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25th February 2017
 
Move Move and Move: IMA Campaign to control NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are a major cause of premature and preventable deaths worldwide. According to a WHO Global Survey Report "Assessing National Capacity for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases Global Survey 2015", NCDs currently account for almost 70% of global deaths; majority of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. India too is not untouched by this. Due to rapid urbanization, India is experiencing an epidemiological transition moving away from a predominantly communicable or infectious to a predominantly non communicable disease pattern. 

Along with tobacco, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diet, physical inactivity has been implicated in NCDs as a major risk factor. All these are behavioral risk factors and are modifiable through lifestyle changes. 

Modern and advanced technology has certainly made life easy and convenient for us - online shopping, online payments, accessing information, etc., all of which can be done from the comfort of our homes. But, has technology really made our life better? What it has also done is change our lifestyle pattern at the cost of health; we are less physically active now - sitting at a desk for a long time working on the computer, using social media on smartphones, watching TV or sitting in a meeting, all these activities promote sedentary behavior.
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Women with demanding jobs are 40% more at risk of heart attack, stroke

Women worried about losing their jobs had higher blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight, all major risk factors for heart diseases.

 New Delhi, Feb 24, 2017: Women who work in high-strain jobs have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and bypass surgery than women whose work in less strenuous environments. 
 
Womens Health Study involving over 17,000 participants and spanning over 10 years of data has shown that women with demanding jobs are 40% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Stressful positions were defined as those with demanding tasks and little authority or creativity. Women with demanding jobs and little control over how to do them were nearly twice as likely to have suffered a heart attack as women with less demanding jobs and more control.
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