Erratic working hours, meal times turning police personnel diabetic

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Patna, Nov 14 (UNI) Owing to their erratic routine, irregular meal times and unhealthy lifestyle, the number of cases of diabetes among the Bihar police personnel is on the rise.

According to a survey done randomly by the police hospital, nearly 15 per cent of the police personnel, from the constable to Inspector rank, were suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. Clinical tests were conducted on about 75,000 police personnel from lower to middle rank.

The police personnel were becoming diabetic mainly due to their erratic routine as they were overstressed and overworked. They needed sweeping changes in their lifestyle as well as food habits to get rid of diabetes and hypertension.

Medical officer incharge of the police hospital Dr Parmeshwar Ojha said the police personnel in the lower and middle rank were not following the golden rule of ''eat less, eat frequently'' to remain healthy.

He said as there were no fixed hours of duty, several police personnel were missing their meals and in such cirumstances they tended to take heavy meals at odd hours of the night which was resulting in several health disorders.

In case of any eventuality or VIP movement requiring enhanced security, the deployed police personnel do not get time for their meals which was gradually proving dangerous for them on the health grounds.

The report said five per cent of the police force was even facing the threat of becoming impotent due to the diabetes and BP problems.

It further added that one per cent of the police personnel were also found to be HIV positive during the random survey.

However, the report pointed out that the police personnel in the rural areas were more healthy compared to their urban counterparts.


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