The Tibetans are very health conscious people who have taken great initiatives to offer high quality health care. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Sept. 29, 2013, "Health Kalon’s Official Statement on World Heart Day." September 29 marked World Heart Day.
On this day Kalon Dr. Tsering Wangchuk of the Tibetan Department of Health commented on the importance of maintaining a healthy heart in order to lead a healthy and productive life.
He pointed out that our heart, which pumps blood throughout our body, is vital for the well being of every organ in our body and that unhealthy practices such as smoking can compromise the well being of our heart.
Wangchuk has also pointed out that alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and excessive stress can also lead to heart problems. The World Health Organization has said that cardiovascular diseases are one of the major causes of death worldwide, and cause 17.3 million deaths every year. By 2030 it is anticipated more than 23 million people will die annually from cardiovascular diseases.
The incidence of cardiovascular diseases has been rising in the Tibetan communities due to changing life habits resulting from progress in social conditions in recent years. At Tibetan refugee health facilities across India and Nepal cardiovascular disease ranks second only to upper respiratory infection in the top ten watch list diagnoses.
Wangchuk encourages all adults and children to lead a heart healthy lifestyle. Such a lifestyle consists of avoidance of smoking, eating low fat food and drinking low fat milk while avoiding too much sugar, getting regular exercise and enough sleep, maintaining a healthy body weight, and limiting alcohol consumption. This is good advice for everyone.