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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. This year sees the second of a five-year campaign that will address the growing need for diabetes education and prevention programmes.

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign slogan for 2010 is 'Let's take control of diabetes Now.'

Where is it celebrated?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide by the over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all Member States of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.

M.V. Centre for Diabetes, Mylapore
(A branch of M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, Royapuram) & Inner Wheel club of Adyar
have organized a pledge taking by students and children with Diabetes and World Diabetes Day Lighting on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 5.p.m at Kalaignar Maaligai, Queen Mary’s College, Chennai. (Opposite to Gandhi Statue, Marina Beach, Next to DGP office).

Thiru.P.Sakthivelu, I.P.S Joint commissioner of police, South Zone, Chennai has consented to be the chief Guest and swith on the World Diabetes Day lighting
Mr. Sakthi Film Actor has consented to be the Guest of Honour and administer the pledge. Dr. Tmt. K. Ambujam Principal, QMC will felicitate.

M.V Hospital for Diabetes and Prof. M.Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre have organized the Meet the Medical Experts Panel discussion on diabetes for public)to create awareness about the prevention and diabetes and its complications on world diabetes day, November 14, 2010 and Launch a Diabetes self care kit at GRT Grand Convention Centre, 120, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T.Nagar, Chennai on Sunday the 14th November 2010 from 11.00 am

Thiru. Shiv Das Meena, I.A.S
Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation Ltd., Chennai has consented to be the Chief Guest.
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy
Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai has consented to be the Guest of Honour.

The Experts for Panel Discussion
Chairman & Director, Cardiac Care Centre
Sri Ramachandra University

Dr. Namperumalsamy
Chairman Emeritus – Aravind Eye Hospital,

Dr. V.Balaji
Senior Vascular Surgeon, Appollo Hospitals, Chennai
Prof. Dr. E.S. Krishnamoorthy
Hon.Secretary, VHS, Chennai

Dr. P.B. Sivaraman
Former Prof. and Head of Urology, Madras Medical College.
Consultant Urologist, Appollo Hospitals, Chennai

Dr. Gokulnath
Prof & Head of the Dept. of Nephrology, St.Johns Medical College, Bangalore

Dr. Gita Arjun
Director, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, E.V. Kalyani Medical Centre, Chennai

Dr. Varsha
Consultant Clinical Nutritionist, Chennai

Dr. Vijay Viswanathan
Managing Director, M.V. Hospital for Diabetes (P) Ltd, Royapuram, Chennai

Each year World Diabetes Day is centred on a theme related to diabetes. Topics covered in the past have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, and the costs of diabetes. Recent themes include:
2005: Diabetes and Foot Care
2006: Diabetes in the Disadvantaged and the Vulnerable
2007-2008: Diabetes in Children and Adolescents
2009-2013: Diabetes Education and Prevention

The World Diabetes Day logo

The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign. The logo was adopted in 2007 to mark the passage of the United Nations World Diabetes Day Resolution. The significance of the blue circle symbol is overwhelmingly positive. Across cultures, the circle symbolizes life and health. The colour blue reflects the sky that unites all nations and is the colour of the United Nations flag. The blue circle signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic.

Diabetes education and prevention Understand diabetes and take control:

Diabetes Education and Prevention is the World Diabetes Day theme for the period 2009-2013. The campaign calls on all those responsible for diabetes care to understand diabetes and take control. For people with diabetes, this is a message about empowerment through education. For governments, it is a call to implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes to safeguard the health of their citizens with and at risk of diabetes. For healthcare professionals, it is a call to improve knowledge so that evidence-based recommendations are put into practice. For the general public, it is a call to understand the serious impact of diabetes and know, where possible, how to avoid or delay diabetes and its complications.

The key messages of the campaign are:
* Know the diabetes risks and know the warning signs
*Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to
*Know how to manage diabetes and take control

Campaign Objectives
The objectives for the 2009-2013 campaign were informed by the work of the Federation’s Consultative Section on Education and its Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention. The objectives were further informed by the World Health Organization’s 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.

The campaign goals are to:
*Encourage governments to implement and strengthen policies for the prevention and control of diabetes and its complications.
*Disseminate tools to support national and local initiatives for the prevention and management of diabetes and its complications.
*Illustrate the importance of evidence-based education in the prevention and management of diabetes and its complications.
*Raise awareness of the warning signs of diabetes and promote action to encourage early diagnosis.
*Raise awareness of and promote action to reduce the main modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
*Raise awareness and promote action to prevent or delay the complications of diabetes.

