With diabetes and heart diseases in the South Asian diaspora reaching epidemic proportions, several organizations and individuals are doing their bit to raise awareness and help individuals avoid an untimely death or a terrible quality of life.
South Asian Heart Health Group –a not-for-profit organization is striving to change the South Asian lifestyle which is contributing to an epidemic of cardiac disease and diabetes.
On July 18th, they will be holding a Health Fair at the Cedarbrae Community Centre in Scarborough. Between 11 am and 3 pm there will be a number of medical experts who will talk about heart disease and food habits.
Yoga demonstration will be held to show how to reduce stress level. Lunch, entertainment, door prizes and free parking provided. This health fair is an integral way in which we can come together as a South Asian community.
The rate is a lot higher than their Caucasian counterparts. “Our findings emphasize the need to develop a standardized surveillance system for non-communicable disease such as CVD (Cardiao Vascular Disease)” says Dr Sonia Anand, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University. To understand the risk of heart disease in the target population, the researcher looked at data of 50 studies conducted in Canada over several decades covering about sixty lakh people.
South Asians carry the infamous tag of having the largest number of heart and diabetic patients in Ontario. Obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, everyday stress and bad food habits contribute to these diseases among South Asians, outlines Dr.Harpreet Bajaj.