Love Eating Meat on Eid-ul-Adha? -Keep These Health Risks In your Mind!

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Are you a patient of High blood pressure? Or you have very bad cholesterol levels? Do you have a family history of heart issues? And you are planning to eat Pulao, Biryani, and Qorma on this Eid-ul-Adha… STOP! Think for a while. Are you going in the right direction? Spare your 2 minutes and read why am I saying this!

We are all well prepared for Eid ul Adha, as this is the second Eid during this COVID-19 pandemic. On one hand, it is an opportunity to cherish our religious festival during these depressing times of pandemic, but on the other hand, it is an alarming situation to have Eid in this monsoon and pandemic at the same time.

As we all know, the cases of COVID-19 raised after last eid in Pakistan due to a lack of compliance with SOPs. This results in thousands of deaths of both citizens and health professionals of Pakistan. And obviously it put pressure on our health system, which is not only combating COVID-19 rather dealing with all types of health issues.

So, while keeping all this in your mind. Change your plans about your meals and get-togethers. Because you are at high risk of getting the following health issues. And obviously you don’t want to rush to the hospital emergency during this pandemic or most probably on a rainy evening!

High Cholesterol:

High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia) is a major outcome of eating a high amount of meat in your meals. As we consume all types of meat (beef, mutton, lamb) on this occasion, they obviously result in increasing your cholesterol. That’s not good at all.

High blood pressure:

High cholesterol levels increase your blood pressure. Similarly, intake of more spicy and salty meals also results in high blood pressure.

Angina Pain:

In severe cases, if you have a history of hypertension and heart issues, you may experience angina pain that may lead to a heart attack.

Diabetes:

If your sugar levels are not controlled, and you are a chronic patient of diabetes, it will be more dangerous for you to consume high protein and high fats diet on this Eid. For diabetic patients, the chances of having cardiac issues are more. So be cautious while eating the meaty meals.

Chronic Kidney disease:

It’s a common trend to have soft drinks with meat on Eid. But are you aware of their side effects on your kidneys? If you are a patient of chronic kidney problems, you should avoid soft drinks and try to consume protein in a balanced amount.

All these above-mentioned health problems are injurious to your HEART. As they put pressure on your heart. That is the most important organ of your body.

Red meat is not bad for your health if taken in a balanced amount with proper lifestyle habits.

You can manage taking red meat on this Eid, by following tips;

  • Take ginger tea or green tea after meals, as they help in digesting meant
  • Take salads and steamed vegetables in your meals
  • Do exercise and walk regularly
  • Try to take less salt and spices
  • Avoid soft drinks, take lemonade instead of them
  • Try to take steamed and boiled meat instead of fried and oily meals
  • Take your medicines on time if you are a patient (avoid self-medication or over medication)

Enjoy your Eid with social distancing and keeping in mind that it is more dangerous for you to visit hospitals in this pandemic, you should eat your meals in a balanced way!

You can seek help from the best doctors in Pakistan through Marham. Health specialists all over Pakistan are available online to provide their services on the Marham platform. You can download the Marham mobile app or visit the website to contact any doctor during this Eid ul Adha.

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Aiman Usman (Doctor of Pharmacy)
She is a pharmacy graduate and worked as a hospital pharmacist. Her interests are teaching, blogging, and scientific writings. She likes to write about medicines, health issues, health and beauty-related natural remedies, the nutritional value of different foods, and mental health.
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