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3-day obesity and weight-loss camp from today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
A three-day ‘obesity and weight loss’ camp will commence from tomorrow at SPS Apollo Hospital.

A team of doctors, led by Dr Gurpreet Singh and Dr Ramanbeer Singh, senior consultant endocrinologists, will analyse individual cases and underlying causes of weight gain so as to render advice and suggest the suitable course of treatment.

Giving this information, COO of the hospital Dr S.P. Singh remarked that there might be more myths about obesity than about any other major health problems. People were constantly besieged with faulty and incomplete weight loss information.

“To lose weight, we are advised to avoid entire food categories (such as carbohydrates or fats) or to eat only one food category (proteins, for instance).

And every new fad diet is accompanied by an avalanche of new products and marketing hype as companies try to cash in on the desperate desire of the people to slim down. The result is a stream of conflicting information that leaves many people confused. Worse yet, none of it seems to be working,” said Dr Singh.

According to Dr Gurpreet Singh, an estimated 120 million urban Indians were seriously obese and India ranked among the top 10 obese nations of the world.

Moreover, 70 per cent of diabetes in India was obesity- related while 76 per cent of women in the national capital alone were suffering from abdominal obesity, he observed citing the findings of a survey conducted by the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Dr Ramanbeer Singh was of the view that weight gain and obesity were caused by consuming more calories than the body needed, most commonly, by eating a diet high in fat and calories, being sedentary or both.

However, the imbalance between calories consumed and calories burned could also be caused by a number of different obesity-related factors, including genetic, hormonal, behavioral, environmental and even cultural.



‘Only 10 per cent kidney patients in India get treatment’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
Over 550 patients were examined at a free multiple medical camp organised at Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital by a team of doctors led by medical superintendent of the hospital Dr Wahegurupal Singh.

Those suffering from eye ailments were examined by Dr Daya Sadiq. The patients were given free medicines, follow-up advice and those in need of corrective surgery were admitted to the hospital for operations and intra-ocular lens implant.

Dr Sonal Sood and Dr Kamalpreet Kaur attended to patients with dental diseases and those in need of physiotherapy, respectively. The organisers provided free milk and food to the patients.

Prominent among others present at the occasion were H.D. Dumra, Hari Krishan Jain, Dharam Pal, V.D. Sharma and Surjit Singh.

Meanwhile, nearly 200 persons were examined at a free screening camp, held at Deep Kidney Care in Deep Hospital, Model Town, under the supervision of Dr Rajan Isaacs.

The aim of the camp was to identify patients at risk of developing kidney failure, as also to create awareness in public that kidney failure can be prevented.

While interacting with those present at the camp, Dr Isaacs stated that kidneys had several important functions like removal of waste products, purification of blood, maintenance of salt and water balance, regulation of blood pressure, strengthening bones and maintaining hemoglobin levels of blood.

He said that chronic kidney disease (CKD) was said to be present when an individual started passing proteins in urine or the kidney function declined.

Worldwide, more than 500 million people suffered from this condition. It was estimated that one out of every 10 individual had some degree of CKD, which gradually progressed to advance kidney failure requiring dialysis and kidney transplantation.

More than 15 lakh new kidney patients, he disclosed, were being identified every year in India, out of which only about 1.5 lakh people or only ten per cent were able to get treatment, while others eventually died a painful death.

Dr Isaacs cautioned that diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure) were the commonest cause of CKD.

"Every 4th diabetic and 10th hypertensive is likely to develop CKD. The condition is also a disease multiplier and leads to early heart disease and stroke."



HIV-TB ‘deadly combination’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 25
A guest lecture on TB-HIV was delivered in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) by Dr D.Behra, director, LRS TB Institute, New Delhi here last evening to mark the conclusion of the TB awareness week (19-24 March), observed at the DMCH to mark the World TB day this year.

Dr Behra emphasised that HIV-TB made a deadly combination and all efforts should be made to tackle the problem in a scientific manner. The treatment of TB in HIV had to be as per DOTS guidelines, which had already made a tremendous impact on the control of TB in patients without HIV in our country.

Earlier, in his welcome address, DMCH principal Dr Daljit Singh said the medical professionals in our country needed to take this problem seriously, otherwise it would lead to disastrous consequences.

Dr Gautam Ahluwalia, associate professor in the department of medicine moderated the session and other panelists for the discussion were medical superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri and Dr Updesh Sidhu, professor in the department of chest diseases.

According to Dr Whig, as part of the TB awareness week, each day had been assigned for a specific activity. In the course of the programme, the MBBS batch-2005 participated in the poster and slogan competition. The first prize was bagged by Suneet, second by Sandeep and third by Suhasini.

In the slogan competition, Amanpreet and Neha shared top honours, second prize went to Saurabh and Kanika, whereas the third prize was again shared by Davinder Pal and Sandeep. A quiz was also organised for 2003 and 2004 batch. In 2003 batch, Harleen, Nidhi, Priyanka and Sangeeta claimed the honours, whereas in 2004 batch, Ivy and Harnoor were the winners.



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