Ma Subramanian, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Tamil Nadu launched the programme.
On the occasion of World Diabetes Day observed in November, Kauvery Hospital Chennai organized “Dishoom Dishoom Diabetes” — a unique initiative to effectively manage diabetes and related problems. Ma Subramanian, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Tamil Nadu launched the ‘Reversal of Diabetes’ program at the fair.
The program offered free vital signs, foot study, eye exam, dental exam, biothesiometry, lipid profile and fundus screening. The event also had stalls on diet advice, diabetic friendly recipes and nutritional supplements, physiotherapy and other diabetic care products. In addition, there was a panel discussion on ‘healing diabetes’, consisting of a diabetologist, a general practitioner, a dietician, a psychiatrist and a physiotherapist.
According to reports, India is known as the diabetes capital of the world as the number of cases has been steadily increasing over the past few years. Almost 77 million people live with diabetes in the country, which has the second highest number of cases in the world. It is further estimated that approximately 43.9 million people are undiagnosed, representing up to 57% of adults in the country.
“Untreated diabetes can lead to serious health complications such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Some well-known but overlooked risk factors for this condition include obesity, lack of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle, genetics, age, and a family history of the disease. With this year’s Dishoom Dishoom Diabetes fair, we want to teach people about identifying the risks of the disease and their effective management. The ‘Diabetes Reversal’ was possible with advances in diabetes management and we wanted to focus on the same. With the right knowledge and guidance, people can use this program to effectively manage their diabetes and make some kind of turnaround. We believe that the program has benefited people in general and we will continue to support them on their journey to diabetes management,” said Dr. Baraneedharan K, Senior Diabetologist, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai.