Diet and lifestyle are major factors to influence susceptibility to many diseases. The shift in purchasing power and the coming in of technology has changed our way of living. Less physical activity, more availability of resources and no time to spare, we have become preys to some extremely uncommon diseases called “Lifestyle diseases”.


They are defined as diseases linked with the way people live their life and their inappropriate relationship with their environment. The onset of these lifestyle diseases is insidious, they take years to develop, and once encountered do not lend themselves easily to cure.


Since lifestyle diseases are diseases that are a result of the lifestyle choices that we make, contributing factors are closely related.


 Bad diet options


 Lack of adequate exercise


 Poor posture


 Disruption in biological clock


 Poor lifestyle choices


 Environmental conditions – occupational lifestyle diseases


Some of the common diseases encountered because of occupational lifestyle are:


 Alzheimer’s disease


 Arteriosclerosis


 Cancer


 Chronic liver disease/cirrhosis


 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


 Diabetes & hypertension


 Heart disease & stroke


 Nephritis/CRF


There is corroborative evidence that diet and lifestyle is playing a major role in predisposition to various diseases like cancer. Peoples’ diet changed with time with increase in consumption of meat, dairy products, vegetable oils, fruit juice, and alcoholic beverages, and decrease in consumption of starchy staple foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, and maize flour. Diets high in animal products, fat, and sugar resulted in high rates of cancer of the colorectum, breast, prostate, endometrium, and lungs than diet based on one or two starchy staple foods, with low intakes of animal products, fat. These observations suggest that the diet [or lifestyle] of different populations might partly determine their rates of cancer.
While our lifestyles have become more convenient, there certainly is nothing classy about lifestyle diseases. We pay a high price for our press-of-a-button lifestyles. Eventually, we may need to take a step back and relearn how to lead physically active lives, and, in turn, disease-free lives.


In the 1970s it was noted that people in many western countries had diets high in animal products, fat, and sugar, and high rates of cancer of the colorectum, breast, prostate, endometrium, and lung; by contrast, individuals in developing countries usually had diet which were based on one or two starchy staple foods, with low intakes of animal products, fat, and sugar, and low rates of these cancers. These observations suggest that the diet [or lifestyle] of different populations might partly determine their rates of cancer.


A healthy lifestyle must be adopted to combat these diseases with a proper balanced diet, physical activity and by giving due respect to biological clock. The good thing about lifestyle diseases is that if we do something about them, it is possible to reverse the condition. Listed below are some things that you can do to prevent lifestyle diseases.

• Eat a healthy diet


• Engage in moderate exercise (30 minutes every day)


• Sit and stand in the right postures


• Avoid foods that are high in fats, salt, sugar and refined products.


We may conclude that early to bed and early to rise with emphasis on moderate physical labor, supported by fresh and easily digestible food should be the motto to lead a healthy, peaceful life with no disease.

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Lifestyle disease is a disease associated with the way a person or group of people lives. Lifestyle diseases include atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke; obesity and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, nephritis/CRF, and stroke and diseases associated with smoking and alcohol and drug abuse.

Several lines of evidence indicate that realistic modifications of diet and lifestyle can prevent most cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, colon cancer, and smoking-related cancers, let’s know how.


Eat a Healthy Diet & live healthy life.

No specific dietary intakes are recommended for the prevention of chronic diseases. There is, however, a “safe range” of dietary intakes that is advised to maintain general health.
Replace saturated and Trans fats with unsaturated fats, including sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease .Intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are suboptimal in many populations, particularly if fish intake is low and the primary oils (partially hydrogenated soybean, corn, sunflower, or palm oil etc )consumed are low in omega-3 fatty acids. In that case people should intake other source of omega-3 rich food that is flaxseeds, walnut, roasted soybean etc.

Trans fatty acids produced by the partial hydrogenation of vegetable oils have uniquely adverse effects on blood lipids. Cardiovascular disease risk are considerably more adverse for trans-fat than for saturated fat. Vegetable ghee, which has largely replaced traditional ghee, contains approximately 50 percent Trans fatty acids. Independent of other risk factors, higher intakes of Trans fat and lower intakes of polyunsaturated fat increase risk of type 2 diabetes also. So choose your fats & oil very carefully. Cold pressed veg oils are healthy.

Total fat intake should be not be more than 20 percent of total calorie.

Ensure generous consumption of fruits and vegetables and adequate folic acid intake. Strong evidence indicates that high intakes of fruits and vegetables will reduce the risk of cancers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes etc. Substantial evidence also suggests that low folic acid intake is associated with greater risk of colon and possibly breast cancer and that use of multiple vitamins containing folic acid reduces the risk of these cancer.
Regular at least two no. of seasonal fruits & 3 servings of seasonal vegetable intake necessary for maintaining general health.

