.
He said the NIH also advised the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders to take keep a continuous watch on the anticipated seasonal public health threats and taking of all preventive or curative measures in this context.
There is additional information regarding ‘Mosquito Alert Pakistan app’ also included in this letter. NIH has recently launched its first-ever android based application which will help to collect information about mosquito species present in different areas.
The institute also issued an advisory regarding pollen allergy and suggested various preventive steps during the pollen season including limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, keeping windows and doors closed, limiting close contact with pets and using filter masks while going outside.
Free medical camp held at Mohmand
PESHAWAR: Directorate Health Services Tribal Districts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Friday organized a free medical camp in the far-flung area of Yakaghund, R.H.C hospital at Mohmand tribal district.
As many as 530 patients were examined in the camp which included children, men women and elderly people of the community.
Dr. Sanam Gul and tribal district Engineer Faizan Khan, Sadiqeen and Programme Coordinator Shah Faisal Kaka Khel personally supervised the camp and ensured the quality service to maximum people.
He said such camp would be conducted throughout the tribal belt with the support of Health Directorate and Greenstar. Tribal District Doctors include Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Mati Ullah, Dr. Ajmal, National Programme Coordinator Dr. Pervez Iqbal, Lady Dr. Faiza Rehman, Lady Dr. Lubna also paid a visit to the camp where consultation, screening, counseling, check up and registration of the patients were done.
Dr. Kaleem Ullah Khan told media men that community was in dire need of such services and the Greenstar was effectively catering to those needs.
The camp held under the Greenstar Project and supported by KFW was one of its kind which not only included free consultation and medicine provision but family planning services and on the spot counseling.
Arrangements for anti-polio drive reviewed
KARACHI: A coordination meeting of all related departments, chaired by Commissioner Sukkur Rafique Ahmed Buriro on Thursday reviewed the arrangements made for upcoming anti-polio drive in the district.
The meeting was attended by Police officials, representatives of PPHI, WHO, educational institutions and officials of allied departments of the administration.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Commissioner said that coordinated efforts were underway to eradicate the menace of polio once for all.
All related departments were participating in the anti-polio drive and using all available resources to make the campaign more effective and successful, he added.
He urged the polio teams to work with more commitment and dedication to achieve 100 percent results.
The administration also urged the parents and citizens to get their children vaccinated against the polio and root out the crippling disease forever.
The meeting also discussed security arrangements for the polio teams.