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KOCHI: The change in active lifestyle caused by the pandemic has led to serious health problems for many people. The effects of the virus can also be felt by those who have not contracted it, as fitness programs and training plans have been in a tailspin.
According to experts, heart and liver problems are to some extent directly related to lifestyle changes caused by the pandemic.
The reduction in physical activity and drastic changes in normal daily routines over the past year that redefine leisure, social activity, and education have severely affected us all, mentally and physically. Doctors say these have also led to irregular eating habits and increased drug consumption in many people.
Serious medical conditions such as heart and liver complications, high blood pressure, and diabetes are associated with lifestyle changes. “During the pandemic, we met many early-stage hypertension and diabetes patients, some of them only in their thirties. Several cases of heart problems were also observed during this period. If a balanced diet and a balanced exercise program are not followed, it would be worse for the patients in the future, ”said a cardiologist from Alappuzha.
“The lack of physical activity has affected people more than anyone can imagine. Those who exercise and other sports on a daily basis are now slowly becoming addicted to drugs and smoking that were not previously part of their lives. At least some focus on daily physical exercises and group activities that will take them away from bad habits. The lockdown has seriously affected their health with irregular sleep, changed eating habits, and sometimes even depression. Many cases of heart, liver and lung damage have been reported regardless of age group, ”said Dr. Joseph MA, senior physiotherapist in Kochi.
“Many are frustrated because they are unable to return to life as they used to. The important thing is that they advance step by step, ”said Joseph.