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“I have a cold, I should see a doctor”, “My left leg aches during the night, I should see a doctor”, “My left eye’s vision is blurred, I should see a doctor”….. the occasions might be different, but every time we feel we are going down with some or the other illness, it’s the Doctor we run to see!

But who’s seeing to the doctors?!

In a study conducted by the IMA’s(Indian Medical Association)Pune Chapter, it was found that the Indian doctors life span is only 55-59 years of age! An astounding 10 years less than the average life span of the general population in India! So what’s killing our doctors?

A sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, work pressure and stress are the culprits! Doctors, these days are found working long hours often juggling their own clinics along with their duties at hospitals. These balancing acts is creating stress and putting them under pressure, add a sedentary lifestyle to the mix and what you have is a potent recipe for disaster! A sedentary lifestyle is responsible for obesity and heart ailments amongst other things, a fact verified by statistics which single out cardiac arrest as the number one factor for causing deaths amongst Indian doctors.

Lack of activity compounded by a lack of exercise is leading to an alarming rise in the number of Indian doctors found suffering from various ailments. So the next time you visit your doctor for a health check up, ask him to get one for himself too!

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When innocence, curiosity and the simple joys of young lives are replaced by stress, depression and other negative factors alike, what you are left with is a spate of suicides, with no end in view! 

The recent ‘Epidemic’ of student suicides has hit the city with more force than a Tsunami! An alarming rise in the number of stress related suicide cases amongst young students all over the country has given rise to some very pertinent questions. Questions such as ‘Who is responsible for this fatal stress build up in students? The parents or the education system?, ‘Is it high time that the education system itself is revamped?’, ‘Are movies like 3 idiots really responsible for such suicides?’ etc…

Given the emphasis on the rote learning nature of our education system, many students are simply unable to cope up. However the ‘No Mercy’ mindset adopted by the parents and society alike towards academic failure has done nothing but add to the ever increasing mountain of stress for the students.

This stress coupled with the depression of not being able to meet the heightened expectations of parents, peers and themselves too, many students are giving up! Young minds which are not conditioned to deal with such stress and depression are bound to break down, the result of which is for all of us to see.

Exploring the views of those directly affected, a leading daily conducted a survey which reported that while 71% of the student community blamed pressure and competition, 62% blamed parental expectation and pressure, surprisingly 27 %, a very small percentage of those interviewed found the education system alone to be at fault.  A mere 3% agreed with movies being the reason behind these suicides!

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