Regular health check-up essential for people with comorbidities, warn doctors

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Pune (NVI): Doctors are urging patients who fall into the high-risk category irrespective of their age to go for regular health check-ups after every 3 month as they can be prone to coronavirus and other infections. Not only this, such people should embrace a healthy lifestyle by following a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and stay stress-free.

People with multiple comorbidities that can be present in the form of physical and mental conditions can contract a plethora of allergies and infections. They are often prone to catching diseases faster when compared to healthy people. While the Indian government has taken stringent measures such as nationwide lockdown and Covid protocols like masking, social distancing, and sanitizing the hands to break the transmission of the disease, the virus still continues to haunt us.

Dr Mukesh Budhwani, General Physician Apollo Clinic Pune said that elderly people and adults with comorbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, kidney disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are at a higher risk of contracting Covid infection. Other health issues kidney or lung failure or liver damage may also arise if people with comorbidities neglect their health.

“They will have to take good care of themselves in order to stay hale and hearty, improve the quality of life, and reduce morbidity and mortality rates. People with comorbidities have low immunity. It is the need of the hour for comorbid patients to go for regular health checks and stay hale and hearty,” he added.

Meanwhile Dr Prerna Agarwal, Technical operations, Apollo Diagnostics said that ones with comorbidities can opt for blood tests recommended by the doctor.

She said do fasting blood sugar test, check weight, uric acids levels, hemogram, kidney, liver function test, lipid profile, sonography for fatty liver, obesity and keep a tab on your blood pressure levels.

“Those suffering from mental conditions should stay in touch with their mental healthcare professionals. Apart from regular health check-ups people having comorbidities should stick to healthy eating. Try to incorporate all the essential nutrients into the diet. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, pulses, whole grains, and beans,” she said.

She further said, “Say no to smoking, drinking, processed, oily, spicy, and junk food. Exercise 5 days a week, do yoga and meditation to de-stress, get a good night’s sleep and don’t skip your medication or self-medicate. Stay in touch with your doctor on a regular basis and don’t hesitate to seek prompt treatment in case your condition worsens amid pandemic.”