Consume cereal products in their whole-grain, high-fiber form. Consuming grains in a whole-grain, high-fiber form has double benefits. First, consumption of fiber from cereal products has consistently been associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, certain type of cancers and type 2 diabetes because of both the fiber itself and the vitamins and minerals naturally present in whole grains & second higher consumption of dietary fiber also appears to facilitate weight loss & helps prevent constipation.

Every adult should intake eating 3 to 5 servings or more of whole grains every day.

Limit consumption of sugar and sugar-based beverages. Sugar (free sugars refined from sugarcane or sugar beets and high-fructose corn sweeteners) has no nutritional value except for calories and, thus, has negative health implications for those at risk of overweight & sugar contributes to the dietary glycemic load, which exacerbates the metabolic syndrome and is related to the risk of diabetes. WHO has suggested an upper limit of 10 percent of energy from sugar, but lower intakes are usually desirable because of the adverse metabolic effects and empty calories.

So limit your raw sugar intake less than 5 percent of total calorie.

Limit excessive caloric intake from any source. Given the importance of obesity and overweight in the causation of many chronic diseases, avoiding excessive consumption of energy from any source is very important. Because calories consumed as beverages are less well-regulated than calories from solid food, limiting the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is particularly important.

Limit sodium intake. The principle justification for limiting sodium is its effect on blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke and coronary disease.

WHO has suggested an upper limit of 1.7 grams of sodium per day (5 grams of salt per day)
Proper fluid intake. Water is, quite literally, the river on which our good health flows. Water carries nutrients to our cells, aids digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes our bodies of wastes, and keeps our kidneys healthy.
Many doctors believe that proper hydration can help prevent chronic joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, because water reduces inflammation and promotes cartilage health. Adequate water consumption can also slow the signs of aging and improve conditions such as constipation, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, dry skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Adult men should drink 3.5litre fluid/day, women should 2.5 liter/day.


So healthy food, regular exercise & a regular health checkup should be the ultimate goal to be a super healthy person.

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Lifestyle Diseases

The universal law of adaptation has made us match up with the rapid changes happening around us. Not just the environmental but also the lifestyle and social changes. Life has become very fast. Everybody wants to be in the race and is trying hard to win too. There are many amongst us who desire to have more than 24 hrs in a day. Thankfully that is not going to happen. But it is the time we should all take a pause and think that we are prone now to some silly disorders which were barely prevalent in our ancestors. These are the lifestyle diseases which are a major cause of death especially in the developing countries.


Many Cancer patients ask us that why has the incidence of cancer increased off late. The only logical answer I could find out is the lifestyle changes happening around. Also the rate of metastases is so high nowadays making the prognosis very bad compared to what it was a few years ago. Though we cannot ignore the changes happening in our environment which have favored the occurrence of many diseases but it is also our way of living that is further worsening the situation.


Certain psychological problems like stress and depression which we usually overlook should be given attention at the right time. Stress related disorders are a major cause of various lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity, heart diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma, depression and Cancer. Stress can lead to changes in your behavior and physiology. Behavioral changes might happen in eating pattern, physical inactivity, addiction like smoking etc. while physiological changes might affect you cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine system. Most of us are happy to take pills throughout their life to pacify their ailments not bothering much about the cause of these problems. It is very important to identify this stress as the root cause of above mentioned lifestyle diseases.


Stress can be very well managed with lifestyle modifications, exercise, yoga, time management, diet planning etc. Counseling would also help one tackle stress.

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Cancer Awareness

Ayurveda considers that Cancer is namely the final stage of a chronic imbalance in body constituents. Our body constituents can be influenced by our intake of foods, drinks, our breathing, daily, weekly, seasonal rhythm and our mental condition. When these factors do not correspond to our body constitution (that originates from birth), they will become imbalanced. Their natural relationship will begin to show disturbances.

Factors responsible could be:

• Someone has an improper lifestyle according to his body constitution, his environment and the seasons.

• Someone has improper eating habits/diet according to his body constitution, environment and seasons.

• Toxins from the environment penetrate both mind and body.

• Vitiated doshas, dhatus (tissues) and srotas (channels) are left untreated or wrongly treated.

Detail Study of Risk Factors:



Recent studies have shown that some types of cancer are genetically predisposed, such as breast cancer and certain types of colon and skin cancer. Individuals with Down syndrome have a greater risk of developing acute leukemia.


• Smoking- Tobacco is one of the main causes of cancer. It can bring about head, neck, lung, mouth, and larynx & bladder cancer.

