Diabetes and Hypertension are on the rise – even in Nepal and especially in remote villages. And in Nepal these two diseases are within the top 5 diseases that Nepali die from. Carbohydrate loaded meals, processed foods, unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, too much salt in the diet, less exercise, too much drinking and smoking just to name some of the causes for these diseases.
On our initial evaluation trip to the remote villages in Maimajhuwa, Prangbung and Memeng in February/ March 2016 we offered free screening for diabetes for the age group of 40+, pregnant women and people at high risk and blood pressure checks for everyone. Some villagers were already diagnosed with diabetes and/ or hypertension; some are taking their medicine – some don’t; some know a little bit about managing their disease – some don’t. Unfortunately we also found additionally an average of 10 people per village with higher blood glucose reading and about 25 people with high blood pressure readings. But the issue is not mainly obesity as it is in many Western countries. On our follow up visit in February 2017 we brought a doctor and a mobile laboratory for proper diagnosis. We had a good follow up and some villagers got medicine to treat high blood pressure in addition to education. The number of real diabetic patients was very small, however the ones already diagnosed with this disease are mostly not really controlling their disease. So far we provided almost 1000 free checks and we were able to visit very remote wards within the villages.
Many times these diseases will not be discovered. Even until now the villagers have never been tested before, because there is no possibility to take a quick blood glucose reading at the local health post. In order to go to a proper doctor (not even a real diabetes specialist) or to get blood work done, the villagers need to spent a lot of money (jeep ride, doctor fees, blood screening, accommodation and food) and time to get to the next bigger city. They might be not able to afford this trip or the necessary medicine. Money is just something they don’t really have much. So people decide not to go and the disease might never be treated. They might be in pain, they might have complications and they might die early as a result of no proper treatment or even diagnosis.
There are a lot of things to do, and with each visit we will be hopefully able to make a difference.
Our GOALS are:
As Yoga goes hand in hand with health, bringing Yoga to the villages is a goal on its own. Yoga has so many health benefits that people just don’t know. Initially benefits like improving their flexibility, getting stronger, loosing weight, quieting the mind come to everyone’s mind. But asanas (yoga poses), pranayama (breathing) techniques and meditation can do so much more. It helps with the management and improvement of so many common diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, depression and so on. (Check out this great article for more information on the benefits of yoga: https://www.fitandme.com/benefits-of-yoga/)
By bringing Yoga to the villages we want to reach the following GOALS:
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