Arthritis affects nearly 180 million Indians,roughly 15 per cent of the total population and is one of the most common ailments in the country,beating common diseases like diabetes,hypertension,cancer and HIV,said Manuj Wadhwa,Joint Replacement Director of Max Super Speciality Hospital,while interacting with patients during a week-long program to create awareness on arthritis.
Wadhwa said there are around 30 lakh arthritis patients in Punjab and the cases were increasing rapidly. Around 5 lakh of these patients were at an advanced stage and required surgery. He added obesity,coupled with sedentary lifestyles,had made Punjabis vulnerable to arthritis.
Punjabis must think twice before relishing greasy paranthas,makhan and ghee. These add extra pounds around the waist and add to the pain one feels while squatting or sitting, said Wadhwa. Higher levels of stress and modern lifestyles were increasing incidence of arthritis among the youth,said Wadhwa.
He emphasised on adopting a physically active lifestyle and striking a balance between activity and rest to combat such diseases. Exercises such as riding a bike and swimming keep the heart healthy,Wadhwa said.