MV Hospital

Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Get the most from a weight loss plan

The current trend of maintaining a healthy lifestyle has brought with it numerous irresistible programmes for losing weight.

However, a word of caution - weigh your options before you take the leap!

It is tempting to think that the ‘one size fits all’ approach will help you shed those extra kilos in a short time. BUT… The best weight loss plan is the one you enjoy and fits in with your everyday life.

You are more likely to succeed in your mission of shedding those extra kilos if the changes you make are small and realistic.

Here are some tips for choosing wisely.

Slow and steady wins the race. Look for a plan that aims for an initial weight loss of 10%. Research shows that this will improve your health – including blood pressure, cholesterol, and your risk for developing any long term health problems. It is also very important for controlling Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Being more active and reducing the amount of calories is something that all weight loss programmes have in common.


However, good programmes recommend eating around 600 Kcal less each day resulting in a slow and steady weight loss of 0.5 kg – 1 kg per week which is the best way to lose weight.

Don’t believe in hype. Be cautious of plans that promise drastic results, offer quick fixes, eliminate entire food groups, or promise too much.

Less & more Eating less and doing more will bring your blood glucose levels down, so consult with your doctor in case you have to make adjustments to your medication.

…and finally

It is easy to give up so keep a diary of your progress so that you can track it.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Diabetes stigma – Another challenge for people with diabetes

In addition to the difficulties of managing blood glucose levels, many people with diabetes face an additional burden – that of diabetes stigma.

For people with Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) the main form of stigma relates to how it began.  People sometimes associate it with a poor and indisciplined lifestyle - lack of physical activity, eating too much of the wrong food and obesity.

However, although this may be a reason for the onset of T2DM, one has to also take into account other important causes such as age, inherited genes, other reasons for gaining weight, demands of the job and so on.

People with Type 1 diabetes mellitus report stigma for other reasons such as eating the wrong food, not having good control, and being blamed as being irresponsible all the time.

In general, diabetes of any type can arouse feelings of over - protectiveness or pity towards the patient as many people think that having diabetes prevents a person from leading a normal life.

However, diabetes is not a death sentence if managed well and it definitely does not make people sickly, weak or limit their opportunities.

Sometimes managing diabetes also often leads to embarrassment. At times the act of injecting insulin can be mistaken for using recreational drugs and symptoms of severe hypo can be mistaken for rudeness, aggressiveness, or even drunken behaviour!

People around a person with diabetes should be sensitized to these aspects.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Diabetes and Dementia

People with Type 2 Diabetes mellitus may have a 1 ½ to 2 ½ times increased risk of developing dementia when compared to those without diabetes.

There are many different types of dementia. The most common is Alzheimer’s disease. Early symptoms include forgetfulness, repetition, short term memory loss, and impaired word finding ability. As it progresses it is marked by disorientation, impaired reasoning and decision- making, and loss of both daily living and social skills.

People with diabetes who have dementia have difficulty in managing diabetes. On the other hand, poorly controlled diabetes can also have an effect on the safety and well- being of people with dementia.

Friday, January 9, 2015


Change your eating habits 

It’s not just what we eat… It’s also when we eat!

Are you a late night eater? Well, it’s time to change that habit as eating food late at night triggers obesity.  Researchers at Salk Institute in a study on mice have found that limiting eating hours to a 12- hour window, for example from 8 a.m to 8 p.m., and fasting for the rest of the time can make a huge difference on whether fat is stored or burned up by the body and could help fight high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. They also caution against constant snacking and say that that restricting calories consumption to an 8 to 12 hour period can protect you from lifestyle diseases.

Source: The Hindu  4/12/14

A new system designed to change how people test their glucose levels is in clinical trials and is expected to be launched soon. It eliminates the need for routine finger pricks. Blood glucose readings are taken through a small sensor worn on the body that automatically measures, captures and stores glucose data for 8 hours. The system is designed to provide both patients and doctors of a visual snapshot of a typical day. It also allows doctors to make better decisions in patient care. At the moment intermittent testing does not give a full picture of the daily pattern due to the pain and hassle of testing.

Source: Diabetes Update Summer 2014

Neuropathy in the brain

Are there any changes in the brain due to peripheral neuropathy?  Earlier considered a peripheral nervous system disease, in a first such study on T1DM subjects researchers have found that grey matter volume in regions associated with sensory perception was significantly lower in people with diabetic neuropathy. 

