Statistics from a city-based institute show that there was a rise in the number of hypertension cases last year compared to 2022. Over a 24.1 per cent increase in hypertension cases was observed, highlighting the need for mitigating a healthy lifestyle to reduce such incidents.

In the January-December 2022 period, the Jindal Naturecure Institute received 3,165 patients suffering from hypertension, while the number increased to 3,928 from January-December 2023, marking a substantial surge of approximately 24.1 per cent. This increase was observed consistently across both male and female patients.

Also, in the past year, the institute treated a total of 4,111 diabetes patients, with 2,465 being males and 1,646 females. The age range spanned from a minimum of 30 to a maximum of 79 years.

Dr Babina NM, Chief Medical Officer of Jindal Naturecure Institute, said, “Hypertension cases were predominantly observed among individuals aged 30-80 years, with males accounting for 47.7 per cent and females for 52.3 per cent of the cases, according to our data. Unfortunately, hypertension control programmes in India often receive inadequate attention, funding, and prioritisation.

Strengthening these programmes should be an integral part of India’s journey towards achieving universal health coverage. Embracing a healthy lifestyle is paramount to mitigating the risks of hypertension and diabetes. This includes incorporating regular physical activity, maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and minimising salt and sugar intake.”

The World Health Organisation highlights the critical impact of hypertension on mortality and disability in India. The 2019–2020 National Family Health Survey reported a prevalence of 24 per cent in men and 21 per cent in women, emphasising the need for increased awareness and management.

Dr Babina added, “Quitting alcohol, managing stress effectively, and prioritising regular health check-ups are also essential for early detection and management of these conditions. By adopting these strategies, individuals can safeguard their health and pave the way for a happier and healthier future.”

Furthermore, a staggering 11.4 per cent of India’s population, equivalent to 101 million people, are living with diabetes, and an additional 136 million people are pre-diabetic.

Dr Babina said, “Prevention is the need of the hour, especially with the rising incidences of non-communicable diseases in India. Everyone has witnessed the impact of leading a healthy lifestyle on our well-being during Covid. We actively advocate for preventive measures, patient education, and the overall well-being of each individual through Naturopathy treatment.”