There are more than 400 million people in the world suffering from Diabetes and the number is set to increase to almost 600 million by 2030, revealed Dr Mohan, Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre in Chennai and President and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation.
Dr Mohan is visiting Kuwait on invitation by Indian Doctors Forum (IDF), a gathering of Indian doctors in Kuwait involved in community services, and as part of their biennial medical oration program, invited Dr. V. Mohan, to deliver this year’s oration.
Speaking at a press conference Dr Mohan pointed out that Diabetes in the past was thought of as a ‘rich man’s disease’ but nowadays even the poorest of the poor are affected by it, and this has become a big problem.
Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Over 90 percent of the cases diagnosed as being diabetic are suffering from Diabetes mellitus, or type 2 Diabetes. Control and treatment involve a healthy diet, physical exercise, not using tobacco and being a normal body weight.
He explained that diabetes can be caused among other things by a daily diet rich in rice or wheat and lack of exercise, as well as an increase in stress levels. As the world population grows diabetes is increasingly becoming a cause for concern the world over. “Among the countries most affected by diabetes are India, China and the Middle-East. It is estimated that one in five people walking on the streets of Kuwait are suffering from diabetes.
Speaking about the preventive measures that can be taken to prevent diabetes, Dr. Mohan said, “Diabetes can be prevented in the early stages itself by following easy steps like walking daily and having lots of fruits and vegetables. Having a colorful plate of fruits in the morning and eating green for lunch or dinner helps you prevent diabetes. Going for a regular follow up with the doctor, getting your blood sugar checked regularly can also help you keep everything at normal.
Also, he suggested getting a pedometer or a pedometer app on the cell phone, which tells us the number of steps we have walked in a day. A person is supposed to walk 10,000 steps to stay healthy and prevent not only diabetes, but also many other diseases like cholesterol, obesity, blood pressure.
Dr. Mohan has received over 130 awards including the prestigious Dr. B.C. Roy National Award by the Medical Council of India and the Basanthi Devi Amirchand Prize from the Indian Council of Medical Research. Dr. Mohan also provides life long free treatment to thousands of poor patients through the free diabetic clinics established by him and has conducted over 2000 free diabetes camps.
For his extensive contribution in the field of diabetes in 2012, Dr. Mohan was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards from the Government of India.
By Madhuri Awale/