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Diseases That Requires Your Utmost Attention - Edelweiss General Insurance Blogs

21st November 2018 8min read 434 views

With every passing year, the list of deadly diseases keeps growing, leaving its victims both physically and financially impaired. While many of these diseases have been controlled through research and treatments, some of them continue to stir havoc.

Today, even though the healthcare industry has progressed rapidly, there is still scope for improvement when it comes to creating awareness and tackling the rise of critical illnesses in India.

Here’s a quick look at some of the diseases that are crippling our country and what we can do to battle them:

1. Cardiovascular Diseases:

Did you know that cardiovascular diseases have emerged as the leading cause of death in India? According to research conducted by the Public Health Foundation of India, it has been reported that CVDs are more prevalent in urban areas.

How to prevent them:

  • Include a balanced diet that consists of all nutrients required by your body.
  • Do not smoke. If you can’t avoid it completely, at least try and cut down your intake.
  • Stay fit by keeping your body active through the day.

2. Respiratory Diseases:

As reported by the Economic Times, at least 7% deaths in our country are caused due to respiratory problems. This is primarily caused by pollution, allergens and smoking.

How to prevent them:

  • Quit smoking and take preventive measures to avoid any second-hand smoke (SHS).
  • Exercise regularly. This will help keep your lungs pumped and active.
  • Embrace a clean and green environment.
  • Consider using air purifiers at home.

3. Thyroid Disorders:

Surprisingly, this is one of the most common endocrine diseases prevalent in our country. According to a recent report by DNA India, around 40 million people suffer from this problem, of which 60% are women.

How to prevent them:

  • Include Vitamin D in your diet. It serves as a strong modulator of your immune system.
  • Steer clear of any toxic chemicals found in food and air.

4. Tumours:

Tumours are a small group of abnormal cells that form lumps and have the tendency to grow quickly. Malignant tumours multiply much faster and can quickly result in death. According to the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, over 5 lakh people die of tumour related diseases that usually result from chemical or toxic compound exposure, genetics, and ionizing radiation.

How to prevent them:

  • Eating chocolates can help detoxify your system and prevent skin cancer.
  • Consume veggies like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli – they help lower risk of kidney cancer.
  • Cut down on sugary drinks to avoid the risk of endometrial cancer.
  • Include garlic in your diet as it contains cancer fighting elements.

5. Tropical Diseases:

Two diseases falling under this category, namely malaria and dengue, have been a major cause of death in the country. The World Health Organisation (WHO) currently estimates 15,000 deaths per year in India, caused by malaria alone.

How to prevent them:

  • Keep your home environment clean.
  • Use mosquito nets wherever possible.
  • Stay away from stagnant water as it acts as breeding ground for mosquitoes.

While it is extremely important to be well aware of such diseases, simply knowing their names isn’t enough. You have to understand the seriousness attached to it and the medical expenses that follow. While leading a healthy lifestyle can help prevent these diseases, there isn’t a way to completely stop them from standing in your way.

That’s why you need to get yourself a good health insurance policy that offers benefits like regular check-ups, cashless hospitalisation services and also provides cover for treatment that is required to deal with a specific illness. Apart from protecting you against the financial disruption that comes with suffering from an illness, health insurance also provides you and your loved ones with peace of mind. So, stay safe, live healthy, and most importantly, get yourself insured.

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