Hyderabad: A lifestyle health clinic with special focus on addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) was launched at Community Health Centre at Masjid Ishaq in NS Kunta, Old City. The clinic has two dedicated dieticians and two counsellors, under the guidance of dedicated woman doctor to provide counselling on lifestyle related changes that need to be adopted by patients with high risk NCDs.
Being managed by voluntary organisation, Helping Hand Foundation (HHF) and SEED, USA, the lifestyle clinic evaluates patients based on their age, sex, height, weight, waist line, family history of disease, exposure to tobacco and other substance abuse if any, on a scale of 10. Patients with a score of above 4 are marked red and are referred to the doctor for consultation and counseling for lifestyle changes.
The main focus of dietician and counselors is teaching patients about weight loss by diet control and physical activity. Patients are shown various physical workouts including Yoga Asanas that are practically possible to be taken up in slum settlements.
So far, based on the data of 600 patients who have received treatment at the facility, nearly 70 per cent of women are obese and have a BMI of more than 30 and half of these women are already suffering from diabetes, hypertension and some with cardio vascular disease.
“Within a span of one month, ten women have already lost 2 kg of weight and this is an encouraging sign. Each patient is asked to come back for review every four weeks after registering at the clinic,” said the HHF founder, Mujtaba Hasan Askari.