• Ultraviolet- Increase the risk of skin cancer

• X-ray beams- X-rays are forms of radiant energy that can penetrate the body and are used to produce medical images, are used in petrochemical industries, nuclear power plants and are also present in space. Prolonged exposure to X-rays can result in cancer of the blood cells or acute leukemia.

• Excessive physical effort.

• Debilitated persons (people suffering from impairments, disease or medical conditions).

• Stress

• Nutrition

• Smoked or conserved foods-These foods contain substances that may lead to stomach cancer, when eaten in excess.

• Fat percentage- Research studies have shown that foods containing less than 30% calories from fat, reduce breast and lung cancer risk.

• Alcohol-Consuming large amounts of alcohol increases the risk of cancer of the esophagus, mouth and throat.

• Spoiled food.

• Frequently eating heavy meals.

• Not eating foods according to your body constitution.

• (Stale) foods that are kept too long.

• Incompatible food combinations.

• Dry foods.

• Vitamins.


Chemical carcinogenic substances:

• Asbestos- Prolonged inhalation of asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer and pleural cancer.

• Nickel- Prolonged inhalation of nickel increases the risk of Lung cancer and nasal cavity cancer.

• Other substances: arsenic, aromatic amines, benzene, Chromates, vinyl chloride.

Chemicals used in medicine

• DES:Diethylstilbestrol. In 1970’s DES, a synthetic estrogen, was widely used by pregnant women to supplement the woman’s natural estrogen production.

• Other chemicals: alkyl substances, oxymetholone and Thorotrast (radiographic contrast agent).




• Papillomavirus- A virus that can cause genital warts and increases the risk of cervical cancer.

• Hepatitis B virus- Might cause liver cancer.

• Epstein-Bar Virus- Causes Burkitt’s lymphoma in Africa and cancers of nose and pharynx.

• HIV.-Might cause lymphoma and cancer of the blood.



Some species of parasites are known to cause cancer, such as Schistosoma and Clonorchis. They respectively cause Bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer and bile duct cancer.


Cancer is a chronic imbalance of the body constituents. Some types of cancer are definitely curable and some still have poor prognosis. Therefore, developing new forms of treatments for them is an ongoing search. An Ayurvedic treatment will always focus on restoring the balance and the harmony to the body, mind and soul. This is enabled by treating the cause: the imbalance of the constituents. For this there are herbs and specific therapies available. On the road to recovery, maintaining inner balance with adequate rest, faith and hope should be majorly considered.

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Blood Donation Camp & Free General Health Check Up, 2018

In the blessed memory of Dr. Uma Shankar Tiwari Ji, co-founder of D. S. Research Centre, DS Foundation is conducting Blood Donation Camp and Free General Health Check Up on 6th March like every year. This will be conducted across the length and breadth of the country at six venues Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.

The gift of blood is the gift of life. Blood donation is a generous act. In our Country, someone requires blood every 2 seconds and one donation can potentially save 3 lives. The first and foremost advantage of donating blood is no doubt the exhilarating feeling of saving someone’s life. It helps both the donor and the recipients. It reduces the risk of heart attack and improves cardiac health, replinishes blood, burns calories. Hence everyone should come forward and donate blood and save valuable lives.

Come forward, let us make a difference in someone’s life…Let us all make it a huge success.

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World Cancer Day 2018 at DSRC Varanasi

D. S. Research Centre- Varanasi Team observed World Cancer Day with Cancer Fighters at Varanasi Clinic by organizing a Free Counselling on Cancer & Diet on 4th, 5th & 6th Feb 2018 in association with India’s leading newspaper Dainik Jagran. It was intended to increase the cancer awareness in our society.

Our team also created a 3-Dimensional Road Art with help of B. H. U. students to spread the message. Dainik Jagran also gave an opportunity to our Dietitian for a live talk show with its readers at Dainik Jagran office which was a very successful initiative and multiple queries were received by our team.


1. Numerous individuals took the benefit of free counselling sessions and took advice from our Doctors and Dietitian.

2. Many Patients took the medicine from us between 4th -6th Feb-18.

3. Event associated with Dainik Jagran had 3 days coverage on print media.

4. Dainik Jagran gave an opportunity to our Dietitian on a live talk show with its readers in at Dainik Jagran office which was a successful show and multiple diet related queries were received.

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Tram Ride with Cancer Patients on World Cancer Day in Kolkata

D. S. Research Centre organized a unique Tram Ride for the cancer survivors on the occasion of World Cancer Day on 04.02.18. The Tram Ride started from Ultadanga Tram Depot, visiting different parts of the city followed by a felicitation ceremony at Esplanade Tram Depot and the journey ended at Ultadanga Tram Depot. The first of its kind Tram Ride aimed at creating a healthy and motivating environment for the patients to celebrate their victory on cancer.

