Chennai: Can diet modification and exercise improve the quality of life in patients having cardiovascular diseases? It is possible even in the case of chronically ill patients like diabetes and hypertension, claims Dr Renuka David a wellness and lifestyle expert.
On her own, she has embarked on a mission to promote exercise and diet change to prevent the onset of diabetes mellitus, hypertension or obesity in the 30- 40 years age group and improve the quality of life in the case of patients who have chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease or cancer.
“High blood pressure, triglycerides, LDA level, cholesterol, smoking and genes are the predisposing factors for CVD. My attempt is to control these by changing lifestyle and helping people to become more conscious of their diet,” says Dr Renuka.
Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood and too much of this type of fat may raise the risk of coronary artery disease, especially in women. “We have to make a little change in our lifestyle rather than lead a diseased life. I have launched initiatives to prevent CVD, diabetes mellitus and hypertension through Youtube,” Dr Renuka adds.
Whatever be the kind of disease, one should pay attention to the genetic inclination too. If, for instance, both parents or either one of them have a chronic disease like diabetes or cancer, one should exercise caution and take steps to modify lifestyles.
In 2004, one of her patients, Neerja Mallik who had seen 13 cases of cancers in her family, lightheartedly wondered with her two cousins who among the three would be the next victim.
Unfortunately, she later developed cancer. “Breast cancer, colon and blood related cancers are connected to the genes,” she added. Dr Renuka is instrumental in organising a radiant wellness conclave in the city from August 22 – 29 here to create awareness on a healthy lifestyle and the importance of corrective steps to prevent lifestyle diseases.