The brain is a complex organ in our body and it regulates our personality, character and intelligence. Indeed, it is an organ that makes us who we are, experts said on Thursday on the eve of World Brain Day.
Dr Rajesh Verma, a professor of neurology at King George’s Medical University, said: “Brain health is under threat today due to various transmissible and non-communicable neurological disorders, as well as stress, substance abuse and psychological disorders.”
Each year, July 22 is dedicated to brain health awareness.
“Among the various non-communicable disorders, headache, stroke, epilepsy and encephalopathy are the main causes of brain damage. About 50-70% of our population suffers from migraines and headaches associated with tension. Early migraine detection and stress control and a healthy lifestyle will reduce the negative effects on the brain, “said Dr. Verma.
Stroke is the second leading cause of paralysis, disability and mortality in India. The incidence of stroke is increasing due to ineffective control of risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, fatty deposits in the blood vessels, alcoholism, chewing tobacco, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, poor hygiene and heart disease, ha stated Dr. Verma.
“Brain health begins as early as pregnancy. Hence, awareness of maternal and fetal health, the risk factors for complications during pregnancy, will ensure delivery with a healthy brain, “said Dr. Abhishek Shukla, secretary general of the Association of International Doctors.
“Cerebral tuberculosis is widespread and causes premature death, permanent blindness and paralysis,” said Dr. Verma. Viral infections, Japanese encephalitis, herpes simplex, dengue, chikungunya and the recent Covid-19 pandemic have created both brain damage and mental health problems.