Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world. It is a major cause of heart attack, stroke, lower limb amputation, kidney failure and blindness. Due to alarming increase of diabetes amongst the middle-aged population, along with its improper management, a number of patients with kidney disease and heart ailments have increased tremendously.
Keeping this in mind, P.D. Hinduja Hospital conducted a free diabetes check-up camp today (Nov 15), from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at Churchgate and CST stations.
Trained hospital staff conducted Random Blood Sugar (RBS) tests to check glucose levels of participants along with height, weight and blood pressure check. Results of the tests were shared with those that participated, along with expert advice on how to keep diabetes at bay. The camp witnessed participation from more than 1000 Mumbaikars.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to produce enough insulin or loses the ability to process the produced insulin effectively. Diabetes is classified into two categories- type 1 and type 2, wherein the latter is more prevalent amongst adults.
Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC said, “We are extremely proud and thankful to the Western and Central Railway for their support in creating awareness on diabetes amongst Mumbaikars. There is enough data and evidence to show that the current incidence and burden of diabetes amongst Indians is extremely alarming, with several people being completely unaware of the fact that they are at risk of becoming diabetic.”
He added, “Through this camp, our hospital aims to support Mumbaikars and contribute to creating 360-degree awareness around the disease, and share advice on positive and effective lifestyle changes that will help them steer away from the chronic disease.”
On the occasion, Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway said, “Today is World Diabetes Day, an important reminder that Diabetes has become a problematic lifestyle related disease. I am proud of the initiative with P.D. Hinduja Hospital, and pleased with the response we received from the public towards the camp. We want to encourage camps like this and encourage the public to fight diabetes.”
Over the years, India has risen up to become the second largest diabetes nation in the world with close to 70 million patients suffering from the disease. This number is now expected to grow and reach 120 million in the next few years.
Dr Phulrenu Chauhan, Endocrinology and Diabetic Consultant, P. D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC said, “Diabetes mellitus management is not just about taking the prescribed medications but about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, it is extremely important to make a shift and work towards prevention, rather than cure. Since both Churchgate and CST station witnesses’ huge movement of people, we believe an awareness camp like this would be most effective to reach out to the general public and educate them on diabetes.”
The most common risk factors associated with developing type 2 diabetes involves obesity, family history of diabetes, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle, smoking, an unhealthy diet, age (45 and above), high blood pressure or hypertension.