Series 3: Programme 9
Dr Mark Hamilton presents the programme that aims to improve the life expectancy of unhealthy contributors. 34 year old Jagadeesh Dharmapuri is a test engineer for an IT company in Dublin. He wants to improve his life expectancy and is put through a series of rigorous medical and fitness tests. After 8 weeks will Jagadeesh be feeling fitter, healthier and will he have increased his life expectancy?
Originally from a small village in Southern India Jagadeesh came to Ireland in 2002, his wife joined him a couple of years later and 18 months ago their daughter was born. Since moving to Ireland Jagadeesh has settled into a sedentary life of rich food and little exercise.
Jagadeesh is a computer test engineer for a large international firm. It's a demanding job and added to this are family responsibilities which he feels keenly. Recently his mother became ill and is in India on her own, as his father died 8 years ago at the age of 58. The cost of trips home and the support she needs is another source of worry.
Results after first medical and fitness tests:
Joint and Muscle Examination:
Some restriction in lower back area
(due to tension and may also be attributable to lack of exercise)
BMI 27.7 (Overweight)
Healthy Level 19 -25
Cholesterol 6 mmol/l
Healthy Level below 5
LIFE EXPECTANCY 65
He is predicted to die 12 years before the average for men in Ireland and his stress could lead to a lifetime of depression and poor physical health.
8 Week Plan
- Find ways to relax
- Examine causes of stress (two thirds of Irish people have experienced stress and it's vital that it's managed properly)
- 30 minutes moderate exercise, 5 times a week
Dr Mark recommends Jagadeesh try yoga, as it could help with his back pain and fitness levels. Also, yoga's concentration on movement and breathing is a recognised way of relieving stress. If Jagadeesh dedicated a few minutes every day working on some of the breathing techniques he's learnt it's likely that he would feel much more relaxed.
Jagadeesh also started sessions with confidence coach Marian Byrne who wants to pinpoint the situations in which he feels under pressure. She starts by teaching him how to cope with these situations by practising prepared responses which he can draw on if he is feeling stressed.
Dr Mark also encouraged Jagadeesh to take up cricket, a sport which he used to play well. The endorphins realised by exercise will act like natural anti-depressants and help Jagadeesh relax. And while he tackles his stress he will also be lowering his weight and cholesterol.
Once a week he does voluntary work for the Dublin Central Mission, distributing food and support to homeless people on the streets of the city. It's something he's keen to keep up and it's commendable that he takes time out of his busy week to do this. However, he has to remember to dedicate time to his own well being too.
Blood pressure 125/75 (previously 130/80)
BMI 27.5 (previously 27.7)
WELLBEING 67.5/100 (previously 32.5/100)
LIFE EXPECTANCY 76
MATER PRIVATE HEALTHCARE
Eccles Street, Dublin 7
01 885 8888
Prof Niall Moyna
School of Health and Human Performance
The Science Block
Dublin City University
Marian Byrne & Associates Ltd
Marian runs courses for personal development and corporate workshops addressing the work/life balance.
MALAHIDE CRICKET CLUB
Unit 1A, Killeen Road
Kylemore Industrial Estate
Tel - 01 6261863
DUBLIN CENTRAL MISSION
Lower Abbey Street