By Dr. Shikha Sharma
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Inactivity at Home due to Lockdown, can leads to various Diseases

As we all know the current ongoing scenario of the rapid spread of novel coronavirus in India and all over the world, that we are in a state of lockdown in our homes, to ensure that we are safe and to prevent a mass outbreak.

During this self-isolation period, there can be some good things also, like spending time with family, some self-care and learning new things. But there can be some issues that could rise in this period or start showing symptoms. Let’s have a look at them:

  1. Seasonal allergies
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Type 2 Diabetes
  4. Cholesterol
  5. Mental health issues

Now, let’s know about them in detail:

  1. Seasonal allergies: Change in season can lead to various disorders or viral infections especially for those who are vulnerable to allergies and respiratory problems. Symptoms that could be identified as watering eyes, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itching, etc. As nowadays we are mostly indoors and some of the allergens can be seen in our homes such as mold from moist surfaces, pet hair and saliva, dust from carpets, curtains, mattresses, and others. If you are experiencing any, for now, try to keep your surroundings clean and avoid mucus-forming foods such as curd, ice creams, milk, and cheese, etc.
  2. High blood pressure: Due to a sedentary lifestyle in general and physical inactivity during this period one can experience or worsen the symptoms of high blood pressure which are headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, flushing, dizziness, chest pain, visual changes, blood in the urine, etc. If you are already diagnosed then monitor your blood pressure and include some sort of physical activity at home, take your medications on time avoid sodium in your diet.
  3. Type 2 Diabetes: Types 2 diabetes patients should take special care of themselves as lack of physical activity can lead to high blood sugar levels thus triggering symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, bladder infections or trouble emptying your bladder, Slow healing of wounds, tingling, numbness, etc. For maintaining your blood sugar one should eat small meals with complex carbohydrates (wholegrain, brown rice, legumes) and soluble fiber-rich diet (oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils) and also 30-45 minutes of daily physical activity.
  4. Cholesterol: If you have high blood cholesterol levels then this lockdown you should be extra careful as it could lead to the beginning of various heart health issues, diabetes and high blood pressure also so proper care is required .few things should be remembered to avoid fried snacks replace then with baked snacks, increase your fiber intake and utilize this time start with your fitness regime.
  5. Mental health issues: This lockdown is for our benefit but during this period some might find it difficult and isolating that can affect their mental health in a negative way, they can experience symptoms such as fear, sadness, numbness, insomnia, confusion, anger, post-traumatic stress symptoms, depressive symptoms, low mood, stress, emotional disturbance, irritability. If you are experiencing any of these then, for now, you should try to follow your normal routine, avoid obsessing over endless coronavirus coverage, declutter your home and indulge in your hobbies and try to improve your health this lock down-stay safe.

Treat the disease not the symptom with a Healthy Diet!  

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