BD India, the healthcare company, known for its dedication to patient education, partnered with Association for Diabetes Care & Prevention (ADCP) in a diabetes camp today. The day-long event which began at 8 am and ended at 5 pm, saw the participation of some of Mumbai’s most eminent doctors. The camp began with investigative check-ups for over 450 people. As the day progressed, residents got the opportunity to attend diabetes education sessionson topics in which diabetes has the potential to affect various parts of the body, including the eyes, digestive tract, and kidneys.
“Education forms a major part of the strategy to prevent diabetes, as well as to halt diabetes-related deterioration in the various parts of the body. We counsel patients, their caregivers, and others in their family, so that each person can take the necessary measures and precautions, either to manage it effectively or avoid the risks of getting it in the first place, as the case may be.The day-long event is discussion-driven so that people can clear all their doubts in an environment dedicated to just this, which may not always be possible in a clinical setting,” said Dr Vijay Negalur, Diabetologist, Dr. Negalur’s Diabetes & Thyroid Center, Thane, Mumbai.
The World Health Organization has declared that by 2030, diabetes will be the world’s seventh-largest killer. The number of people living with diabetes is estimated at 101 million by the same year. India has 69.2 million people living with diabetes (8.7% of the population), out of which over 36 million people are undiagnosed. On World Health Day, in April this year,
“We have found that the best care is given and received when there is a dialogue between the doctor and patient. Diabetes education is affordable and effective. We focus on various preventive aspects of right diet, adequate exercise, and cutting stress. We also counsel those who are on medication, especially on insulin, on correct injection technique. There are various intricacies we talk about—everything from selecting the right needle size and the angle at which to hold the syringe to injection sites and getting over the fear of needles,” said Dr Benny Negalur, Diabetologist, Dr. Negalur’s Diabetes & Thyroid Center, Thane, Mumbai.
The WHO mandates that because of the staggering burden diabetes puts on the population, especially on those in the most productive years of their lives,an awareness needs to be built around it. Keeping in mind the high out-of-pocket expenses people in India bear, and that the management of diabetes in long term, doctors are focusing on helping people bring down medication through lifestyle management.