LETTERS: Change lifestyle

It is said that health is wealth and is applicable to all age groups. For this, people need to be cautious about their health. However, more people, especially in the urban areas, are found suffering from non-communicable diseases such as heart, hypertension, diabetic and cancer related diseases due to change in their lifestyle. Among them, diabetes has been more worrisome these days in Nepal. The number of diabetic patients has increased significantly these days as reported in “Healthy lifestyle, balanced diet a must to prevent diabetes, say doctors” (THT, November 14, Page 2).

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes and lower limb amputation. Surprisingly, young people below the age of 30 years have been found suffering from this disease in the recent days. The reason behind this could be less physical activities, stress, obesity and intake of junk food. The Nepal Diabetes Association reported diabetes affects approximately 15% of people of 20 years and above and 19 % of people of 40 and above years of age in urban areas. In Nepal, World Diabetes Day (WDD) with the theme “Women and Diabetes” was also observed on November 14 with various programmes.

Rai Biren Bangdel, Maharajgunj

Autobiography

I am writing this in reference to the news article “Lal Babu Pandit releases his autobiography”-”struggle to change Singhadurbar”. I am very eager to read this book which entails the political anecdote of Nepal to which the veteran politician Lal Babu Pandit has great truck with. From what little I know about his political career is that he is the only politician of Nepal who had been struggling to pass a bill to prohibit public servants from seeking residency in foreign nations. This issue raises host of arguments. However, as a communist leader it was his sheer logical position to have political nature of that kind. I find many communist nations in the world compelling their citizens to serve their country being a soldier for certain years. And in the largest democracy like America a man who was not born in America is not entitled to go for being a candidate for presidency.

This is how the world works. So I am not opposing how Lal Babu Pandit took a hard line approach when it came to dealing with the aforementioned issue. I hope his autobiography may be fruitful and a replica of political hope for the nation.

Shiva Neupane, Melbourne