Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most, of the cases are type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable, through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the healthy living environment. The most common non communicable disease affecting India today is Diabetes Mellitus. It is a metabolic disorder, in which an individual has an increased level of blood sugar.
As per research, it currently affects an estimated 143 million people worldwide and the number is growing rapidly.
In India, about 5 per cent population suffers from diabetes. Diabetes can be regarded as a potential epidemic in India with more than 62 million diabetic individuals currently diagnosed with the disease.
The theme this year is the role Families have to play in addressing the modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes. They must therefore be provided with the education, resources and environments to provide a healthy lifestyle.
All family members should be aware of the signs and symptoms associated with the disease and risk factors as well as the importance of early detection. Early detection can prevent complications.
Effective Managing and monitoring diabetes patients with in the family plays a vital role in families in diabetes effectively. This could refer to insulin and anti-diabetic drugs, dosage timely administration monitoring the same and seeing for side effects.
Apart from this health balanced diet and exercise should be part of the overall care for patients with diabetes as well as preventable routines for those not detected. Life style modifications and ingoing education should be a constant focus by family members.
Family support in diabetes care has been shown to have a substantial effect in improving health outcomes for people with diabetes. It is therefore important that ongoing diabetes self-management education and support be accessible to all people with diabetes Mellitus and their families to reduce the emotional impact of the disease and improve the quality of life.
Some tips on a diabetic diet are:
- Reduce sugar and intake, low carbohydrate diet
- Have smaller meals and spread out over the day
- Eating a variety of whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables
- Taking diabetic medicine in proper dosage and time
- Monitoring your blood glucose at home if necessary
- Carrying out laboratory test as prescribed for status of blood sugar.
Living with diabetes can be difficult. You need to take full control of your diabetes…. It’s in your hands to make it better.
For more information on Diabetes Mellitus please contact Wockhardt hospital.
Endocrinology at Wockhardt Hospital
Wockhardt Hospitals, a chain of tertiary care super-specialty hospitals has more than 25 years of experience in the creation and management of Super Specialty Hospitals in India.
At Wockhardt Hospital our Endocrinology department, Diabetes and Weight Management Centre at Wockhardt Hospital treat various endocrine disorders .The division has an integrated multi-disciplinary model for providing comprehensive management of the entire range of endocrine conditions. Our team is also actively involved in ongoing research for diabetes and other endocrine disorders. These disorders are investigated and treated by our endocrinologist at Wockhardt Hospital.
Wockhardt Hospitals is regarded as a centre of excellence the healthcare domain, having facilities in North Mumbai (Mira road), South Mumbai (Mumbai Central), Navi Mumbai (Vashi), Nagpur, Nasik, Rajkot and Surat. Wockhardt Hospitals has state-of-the-art infrastructure. Our prime objective is patient safety and quality of care at all levels. The guiding philosophy is to serve and enrich the Quality of Life of patients and to make life win.