The theme was “Together We Can” highlighting the role of togetherness in fighting cancer and supporting the patients.
MLA Paresh Pal was present to flag off the ride and support the cause.
Dr. Anirban Bhattacharya, Dr. Shibangi Das and Ms. Nabaruna Ganguly, Dietitian of D.S. Research Centre were present to brief the media. The initiative aimed at bringing smiles on the survivors from cancer and encouraging them that cancer can be defeated.

To support the cause, the day started with a tram ride for more than 20 cancer survivors and doctors and D. S. Research Centre Staffs followed by a motivational session and felicitation of the patients.
A special motivational session for the cancer patients highlighted the importance of
‘Togetherness” to fight with cancer and win over it, creating awareness about the role of the
different types of treatments at D. S. Research Centre.

With the strong belief of #TogetherWeCan #DefeatCancer, the Centre came up with multiple
Cancer Awareness campaigns across the length and breadth of India in cities like Kolkata, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Tripura and Varanasi. World Cancer Day is the ideal platform to educate the general mass about Cancer and
eradicating the myths attached with it since time unknown in order to save million lives by fighting against Cancer.

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Unfortunate reality of rise in Cancer incidence

Half a century ago a person was far more likely to die from heart disease. Now cancer is on the verge of overtaking it as the No. 1 cause of death.

I am frequently asked why so many people these days are being diagnosed with cancer?

So …what could account for the rise in cancer cases? While human genes haven’t changed drastically over recent years, conditions in and around them have shifted. Lifestyle factors like diet and bad habits certainly play a role in our cellular health, as our life expectancy and the job we do. The rates of many chronic diseases have fallen in the past decades, but cancer is not behaving in the same fashion for a few reasons. When coming to cancer, one fact is very clear the older we get the higher is our risk; the longer we live, the more time we have for errors to build up. And so, as time passes, our risk of developing cancer goes up as we accumulate more of these faults in our genes. While tools for cancer diagnosis and treatment have improved, lifestyle has gone in the other direction. Poor lifestyle and sedentary habits have become the norm, which makes people overweight or obese increasing the risk of cancer. It has been estimated that over half a million cancers worldwide can be directly linked to obesity and inactivity every year. Obesity is tied to number of cancers including Breast, Colon, Oesophagus, Pancreatic, Endometrial, Kidney and Thyroid. In fact obesity threatens to overtake smoking as a number one risk factor for cancer. Other lifestyles like a diet that is high in red meats (such as beef, pork, lamb, or liver) and processed meats (such as hot dogs and some luncheon meats) can raise our risk of colorectal cancer .Drinking more alcohol, more regularly ups our risk for Breast, mouth, oesophageal and colon cancer. Sun bathing increases risk of skin cancer. On the other hand changing reproductive habits could explain why rates of breast ovarian and some other reproductive cancer haven’t fallen much despite introduction of HPV vaccine and more conscientious screening. How we choose to feed and protect our body can go far to reducing our risk of invasive cancer, most notably skin and colon cancer.

Cancer is currently more common in men than women, but due to changes in lifestyle women are catching up fast. It’s clear that unless progress is made in tackling obesity and other preventable causes of cancer, more people of both sexes will be diagnosed with the disease every year. We can all take the initiative in reducing our chance of getting cancer by eating more healthily, drinking less and doing more exercise.

Facing cancer was never easy, but you can take some comfort in that, prognosis has never been better than it is today. Like many life threatening medical conditions, early diagnosis can increase your likely hood of beating the disease and living a long life.

Thankfully in this day and age, receiving a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence.

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कैंसर से डरिये मत , लड़िये !

समूचा विश्व इस समय बदलते पर्यावरण, ध्वनि-वायु-जल प्रदुषण की वजह से बेहद गम्भीर किस्म की बीमारियों की चपेट में आ रहा है, जिसमें कैन्सर जैसी बीमारी सबसे अधिक मनुष्यों को अपना शिकार बना रही है। जिस तरह से कैन्सर अपने पाँव पसार रहा है वह बेहद चिन्ता का विषय है। विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन भी दिनों दिन बढ़ते कैन्सर रोगियों की संख्या को लेकर अपनी चिन्ता व्यक्त कर चुका है और इससे निजात पाने के अनेक उपाय किये जा रहे हैं।

