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Columbia Asia Hospital to hold free talk on ‘Awareness of Diabetes’

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Mysuru: The alarming rise in the number of diabetes cases across the country, has led Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysuru to take the initiative of conducting a free talk on the theme ‘Awareness of Diabetes’. The talk will be conducted by Dr. Rekha V Bhat, Consultant Endocrinologist at the Columbia Asia Hospital premises on November 28.

The doctor will be speaking about diabetes and how to prevent it by leading a healthy lifestyle. The session will also concentrate on women, especially mothers- both expectant and postnatal mothers- and address the topic of preventing diabetes with nutritious food and a better and healthy lifestyle. Participants can avail the discounted diabetes check package and a free Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test, which is used to diagnose Peripheral Artery Diseases.

Dr. Bhat said, “India is heading towards a diabetic epidemic of epic proportions. At our current rate of expansion of diabetes, we are likely to overtake China and wear the unwelcome title of harbouring the largest population of diabetics in the world by 2030. We need to halt the progression of the disease before we become known as the ‘diabetes capital of the world’.” Speaking about her vision for the future, she said that the aim was not just to improve the longevity but also to maintain and enhance the productivity of the people. “This can happen only with the active involvement of all of us at all levels irrespective of whether or not we have diabetes. Women are the most important agents in the adoption of healthy lifestyles to improve the health and well-being of future generations”, she said.

The theme for 2017 is “Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.” One in two persons with diabetes mellitus goes undiagnosed; 1 in 7 births are affected by gestational diabetes; 1 in 10 women are living with diabetes.

Supporting facts put forward by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF):

There are currently more than 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is estimated to increase to 313 million by the year 2040. Diabetes is the ninth most important cause of death in women across the world, causing 2.1 million deaths per year. Women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition, and women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations. Upto 70 percent of the cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.

The one hour free talk on the subject, will be held from 3 PM to 4 PM. For registration contact 8884655366.

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