JAMMU, Jan 29: Exhort-ing the common populace to adhere with heart healthy diet in order to mitigate the sufferings in heart milieu, Dr. Sushil Sharma, HoD Cardiology, GMC Jammu today held a day long camp in the precincts of Shri Bawa Kailakhnath Ji Mandir, Bantalab.
While interacting with the patients, Dr. Sushil said a healthy diet is the best weapon to fight cardiovascular disease. “It’s not as hard as we may think. It’s the overall pattern of our choices that matters. Being mindful towards ones eating schedule is an ideal way to ward away catena of ailments regarding human body,” he said.
Moreover, he stressed on to choose a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups. “One may be eating plenty of food, but our body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have minerals, protein, whole grains and other nutrients but are lower in calories. They may help in maintaining proper weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.”
He advised to limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweet and sugar coated beverages. “Replace saturated fat and trans fat with the better fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. If we need to lower our blood cholesterol, reduce saturated fat to no more than 5 to 6 percent of total calories. For someone eating 2,000 calories a day, that’s about 13 grams of saturated fat. Similarly, choose foods with less sodium and prepare foods with little or no salt.
“For packaged food items, Dr. Sushil said it is advisable to Read Nutrition Facts Label carefully – the Nutrition Facts panel tells us the amount of healthy and unhealthy nutrients in a food or beverage.
Pertinent to mention here that about 200 people were examined during the camp and free medicines were distributed as per the need.
Others who were instrumental in this noble endeavour includes Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor and Dr Anitipal Singh. Paramedics and volunteers include Kamal Sharma, Kashmiri Lal, Raghav Rajput, Gorav Sharma, Vikas Sabharwal, Ankush Kohli, Sunny Jalotria, Suresh Sharma, Aman Gupta , Rajkumar, Rajeev Vohra and Vikas Kumar.