इस बात को ध्यान में रखते हुए हर वर्ष 4 फरवरी को विश्व कैन्सर दिवस के रूप मे मनाया जाताहै, जिसका उद्देश्य लोगों में इस बीमारी से बचाव और इलाज के लिए जागरूक करना है। प्राचीन आयुर्वेद पर आधारित चिकित्सा के माध्यम से कैन्सर उपचार में अग्रणी सस्ंथा डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर और दैनिक जागरण ने मिलकर विश्व कैन्सर दिवस पर कैन्सर एवं आहार सम्बन्धित जानकारियों के लिए एक निःशुल्क स्वास्थ्य शिविर का आयोजन करने का निश्चय किया है जो 4 फरवरी से 6 फरवरी तक सुबह 10 बजे से शाम 6 बजे तक डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर, लेन नं0 10, रविन्द्रपुरी काॅलोनी में होगा। इन तीन दिनों तक चलने वाले निःशुल्क शिविर में डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर की अनुभवी आयुर्वेदाचार्य डाॅ. श्वेता सिंह एम.डी., डाॅ. पूजा जायसवाल बी.ए.एम.एस. एवं आहार विशेषज्ञ श्रीमती मंजरी बाजपेई, एम.एस.सी.फूड एण्ड न्यूट्रीशन, की उपस्थिति महत्वपूर्ण रहेगी और आने वाले रोगी इनके परामर्श का लाभ ले सकेंगे। डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर की आयुर्वेदाचार्य डाॅ. श्वेता सिंह ने बताया कि आयुर्वेद विश्व में तेजी से उभरती इलाज पद्धति के रूप में अपनी अलग पहचान बनाता जा रहा है और डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर पोषक ऊर्जा विज्ञान पर आधारित औषधियों की बदौलत हजारों रोगियों को कैन्सर से लड़ने और उस पर विजय पाने में मदद कर चुका है। यह तीन दिवसीय निःशुल्क परामर्श शिविर डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर और दैनिक जागरण का साझा प्रयास है और यह कैन्सर रोगियों के लिए एक उम्मीद की किरण जैसा है।

इस परामर्श शिविर में आगन्तुकों को कैन्सर से बचने और उससे लड़ने के लिये डी. एस. रिसर्च सेन्टर अपने अनुभवों को साझा करेगा। ज्ञातव्य है कि उचित समय पर यदि कुछ सावधानियां बरती जायें तो कैन्सर के होने की सम्भावना को ही समाप्त किया जा सकता है। हमारी जीवन शैली, हमारा खान पान और हमारा आचरण मिलकर किसी भी बीमारी के खतरे को समाप्त कर सकते हैं। इसी तरह यदि कोई कैन्सर की चपेट में आ गया है तो उसे कब और क्या करना चाहिये, इसकी जानकारी डी एस रिसर्च सेन्टर के अनुभवी विशेषज्ञ प्रदान करते हैं। वैसे भी हमारा देश अपने स्वास्थ्य और जीवन शैली के प्रति उतनी जागरूकता नहीं दिखाता जितनी जरूरत होती है। हम बीमारी के पहले सचेत नहीं रहते, हम बीमारी की प्राथमिक दशा में उसकी अनदेखी करते हैं और बीमारी की गम्भीरता में भी उचित और समय से कदम नहीं उठा पात। इस परामर्श शिविर के आयोजन का उद्देश्य यही है कि लोगों को कैन्सर जैसी गम्भीर बीमारी के बारे में जानकारी देकर उसकी भयंकरता को ही समाप्त किया जा सके।

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Human body is made of millions of cells coming together to form different systems and performing various functions in our body. Thus in every human being cells grow and divide to form new cells. This way the older damaged cells die and new healthy cells take their place. This cycle of cell formation and destruction ensures proper function of every system in our body.

In Cancer some of the body cells begin to divide when they are not needed and some cells survive and remain in the body when they should die. This causes break down of the orderly cycle of cell formation resulting in unwanted multiplication of cells. Thus the beginning of this disease occurs with abnormal cell division and hence prevention should aim at avoiding or restricting the same.

Since cells play a major role in pathophysiology of this disease, maintaining healthy cells in our body is a way which can help us to overcome their ability of dividing abnormally.

Healthier the cells, lesser are their chances of starting abnormal division.

In an event of uncontrolled cell division these healthier cells can themselves take over the abnormally dividing cells and stop the disease process right away.

A balance diet, good physical activity like exercise, yoga etc., breathing exercises like pranayama & positive attitude in life can certainly help us nourish our body cells.

Avoiding excess exposure to harmful radiations emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi stations etc., excess consumption of hybridized food and exposure to harmful chemicals in the form of herbicides, chemical cleansers, toxic cosmetics etc. are certain ways we can adopt to maintain the health of our body cells.

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