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, October 4, 2012

Nordic walking

Nordic walking - One of the fastest growing exercises in the UK.

It is a type of walking-gliding movement that burns more calories and increases overall fitness and strength, tones the upper and lower body,  puts less pressure on the knees and joints and improves balance.

You will need light but strong Nordic walking poles, special gloves or straps and removable rubber tips for use on not grassy areas. Learn the simple technique and you are set to go.!

Visit www.uk-nordic-walking for ‘teach-yourself’ videos and more information.

Remember… before you start, ask your doctor if it is right for you, to adjust your medicines, and how often you need to test for blood glucose.
- balance,  September  – October 2012

Twins and Type 1 Diabetes

The risk of Type 1 Diabetes is 15 times higher than in the general population when a close relative - parent or sibling- has been diagnosed with it.

If a brother or sister is diagnosed with it, the risk of developing Type 1 diabetes is 10 %,

With non- identical twins, the risk is 10% -19. 5%, but with identical twins the risk shoots up to 30 –70 %.

- balance , September  – October 2012
Type 2 diabetes now common among children too.

Type 2 Diabetes is usually associated with adults but a study conducted in Chennai shows an increasing trend of Type 2 Diabetes among children and adolescents.

Startling facts:

• About 26%  diagnosed were under 15 years of age.
• Prevalence greater  among girls than boys.
• Life style factors play a huge role. Obesity is on the rise among children in private schools.They are mostly from affluent homes.
• Researchers have also observed a high prevalence of micro- vascular complications typical of Type 2 Diabetes- retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy among children.

- The Hindu
Meals that heal:

Cereal power-  The Goodness of Oats

• Oatmeal and oat bran are rich in dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which helps to lower blood cholesterol.
• Oats helps to slow down the rise in blood sugar after a meal and also delays its absorption into the cells .The soluble fibre forms a gel- like structure while passing through the digestive tract. This increases the viscosity of the contents of the stomach and small intestine and delays the absorption of carbs into the bloodstream  –necessary forpeople trying to lose  weight  and for people with diabetes.
• Oats also has a good balance of essential fatty acids and is a good source of vitamins such as folic acid, thiamine, and minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese,  and  zinc .
• Regular consumption helps maintain healthy blood pressure.

Tip- Roasting helps add taste to the oats.

- The Hindu 
A wake-up call for India’s50-plus club 

A Prevalence of Risk Factors study by the WHO conducted among males and females aged 50 and more across 6 countries including India, shows that this age group faces serious risk of chronic diseases.

87.95% men and 93.5 % women in the group have insufficient nutrition intake while 24% men and 26% women have low physical activity.

Around 1 in 4 men and an equal number of women suffer from high blood pressure.

Almost 3 in 4 men and over 4 in 5 women have high risk abdominal obesity that greatly increases Cardio-Vascular Disease risk.

The biggest underlying risk factor for chronic disease in older people is high blood pressure.
- (Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health)
Nearly 1.3% males above 50 years and 3% Indian women are obese.
                                                                               - (Ageing in the 21st century – UNFPA)

India has around 90 million elderly and the number is expected to increase to 315 million, which is 20% of the total population, by 2050. Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Orissa, West Bengal, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have higher proportion of elderly population.

Older people in developing countries have almost 3 times the occurrence ofvisual impairment than those in the developed world. The study found that about 65% of elderly suffer from a chronic ailment of which arthritis/rheumatism, hypertension cataract and diabetes are most prevalent in that order. About 1/3 of the elderly suffer from 2 or more chronic ailments simultaneously.

Currently 1 in 9 persons the world over is 60 years or above. This figure is projected to increase to 1 in 5 by 2050.  While increasing longevity is one of humanity’s greatest achievements, population ageing is a phenomenon which cannot be ignored.

A combined study by various agencies -(UNFPA, Institute for Social and Economic Change Bengaluru, Institute for Economic Growth- Delhi, Tata institute of Social Sciences Mumbai)       
  -  Times of India

 ‘Chair disease’ - the big risk in office

A research by the University of Sydney found that the increase in use of computers has almost negated the benefits of improved workstation design and posture. Spending hours in front of a computer screen in the office poses serious health problems including heart disease, diabetes and obesity. 

‘Work station design  has come a long way since the 80’s and they are good changes but the proportion of people reporting symptoms has not changed much despite this … and is not enough to keep up with health issues that arise from paperless IT-dominated offices.’  – Karen Griffiths, lead author of the study.

-  Times of India

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