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Number of patients complaining complaining of anxiety and mental health issues, and a high proportion of them were spending vast amounts of time on smartphones 

In his book, Dr. Chatterjee explains that studies have linked constant exposure to social media to depression, especially in adolescents and young adults.

''NOW more than ever before, we're starting to recognise that we're leading these lives where we can never off,'' Dr. Chatterjee said. ''There's always something to do. I'm not pro-or anti technology, but I think for many of us, we're using it in ways that are harming us.''

A DOCTOR CONSIDERS STRESS a factor in many ailments and offers ways to beat it.

Not long ago, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee had a patient with Type 2 diabetes struggling to lower his blood sugar levels, despite following an intense diet and exercise program.

Dr. Chatterjee counseled him to focus on the root cause of his problem : chronic stress. The patient, a 53 year-old businessman, had been putting in long hours at the office, working late into the night and skimping on sleep.

Dr. Chatterjee told him that constant stress can wreak havoc on blood sugar levels and then urged him to practice yoga and meditation and to shut off his computer 90 minutes before bed each night. Six months later, the patient's blood sugar levels had drastically improved and were close to normal.

Dr. Chaterjee, an author, television host and influential British doctor, believes the role of stress in chronic disease is far too often overlooked. He estimates that 80 percent of the problems he sees -conditions of high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, metabolic disease and weight gain - are in some way related to stress.

''A lot of people are oblivious to the effect of stress,'' Dr. Chatterjee said. Stress of course is the inevitable part of life, and in small doses it can be beneficial.

But in recent years a growing body of research has shown that persistently high levels of social and emotional stress - the kind brought on by high pressure job, a divorce, financial worries or strained relationships, for example - can dampen the immune system and promote, inflammation, heart disease and premature aging.

In his latest book, ''The Stress Solution,'' Dr. Chatterjee explores the many ways that persistent stress can lead to disease, along with strategies to protect against its toxic effects. Some of his techniques are easy to absorb, like simple breathing exercises and calming morning routines.

Others require significant lifestyle changes, like optimizing sleep and diet, cutting back on smartphone and social media use and fostering friendships to build resiliency.

''One of the reasons I wrote this book was to give stress the airtime that it serves,'' Dr. Chatterjee said. ''The public needs to be more aware of how prevalent and damaging it is, and doctors need to be aware of some simple things to help people.''

Dr. Chatterjee has long championed the benefits of lifestyle changes to help counter chronic disease.

His popular BBC television program, ''Doctor in the House,'' featured him visiting overweight and chronically ill people in their homes and and transforming their diets, exercise and relationships.

He created an accredited lifestyle medicine course for doctors in Britain and started a health podcast called ''Feel Better, Live More'' that topped the iPhone charts.

His book ''The 4 Pillar Plan'' guides people to improve their health through better sleep, movement, relaxation and food.

One thing he noticed early on was that asking his patients to cut back on bad habits like eating junk food or drinking to excess was often found to fail unless he addressed the underlying reasons for those behaviors.

''They'd be motivated for one or two weeks, but it turned out that their sugar or alcohol consumption was their way of coping with all the stress in their lives,'' Dr. Chatterjee said.

''Unless we tackled the stress, they were always going to revert back to what they were doing''.

Another thing that struck him was the way technology is creating a potent new source of stress. Many people wake up and immediately look at their smartphones and check their email or social media.

Then they remain glued to their phones throughtout the day, staring at them while they eat, sit at their desks, socialize and lie in bed at night.

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