Friday 30 October, 2020

Endocrinologist: People neglecting health during COVID-19 pandemic

People have been putting their health on the back burner for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s according to Dr Joel Teelucksingh, Consultant Endocrinologist at the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).

Dr Teelucksingh was speaking at the Ministry of Health’s virtual media conference on Wednesday.

He said while many have stayed home to stay safe, they have failed to prioritise their health and this has led to a rise in non-communicable diseases.

Dr Teelucksingh said people may have been afraid to go to the doctor and exercising outdoors for fear of contracting COVID-19 but poor diets and sedentary lifestyles and little exercise, have led to poor management of chronic illnesses.

He noted that illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol, not only increase the risk of cardiovascular disease but also make patients more susceptible to severe COVID-19 infection.

“Many patients with chronic problems like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease have reduced immunity. That puts them at a risk for pneumonia, lung failure and death. So, septic shock and multi-organ failure.”

Dr Teelucksingh stressed the importance of proper diet and exercise will stave off these NCDs and control chronic illnesses.

He urged citizens, however, to continue to avoid close contact settings, crowded areas and closed spaces to lower the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

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