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‘Regular BP examination vital for those above 40 yrs of age’ Nutrition dept holds 1st Ramadan exhibition

KUWAIT CITY, June 20: Head of West Hawally Clinic Dr Mona Al-Sarafi stressed the importance of regular examination of blood pressure for those above 40 years of age, reports Al-Rai daily. In a lecture organized by the clinic on diseases affecting blood pressure, she explained that several factors such as obesity, diabetes and smoking can cause disorders in the blood pressure, which can in turn lead to problems such as failure of kidneys and other organs.

She warned against consumption of food with high sodium content and lack of physical exercise, stressing that those suffering from high blood pressure will be unaware about the problem until it is too late. She insisted that those who are aware about their high blood pressure should not avoid taking medicines over fear of its side effects, adding that youths who suffer from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and clinical obesity as well as those with sedentary lifestyle are prone to suffer from high blood pressure.

Dr Al-Sarafi explained that medicines containing chemicals such as cortisone, as well as medicines that treat influenza can also lead to high blood pressure. She affirmed the need for people to follow a healthy lifestyle through balanced healthy diet, proper physical exercise and good sleeping habit. Meanwhile, the Nutrition and Food Department of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital organized the first Ramadan Exhibition on Thursday under the patronage and in the presence of the Director of Hawally Health Zone Dr Abdulaziz Al-Farhoud and Director of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital Dr Hassan Al-Dousari. During the inaugural ceremony, the Head of Nutrition and Food Department Dahiya Al-Harbi explained that the aim of the exhibition is to create public awareness about following a healthy diet during Ramadan. She revealed that about 180-200 people visit the nutrition clinics of the hospital every week.

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