Health and Longevity for All

  • Khin Maung Oo
  • Of all human beings in this world, most people, young or old, tend to carelessly live, without considering our outer appearances deeply. Due to various reasons—having a pile of workload or daily rituals at homes or working places, lack of concentration to ponder about their all-time physical changes in their bodies and inability to pay for present day’s skyrocketing medical charges, here I want to claim that we fail to notice that our internal organs are gradually deteriorating day by day.
    And, in our body system comprising of the Four Elements—earth, air, fire and water, we are inclined to regard it as unimportant, and that regardless of ages we are likely to lose our lives in case one of the four is not in harmony with our body system. Only when we have reached the state of critical condition that we try to rush to medical surgeons and physicians. Generally, we know that deterioration will lead us to destruction or cessation of life. But, there are many cases of impermanence we do not know. An average life-span of a human-being may be 75 years, but it is a sorrowful thing for a person to have died young or earlier.
    Management to have a long life is the best reward. According to WHO’s (World Health Organization) 2014 report, 59% of the deceased in Myanmar died of new disease (un-infectious), with 30% of the remaining 41% dead of contagious diseases and 11% dead from car accidents.
    Apart from deaths due to old age in Myanmar, others regardless of ages and classes died from un-infectious diseases and accidents caused by man.
    What I mean is that we need to notice new or un-infectious diseases which claim 59% of the whole populace. Among them, 3% died of diabetes and sugar urine disease, 9% of chronic lung and suffocation diseases—asphyxia or asphyxiation, 11% of cancers, 25% of hypertension and coronary heart disease. The last one was found at the top. Thus, we must take care of it, the silent killer or un-infectious diseases which can claim our lives anytime and anywhere. If our blood pressure reached 140/90, it may be because of hypertension.
    As we advance in age we need to take extra care of our diet, especially so as not to take salty foods, fats, cigarettes and liquors.
    Patients suffering from diabetes, obesity, renal disease and pregnant women are required to take some medication.
    Last but not least, we should live on a carefully managed diet, take sufficient physical exercises and reduce our stress so that we can keep away from the silent killer.
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