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65 million people in India have diabetes, say health experts
PANAJI: In India, there are 65 million people living with diabetes and the annual coronary deaths are expected to reach 4 million in 2030, said director, Centre for Chronic Disease Control, professor D Prabhakaran.
He was speaking at the ongoing 50th international cardiovascular disease prevention training seminar in south Goa. Prabhakaran said chronic diseases contribute to an estimated 53% of deaths in India and 44% of disability-adjusted life-years lost. Prabhakaran, also a current chair of the International Society of Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, is co-hosting the seminar with professor Nikhil Tandon, department of endocrinology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. Over 60 participants from 25 countries are attending the seminar.

Doctors worry as diabetes among children on the rise
LUDHIANA: When one-year-old Mansi (name changed) visited the hospital, she was healthy looking, but extremely drowsy, cranky and fatigued. When her haemoglobin was checked, it was found that her blood sugar level was more than 400. The doctors were shocked to see a toddler suffering from such an acute case of diabetes. At Deep Hospital, children with triple diseases of wheat allergy, diabetes and hypothyroidism have become a common occurrence. The worst part is that the diseases of wheat allergy and hypothyroidism are stemming from diabetes, which in turn, is preventable. It seems like Ludhiana is suffering from diabetes epidemic, especially in children. In the recent times, the city has seen an unprecedented surge in the cases of diabetes among children of five to ten years age groups. Dr Baldeep Singh from Deep Hospital shares, “We see two new patients every day. The cases of diabetes among children have increased significantly. Right now, we have more than 100 patients in our ward of children suffering from diabetes.”

Public Health Foundation of India and Eli Lilly to fight diabetes and high BP
MUMBAI: The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and pharma company Eli Lilly have launched 'Uday', a five-year programme to fight the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD), with an initial focus on improving outcomes for people with diabetes and high blood pressure. 'Uday' is funded by an unrestricted educational grant to PHFI under Eli Lilly's $30- million global initiative to tackle non-communicable diseases in four countries including India. The primary partners for 'Uday' in India are the Public Health Foundation, Population Services International (PSI) and Project HOPE. Based on the unique research, report and advocate framework, the programme aims to demonstrate cost-effective scalable approaches for effective diabetes and high blood pressure management. Through this approach, the programme will focus on sharing results with key stakeholders, including government and the global health community to encourage adoption of the best solutions.

Low Thyroid Hormone Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
People with prediabetes and low thyroid function were more than twice as likely to progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to those with normal thyroid-hormone levels in a new study1 published September 30 in the journal BMC Medicine. The six-year study of blood levels of nearly 2,000 individuals suggests a preventive role for vitamin D3 in this disease. For the study, researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands followed 8,492 adults, ages 54 to 74, for nearly eight years. At the start, 1,338 had prediabetes and 7,114 had normal blood sugar levels. After 7.9 years, 798 had developed type 2 diabetes. Overall, low thyroid function—even in the low-normal range—increased risk for diabetes by 13%. But among those with prediabetes, the risk for progressing to type 2 diabetes ranged from 15% for those with normal thyroid function to 35% for those with signs of low function. Even “low normal” thyroid functioning increased risk. By comparing the serum concentrations of the predominant circulating form of vitamin D - 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) - investigators were able to determine the optimal serum level needed to lower an individual's risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Though not as well known as neuropathy in the hands and feet, hearing loss can be a complication of uncontrolled diabetes. Here’s how to protect your ears when you live with diabetes and identify the symptoms of hearing loss. A Surprising Complication
Ed Weinsberg wasn’t surprised when he developed burning sensations in his feet in 2006. His health care provider had told him he might experience this sign of peripheral neuropathy, a side effect of his recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Medication helped reduce the sensations. But a few years ago, Ed, 62, a former rabbi and author living in Sarasota, Florida, began to experience frustrating problems with his hearing. “Every sentence began with, ‘What did you say?’ ” he says. “My ear, nose, and throat doctor wasn’t sure what was behind it.” By then Ed had already lost 50 percent of his hearing in his left ear. “But I suspected there might be a connection with my diabetes. I know it reduces blood flow to other parts of the body.” Ed was onto something. Research shows that people with uncontrolled type 1 or type 2 diabetes are twice as likely as others to experience hearing loss. In a large study of people ages 20–69, researchers from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases found a strong association between diabetes and hearing problems, emerging as early as age 30.

Top 6 survival skills for diabetes
Diabetes affects millions of people and is a very serious lifelong health problem. However, keeping diabetes in control is a difficult task as more than half of the care for diabetes is self driven. This makes it important to be self-aware, and skilled in these care methods. Today, on World Diabetes Day 2012, Ms. Sunita Pathania - Sr. Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Healthy Living Diet Clinic, Mumbai, shares a few steps to help you manage diabetes better. Survival step 1: Diabetes and its treatment Diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar. It cannot be completely cured but it can definitely be managed. There are basically two types of diabetes, the first being Type 1 diabetes, wherein the body's immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Due to low insulin level, it is treated with daily insulin injections and a healthy diet. The second type is Type 2 diabetes, here the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or does not use insulin efficiently. It is treated by implementing a diet modification, exercise plan or oral medication. Survival step 2: Time-to-time medication Medicines and injections are very important to manage your diabetes level. Whichever medicines your doctor prescribes for you, take detailed information about its dosage, and follow it the way advised by your doctor. Whenever you make any appointment with any healthcare professional, take the list of all the medicines you have been advised to manage your diabetes level, to avoid any medicinal complications. Survival step 3: The right FOOD You need to take heed to what you eat to manage diabetes. Follow a diet planned for you by your dietician to maintain your weight and to lower your blood sugar. Never skip meals and eat three small meals to keep blood sugar level in control. Survival step 4: Self-tests

Short Walks After Meals Can Help Reduce Diabetes
Wellington: Taking a short walk after meals, particularly when they contain a substantial amount of carbohydrates, can help people with Type 2 diabetes reduce their blood sugar levels, a study has found. The findings showed that post-meal blood sugar levels dropped 12 per cent on average when the participants followed the "walking after meals" advice compared to walking at any time of the day. "Most of this effect came from the highly significant 22 per cent reduction in blood sugar when walking after evening meals, which were the most carbohydrate heavy, and were followed by the most sedentary time," said lead author Andrew Reynolds from University of Otago in New Zealand. Post-meal glucose is regarded as an important target in managing Type 2 diabetes, given its independent contribution to overall blood sugar control and cardiovascular risk, added Jim Mann, professor at University of Otago.

Male Workers More Affected By Diabetes: Survey
New Delhi: Women in the corporate sector are less afflicted with diabetes than men, show results of a survey by a health insurance company. Further, the average claims for diabetes-related ailments made by men is almost 13 per cent higher than women, showing that women are managing their diabetes better than their male counterparts, said the study by Apollo Munich Health Insurance In order to understand the trend in diabetes, Apollo Munich conducted the study on 800,000 corporate health insurance customers across the country. The findings also revealed that incidence of diabetes takes a huge leap by 20 per cent between 46-60 years among the corporate workforce, as compared to those between 36-45 years.