Diabetes and Hypertension appear like twins though their birthdays fall on different days and months. More often than not the first chooses to visit not the middle aged as it used to do but people much younger who give scant regard to following a healthy lifestyle. Hypertension soon catches up with its ‘twin’ as it doesn’t wish to lag behind in the ‘race.’ Rare is a person who goes up the ladder in quick succession reaching a pinnacle in his profession devoid of the ‘twins’ affecting him –natural consequences of stress due to his responsibility.
Coming to the Indian context I could notice how our politicians have celebrated World Hypertension Day. To begin with the man who occupied the top post appears visibly relieved of his hypertension as an immediate consequence of not having to dance to the dictates of the overbearing lady breathing down his neck for over a decade. He is happy that he would be left alone in future to think and do what he likes and wishes. The man who was a ‘nine days wonder’ would have found his blood pressure rising and has forgotten to smile and wouldn’t have been aware of it. The mother who dreamt that her son would become the P.M. one day, would have found it difficult to conceal her shock at the drumming her party received at the hustings. As far as the son is concerned , he too appeared immensely relieved because his hypertension if he had any would have disappeared in a jiffy considering that he was a free man now and could take a permanent holiday from politics, that is if he is ‘allowed’ to do so by his ambitious mother!
n.meera raghavendra rao