Pune: City-based Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) launched a new Obesity Clinic to cater to obesity disease patients. Around 40 per cent population in India suffers from blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and other major diseases that arise due, to or related to, increaseing obesity.
Dr Ajay Chandanwale, Dean, SGH and BJ General Medical College (BJGMC) inaugurated the clinic on Thursday. “The Obesity Clinic will be available to patients every Wednesday from 2 pm to 4 pm in OPD room number 60 in SGH. Obesity is a lifestyle disease. Many non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, malignancies, migraine, metabolic syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), depression, sleep apnea, acid peptic disease, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are associated with obesity. In India, 40 per cent population suffers from obesity and related diseases,” said Dr Chandanwale.
The main objective of the clinic is to screen patients for obesity based on height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI), waist and hip circumference ratio and clinical examination. Patients detected for obesity will be evaluated for biochemical tests and counselling for lifestyle modification in diet and physical exercise. Patients having BMI above 40 will be advised for bariatric surgery in SGH.
Preventive team approach of physicians, preventive medicine expert, physiologist, surgeon, physiotherapist and dietician will be available for patients at the clinic. Dr Murlidhar Tambe, Dr Sushmita Bhattacharya, Dr Shashikala Sangle, Dr Ajay Taware, Dr Vasudha Sardesai, Dr Rahul Rathod, Dr Somnath Salgar and Dr Prachi Kulkarni were present for the inauguration of the clinic.