Diabetes prevention

At present, type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented. The environmental triggers that are thought to generate the process that results in the destruction of the body’s insulin-producing cells are still under investigation. Type 2 diabetes, however, can be prevented in many cases by maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. Studies in China, Finland and the United States have confirmed this.

Putting aside arguments over the quality of the data and methodologies employed, the last thirty years have seen a rapid increase in type 2 diabetes. In 1985, an estimated 30 million people worldwide had diabetes. A little over a decade later, the figure had risen to over 150 million. Today, according to IDF figures, it exceeds 285 million. Unless action is taken to implement effective prevention and control programmes, IDF predicts that the total number of people with diabetes will reach 435 million by 2030. It is increasingly apparent that the explosion in diabetes will overwhelm healthcare systems everywhere and subvert the gains of economic development. It is important for the diabetes world to communicate a consistent message that investment in diabetes education and diabetes prevention programmes will save money in the long term and deliver significant returns in quality of life for people with diabetes and people at high risk of diabetes.

The World Diabetes Day campaign’s approach to primary prevention is informed by the IDF Consensus on Type 2 Diabetes Prevention (2007). The consensus proposes a simple three step plan for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in those at increased risk.

IDF recommends that all people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes be identified through opportunistic and self-screening. People at high risk can be easily identified through a simple questionnaire to assess risk factors such as age, waist circumference, family history, cardiovascular history and gestational history.

Once identified, people at high risk of diabetes should have their plasma glucose levels measured by a health professional to detect Impaired Fasting Glucose or Impaired Glucose Tolerance, both of which indicate an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Prevention efforts should target those at risk in order to delay or avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes.

There is substantial evidence that achieving a healthy body weight and moderate physical activity can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. In primary prevention there is an important role for the diabetes educator to help people understand the risks and set realistic goals to improve health. IDF recommends a goal of at least 30 minutes of daily exercise, such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling or dancing. Regular walking for at least 30 minutes per day, for example, has been shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 35-40%.

World Diabetes Day will promote greater awareness of the risk factors for diabetes and encourage best-practice sharing in diabetes prevention. The campaign will ask diabetes stakeholders to call on UN Member States to follow through on the promise of the UN Resolution on diabetes and develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of their healthcare systems.

Understand diabetes: know the warning signs

The warning signs* of diabetes include:
*Frequent urination
*Excessive thirst
*Increased hunger
*Weight loss
*Lack of interest and concentration
*Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu)
*A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet
*Frequent infections
*Slow-healing wounds
*These can be mild or absent in people with type 2 diabetes.

If you show these signs, seek medical attention!

Diabetes risk factors

There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes. They include:
*Obesity and overweight
*Lack of exercise
*Previously identified glucose intolerance
*Unhealthy diet
*Increased age
*High blood pressure and high cholesterol
*A family history of diabetes
*A history of gestational diabetes
*Ethnicity - higher rates of diabetes have been reported in Asians, Hispanics, Indigenous peoples (USA, Canada, Australia) and African Americans.

If you think you are at risk of type 2 diabetes, get tested!
Let's take control of diabetes. Now.

2010 marks the second year of the five-year focus on Diabetes education and prevention", the theme selected by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization for World Diabetes Day 2009-2013.
The campaign slogan is: "Let's take control of diabetes. Now."
For the general public and people at high risk of diabetes, the focus will be on raising awareness of diabetes and disseminating tools for the prevention of diabetes. For people with diabetes, the focus will be on disseminating tools to improve knowledge of diabetes in order to better understand the condition and prevent complications. For governments and policy-makers, efforts will focus on advocacy aimed at communicating the cost-effective implications of diabetes prevention strategies and promoting diabetes education as a core component of diabetes management and treatment.
The key messages of the campaign, developed for different target groups, are:
*Know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Early diagnosis saves lives.
*Diabetes prevention and treatment is simple and cost-effective. Put it on top of the agenda.
*Your child could be affected. Know the warning signs. See your doctor to measure the risk.
*Enjoy an active life and prevent complications.

World Diabetes Day
Message from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
World Diabetes Day, on the 14th November every year, has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event to increase awareness about diabetes. World Diabetes Day is proving internationally effective in spreading the message about diabetes.
World Diabetes Day message

‘Beat Diabetes’


To Prevent and control diabetes

Take a well balanced diet, include cereals & whole grains, pulses& dhal, greens and vegetables, milk and milk products, fruits, nuts in your daily diet.

Restrict the intake of refined food products, deep fried food items, junk food etc

Balance your food intake with your activity.

World Diabetes Day blue buildings
Each World Diabetes Day famous buildings and monuments all over the world are lit up in blue. This powerful and striking image helps to spread the message about World Diabetes Day to diabetics and non-diabetics alike.

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