New findings could lead to better assessment, monitoring and improved treatments for the condition.

Source: Diabetes Update Summer 2014

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have found that periods of overnight hypo often go undetected and can cause unexpectedly long periods of very slow heart rate in older patients who have Type 2 DM as well as associated heart problems. It could also explain the ‘dead in bed’ syndrome – a rare condition in Type 1 DM patients who experience high rates of overnight hypos. 

The findings suggest that all people with diabetes should be aware of the risk of running low sugars overnight.

Source: Diabetes Update Summer 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Power Salads for a Healthy Diet

Some foods which are really very healthy, many a times, get reduced in importance and are considered as side dishes. Here are some very healthy choices that you can use as salads.

Tomatoes : This contains a lot of antioxidants that help in decreasing the risk of arterial aging, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, impotence and wrinkling of the skin.

Broccoli : It is high in vitamin C and dietary fibre and contain nutrients with anti- cancer properties.

Fish: Packed with protein, vitamins and nutrients that can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Black beans (Urad) : Low in fat and high in protein and fibre they have anti- oxidant and anti- inflammatory  properties which combat cardiovascular disease.

ARUGULA (Tara Mira)

CABBAGE                                        SPINACH

Leafy greens: Spinach, cabbage and arugula, are rich sources of Vitamin B and pack a punch. One serving of leafy greens is loaded with fibre, calcium and almost the entire day’s recommended dose of beta carotene which is vital for immune system health.

While buying arugula leaves or rocket leaves, look for young crispy green leaves. Avoid flowered harvest, as its leaves are tough and bitter in taste. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ideal Diabetic Footwear

The DiaStep TM (shown above) is a unique product of research between M.V. Hospital for Diabetes and   the Central Leather Research Institute , Chennai, supported by Novo Nordisk Educational Foundation. It is specially designed for diabetic patients who have neuropathy, minor foot deformation and foot complication.

Special features:
  • A PU sole with extra depth for effective pressure distribution.
  • A special tread for extra depth sole for better grip and traction.
  • A specially designed insole bed and foam layer for added comfort
  • A rigid counter to ensure limited joint mobility.
  • A specially designed upper with leather lining for comfortable wear.
  • Adjustable Velcro fasteners to accommodate changes in foot volume.
  • A special angle of slant on the sole to give the ‘rocker’ effect which eases pressure from the plantar surface of the feet.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tips on Choosing Foot wear

When you have diabetes, the type of shoes you wear is very important.
The following are some important tips.
  • Buy shoes in the evening because your feet swell a little during the day.
  • Get your feet measured while standing, each time you buy shoes. Feet change in shape and size as neuropathy progresses. 
  • Footwear should be well- fitting and comfortable when you buy it. 
  • DON’T wear ill- fitting shoes. They usually cause ulcers on the pressure points.
  • Shoes should fit both the length and the width of the foot. The toe-box should be sufficiently long, broad and deep so that toes are not cramped.
  • DON’T expect tight shoes to stretch after use. 
  • DON’T use footwear with toe grips, toe rings or thongs between the  toes.

  • It is advisable to use sandals inside and outside the house. Use Velcro, adjustable laces, or straps to fasten footwear. 

  • DON’T wear tight shoes, shoes with heels more than an inch, or shoes with pointed toes. They put too much pressure on parts of the foot and cause ulcers, corns and calluses. 

  • Use therapeutic shoes and inserts for calluses. Moulded insoles are available to suit your foot.
  • The inner lining of footwear should be made of soft material, free of in- seam to protect the foot from blisters.
  • Leather breathes better than any other material. It absorbs the wetness of perspiration and allows moisture to evaporate. Wet skin could macerate, especially between the toes. Macerated skin spreads infection.
  • DON’T wear footwear made of nylon or plastic.

  • Wear clean, dry, cotton socks with shoes to prevent blisters. 
  • Wear custom-made footwear prescribed by a podiatrist.
  • Check shoes and socks for any foreign objects daily after you take them off, and check your feet too.
  • Run a hand around the inside of footwear to detect rough, worn-out places. 
  • DON’T wear worn-out shoes, replace them immediately. Change them every 6-8 months.

  • Use walking shoes or sports shoes while exercising.     
  • Change your shoes after 5 hours of wearing them during the day to change pressure points.
  • Don’t wear new shoes continuously. Wear them for 1-2 hours each day for the first few days.
Finally… always remember to show your feet and your footwear to your doctor.

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