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‘Gastro disorders are now lifestyle diseases’

When we talk of lifestyle diseases,we focus on the heart and diabetes,but with gastrointestinal disorders on the rise...

“When we talk of lifestyle diseases,we focus on the heart and diabetes,but with gastrointestinal disorders on the rise,these are certainly becoming lifestyle maladies,” said Dr Narottam Puri,president,Medical Strategy and Quality,Fortis Healthcare Limited.

Dr Puri,who has a long and illustrious career as a sports analyst,was speaking at a Continuing Medical Education (CME) session on ‘Nutritional Trends in Gastrointestinal Disorders’ organised by The Clinical Nutrition Forum at Fortis Hospital here on Monday.

The CME was attended by experts from the field of nutrition,dietetics and surgery to discuss the nutritional aspect of gastrointestinal disorders.

Elaborating further on the personalisation of diet patterns,Dr Puri,who is credited with starting a systematic medical education development programme,said: “The need of the hour is not to completely eliminate certain foods from our diet,but eating the right food in the right proportion. Hospitals should focus on personalising the patients’ diets.”

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The chief guest,Ishi Khosla,director of Wholefoods and former nutritionist,Escorts Hospital,Delhi,said: “Gastric problems are very common these days not only in adults but increasingly so in children. Obesity is becoming a big issue in a country like India. Cases of food allergies are also on the rise. The problem is in the interplay of genes and environment.”

Outlining the causes of gastric problems,Khosla said: “We are pre-disposed to cardiac diseases due to which we are prone to certain diseases. This has been further aggravated by the lifestyle changes and our preference towards ready to eat meals and commercial food.”

She also spoke on celiac disorders. “Another major problem is celiac diseases. It basically refers to protein and wheat intolerance which,if not diagnosed in time,leads to cancer. Earlier it was mostly confined to Western countries but now it has started affecting Indians.”


Sonia Gandhi,organising secretary,Clinical Nutrition Forum and the chief dietitian at Fortis Hospital,spoke extensively on pro-biotic and pre-biotic foods.

Rupali Dutta,president of Clinical Nutrition Forum and chief dietician,Fortis Hospital,Vasant Kunj,New Delhi,also spoke on the occasion.

First published on: 04-08-2009 at 02:47 IST
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