“Drastic lifestyle changes in today’s generation has reduced the life expectancy of the youth,” said B M Hegde, former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University. He was speaking at a national seminar on ‘Lifestyle Diseases - Causes and Prevention’ at D G Vaishnav College. He described certain practices of youngsters – addiction to technology, irregular sleeping habits, prolonged usage of computers, cell phones and TV, smoking and drinking – and said that they resulted in increased lifestyle diseases.
According to Hegde, these lifestyle changes made a person prone to various lifestyle diseases like cancer and heart diseases even at very young age. But he also added that these diseases might be preventable by changing practices, specifically quitting tobacco and alcohol.
“Lifestyle diseases grow are at alarming rate (among youth) mostly because of their practices. Even at this young age, they are prone depression and stress,” he said.
Organised by the Department of Life Sciences, the one-day seminar had various scholars and doctors from the field of medicine discussing the cause, prevention and control of lifestyle diseases through data.
The organisers also intend to encourage students to take up serious research projects on lifestyle diseases like cancer and heart diseases.