There is the need to do something about our current eating habits because prevalence of death from diet related conditions is on the increase in the world over. Hypertensive conditions contribute to most deaths occurring in our hospitals. On the global scene, a lot of people die from hypertension and hypertensive related diseases and conditions.
In Ghana today, almost one in every four persons suffer from hypertension. Also, about one in every four Ghanaian adults is obese. Obesity is a known precursor of stroke, heart attack, damage of blood vessels, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, gallstones, gall bladder cancer, colonic cancer, infertility among other deadly conditions. According to a study, nearly one in every ten Ghanaian above 25 years has diabetes. Of this, nearly 70% had no prior history of the disease. All these conditions are killing both the young and old. These statistics are worsening daily. Thus, in the years to come, we are likely to see more and more people suffer from these bad conditions. Often, young people continuously fall prey to this canker of chronic non-communicable disease.
The good news however is that, with proper eating and exercise, these conditions can be managed and patients can live to a ripe old age. Thus, there is light at the end of the tunnel for sufferers of these diseases. Eating well provides a more thrilling advantage to individuals who do not suffer from these diseases - That is prevention. It is better to prevent these life-long diseases than to seek to treat them.
The message of healthy eating has to be preached to the general public: the school child, pregnant woman, house wife, corporate worker who sits in the office all day and the business person who has no time for him/herself. All these people must be taught the right mode of food choices and intakes to enable them stay healthy.
This was the inspiration behind the publication of this book. The book contains 17 chapters. The first 13 are about some lifestyle diseases including high blood cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and obesity, among others and how to eat so as to prevent and manage them. The last four chapters teach on how to eat fruits, how to drink water, how to go about exercise and how the pregnant woman should eat.
Valued reader, the world has endorsed healthy eating habits as a sure means to prevent and manage most of these lifestyle related/chronic diseases. I entreat you to take steps towards a healthy eating pattern for a healthy life.