Erratic working hours, meals turning police personnel diabetic

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Patna, Nov 14 (UNI) Owing to their erratic routine, irregular meals and unhealthy lifestyle the police personnel in Bihar, are facing increased incidence of diabetes.

According to a survey conducted randomly by the police hospital, nearly 15 per cent of the police personnel, from 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 and 15 per cent of them were found to be suffering from the disease.

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 in charge 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 in 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 their health.

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

It also said 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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