The Hyderabad Chapter of the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) recently organized a significant event titled "Healthier Women, Healthier Society." This colloquium, focused on women's health, took place at the Gachibowli premises in association with AIG Hospitals. The event was part of FLO's ongoing initiative, "Sustaining Her Health," as stated by the organization's Chairperson, Ritu Shah, during her opening remarks.
Distinguished medical experts, including Dr. D. Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman and Chief of Gastroenterology, Dr. Pragnya Chigurupati, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Dr. Sujana Priya, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, and Dr. Indraja Siripurapu, Consultant Medical Oncologist, actively participated in the event.
Dr. D. Nageshwar Reddy, addressing the session, highlighted the emerging importance of the Gut Microbiome in the field of medicine. He emphasized that research indicates our gut microbiome's profound impact on overall health. Dr. Reddy shared a compelling real-life example of 'Auto Brewery Syndrome,' underlining the intricate connection between gut health and unexpected medical conditions.
The colloquium delved into the significance of balancing good and bad bacteria in the stomach, addressing factors such as unnecessary caesarean sections, lack of breastfeeding, and excessive antibiotic usage. Dr. Reddy stressed that imbalanced gut bacteria could lead to various health issues, even affecting weight loss efforts.
The discussion also touched upon the influence of diet on gut health, with Dr. Reddy advocating for the Mediterranean diet. He introduced the concept of "IndMed Diet," a blend of Indian and Mediterranean cuisines developed in collaboration with a renowned nutrition institute in Israel.
Additionally, the event shed light on innovative medical procedures like Faecal Transplantation, emphasizing the role of stool banks in improving patients' conditions. Dr. Reddy informed the audience about the pioneering work of the Asia Microbiota Bank (AMB) in Hong Kong, which offers innovative treatments using donor stool.
The colloquium concluded with a panel discussion on Women's Health, featuring experts like Dr. Pragnya Chigurupati, Dr. Sujana Priya, Dr. Indraja Siripurapu, Ritu Shah, Dr. Shwetha, and Ms. Arshiya Afsar. The panel discussed concerning trends, such as the rising incidence of breast cancer among women aged 25 to 40, attributing it to factors like diet, stress, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of breastfeeding.
Over 100 FLO members actively participated in this informative and insightful event, highlighting the community's dedication to promoting women's health and well-being.