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Physician issues comprehensive winter health advisory

By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Nov 24, 2023 6:58 pm

KOHIMA — Emphasising the profound impact of winter on the health of different age groups, a senior doctor in Nagaland has issued comprehensive health advisory.

According to him, the season poses particular risks to those engaging in unhealthy habits such as smoking and intoxicating or excessive drinking, making them vulnerable to various ailments including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

He also explained the risk of rising infections especially for individuals recovering from TB, HIV or cancer due to abrupt seasonal changes. He added that winter-related health issues such as diarrhea and hypertension are common, exacerbated by excessive meat and alcohol or other unhealthy food consumption coupled with reduced physical activity.

The doctor underscored the importance of moderation during festive seasons from weddings, Hornbill Festival to Christmas and other festivities, which usually spans from November to February, as overconsumption can strain the body’s metabolism.

He cautioned that excessive consumption during winter further slows down metabolism and may contribute to health issues including strokes and heart attacks, particularly for those not on regular medications.

“Generally, excessive consumption of certain foods and drinks, especially those high in unhealthy fats and sugars, can contribute to weight gain and other health issues,” he cautioned.

He stated that weight gain, in turn, could increase the risk of conditions like strokes and heart attacks.

He pointed out that while summer prompts movement due to extreme heat, winter’s cold climate often leads to decreased physical activity by potentially inviting health problems. The doctor highlighted that winter’s health impact spans across all age groups, affecting children, adults, and those with chronic conditions.

Drawing attention to the mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China currently, the doctor cautioned against inhaling dust and smoke to avoid introducing airborne pathogens into the respiratory system. He advised against close proximity to burning charcoal, which has adverse health effects akin to passive smoking.

Acknowledging unavoidable dusty roads especially during winter, the doctor recommended precautions against cold exposure and reiterated on moderation in eating and drinking.

As cold weather reduces lung capacity, he emphasised the need for protective measures during the winter months.

Also read: Air Pollution: A New Cause for the Rising Diabetes Rates in India?

By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Nov 24, 2023 6:58:07 pm
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