Conquering mountains: How a 22-year-old never let diabetes get the better of him

Eshaan Shevate was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. At the time, he was his school’s star swimmer. He was initially hesitant to accept this diagnosis; but now believes that more awareness on diabetes is required among people. He never let his condition hinder his progress and is an inspiration for other youngsters suffering from type 1 diabetes

Conquering mountains: How a 22-year-old never let diabetes get the better of himEshaan Shevate is the youngest Indian with type 1 diabetes to trek along the Inca Trail in the Andes mountains right up to Machu Picchu, Peru. Apart from mountaineering, he is also an accomplished state level swimming champion. Shevate was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. He was his school’s star […]

Follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetes

Today, the incidences of diabetes are increasing. It is attributed to our stressful lifestyles, lack of exercise, poor diet and sleep. Genetic predisposition also plays a role especially in those patients developing the disease at a younger age (<30 years) when both the parents are diabetics

Follow a healthy lifestyle to prevent diabetesGestational diabetes (occurring in last trimester of pregnancy) and type 1 diabetes (autoimmune or insulin dependent diabetes) are 2 separate entities forming a small portion of patients suffering from diabetes. Management Comprises of: Dietary modifications: Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables and limited amount of fat and refined sugars. Eating the right portions, avoiding long […]

Meet a ‘mother’ who adopted 540 diabetic children

The parents of children, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, often get worried. As, diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes. Whereas, treatment cost is another factor, which also bothers the family

Meet a ‘mother’ who adopted 540 diabetic childrenDiabetic patients have to take insulin thrice-a-day. It costs Rs 4,000 per month. Many people do not take treatment due to poor financial condition. Due to which, Dr Archana Sarda, diabetologist has adopted 540 children, who suffer from type 1 diabetes, by sponsoring their treatment. These children belong to farmer’s family. Their parents cannot afford […]

World Diabetes Day: Meet a Mumbaikar who is an inspiration to the blind

Mangesh Gaikar is associated with an NGO called National Association for the Blind (NAB), Mumbai. Gaikar helps people in Mumbai, who are not born blind but have lost their vision due to diabetes. He counsels them and also assists them by providing ways in which they can become self-reliant through the National Association for the Blind (NAB)

World Diabetes Day: Meet a Mumbaikar who is an inspiration to the blindMeet Mangesh Gaikar, a 38 year-old man who suffers from type 1 diabetes and is also blind. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 19 years old. He was born with blurred vision and post diabetes he completely lost his eyesight. But, he has not let his blindness or diabetes become an […]

Want to reverse diabetes? Follow low-calorie diet, says study

A study conducted on mice showed that cutting daily calorie intake by 75 per cent lowered blood sugar levels and decreased fat content. In humans, that would mean turning to a diet of 500 to 800 calories opposed to the average 1,600 to 3,000 calorie intake

Want to reverse diabetes? Follow low-calorie diet, says studyEarlier this year, Medical News Today reported on a paper published in the BMJ that urged doctors and patients alike to acknowledge the possibility that type 2 diabetes is reversible through weight loss. Another study we reported on showed that caloric restriction helped 40 per cent of the participants in the study to achieve remission. […]

Omega-6 consumption could lower type 2 diabetes risk by 35 per cent

Omega-6 fatty acids are considered to be essential for health; not only do they aid brain function, but they also play an important role in skin and hair growth, and they help to regulate metabolism and support bone health. However, since the body is unable to produce omega-6, we can only get these fatty acids from certain foods, including soybean oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, and some nuts and seeds

Omega-6 consumption could lower type 2 diabetes risk by 35 per centFrom an analysis of almost 40,000 adults across 20 studies, researchers found that people who had higher blood levels of linoleic acid, a main form of omega-6, were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with lower levels of the fatty acid. Study co-author Dr Jason Wu, of the George Institute for Global […]

Did you know? Diabetes can affect your oral health

Diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired which elevates the level of glucose in blood. People who have diabetes know that this disease can lead to impairment of the eyes, nerves, kidneys and heart. What they don't know is that diabetes can also hamper their oral health

Did you know? Diabetes can affect your oral healthThey say, ‘Every human being is the author of their own life.’ Your lifestyle and your habits contribute a lot towards living a healthy life. A busy lifestyle, long working hours can have a negative impact on your health and it can even affect your immunity. A poor immune system can lead to diabetes as […]

5 natural ways to balance your hormones for a healthier life

Our bodies are fragile ecosystems that have to be maintained properly. The things we eat and our good and bad habits all affect our general well-being, including our hormone levels

5 natural ways to balance your hormones for a healthier lifeOur bodies are fragile ecosystems that have to be maintained properly. The things we eat and our good and bad habits all affect our general well-being, including our hormone levels. And those levels are important — raging hormones are just as dangerous as lacklustre hormones. Fortunately, there are things we can do on a daily […]

‘Obesity control will have only a limited success in preventing type 2 diabetes’

Milind Watve, professor at IISER, Pune, has gone through 63 studies which analyses causes for insulin resistance. The statistical analysis of these studies shows that there only in 10 per cent of the cases obesity was the primary cause for developing insulin resistance. Research needs to be focused on the other possible causes of insulin resistance, he added

‘Obesity control will have only a limited success in preventing type 2 diabetes’When obesity is believed to be major cause of insulin resistance, scientist at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has shown, how, many other obesity independent factors also affect insulin resistance and obesity is not the primary cause. Milind Watve, professor at IISER, Pune, said, “There are many obesity independent signals which affect […]

Explained: How insulin and glucagon work to regulate blood sugar levels

The pancreas secretes insulin and glucagon, both of which play a vital role in regulating blood sugar levels. The two hormones work in balance. If the level of one hormone is outside the ideal range, blood sugar levels may spike or drop

Explained: How insulin and glucagon work to regulate blood sugar levelsTogether, insulin and glucagon help keep conditions inside the body steady. When blood sugar is too high, the pancreas secretes more insulin. When blood sugar levels drop, the pancreas releases glucagon to bring them back up. Blood sugar and health The body converts carbohydrates from food into sugar (glucose), which serves as a vital source […]
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