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, July 11, 2013


Mrs. Sheela Paul, Dietitian
-  MVH


               Women in India have always been honoured and respected yet the majority of them go through life in a state of nutritional stress - they are anaemic and malnourished. Girls and women face nutritional discrimination within the family, eating the last and the least. Women work longer hours than men, carry the major share of household and community work, which is unpaid and invisible. Nowadays, more women work to support their families financially.

          So, women must take greater care of their nutrition in order to remain healthy and fit.
  Some surprising facts:
  • Women are at an equal or sometimes higher risk for developing pre- diabetes, diabetes and diabetes-related complications than men.
  • An increasing number of people with Diabetes belong to the middle and even lower socio- economic strata.

Healthy Tips for the Home maker and the Working Woman…

  • Plan an individualized diet according to  dietary habits and nutritional requirements with the help of health professionals.
  • Eat small regular meals at frequent intervals rather than heavy meals once or twice a day.
  • Avoid fasting and feasting.                 
  • Enjoy a variety of food.
  • Snack on fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Use low- fat milk and milk products.
  • Avoid nibbling high calorie food between meals.
  • Eat slowly and take more time to chew the food. You can control how much you eat.
  • Don’t eat left over foods.
  • Leave the table as soon you finish eating.
  • Stock your house with healthier food choices.
  • Shop for groceries after a full meal. If you are hungry you may buy more than you need!
  • Limit the amount of money you take with you when you go shopping.
  • Plan meals and snacks. 
Never forget to read the label on the containers. It will be very useful to calculate your calories and other nutrients. 


  • The time of exercise varies from person to person and his\her individual preference. Exercise should preferably be done in the morning hours.
  • One should avoid going for exercise after heavy meals like lunch and dinner.
  • Exercise reduces the triglyceride and cholesterol in the blood.
  • Exercise helps decrease excess fat and thereby increases the body’s cell sensitivity to insulin and helps maintain good glycemic control.
  • Do exercises like skipping, jumping, jogging at home. Avoid sitting in a place for long continue hours.


  • Reduce the time spent in watching TV.
  • During leisure time instead of watching TV try to do some walking on the terrace.
  • Do gardening.
  • Walk to the nearby temple or church and close- by places instead of using a vehicle.
  • Pick up your children from school.
  • Do not sleep during leisure time.
  • Climb the stairs instead of using the lift.
  • Park at the far end of the shopping centre parking lot and walk to the store. 



               To improve your body image and the way you feel about yourself, monitor your snacking and do your best to follow a disciplined eating routine. Eat balanced meals, exercise and maintain a positive outlook and you will be on your way to a healthier body, mind and soul.

Eat less, work more. Moderation is the key     

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