New Delhi: Experts have emphasised the need to adopt healthy lifestyle right from the early adulthood to avert the pandemic of diabetes engulfing the entire country because of its genetic propensity and unhealthy lifestyle.
Speaking at a function organised by Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (HIMSR), Jamia Hamdard here on Friday, Dr S V Madhu, professor and head, department of medicine and endocrinology, University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) and GTB Hospital, New Delhi, and former president of RSSDI (Research Society for the Study of Diabetes), mentioned the ongoing clinical trial of preventing diabetes by adopting healthy lifestyle and use of fenugreek and yoga.
Dr S Dwivedi, dean and professor of medicine and preventive cardiology, HIMSR narrated how Sushruta, a 500 BC surgeon, not only gave an appropriate description of diabetes but also the method to avert this avoidable catastrophe. He also dealt at length the interlink between cardiovascular diseases and diabetes — the concept of diabetes a coronary equivalent.
Role of some of the medicinal plants, which have beneficial effects on diabetes, were also discussed by Dr Dwivedi. Notable among them are: Aegle marmelos (Bael), Azadirachta indica (Neem), Catharanthus roseus (Sadabahar), Linum usitatissimum (Flaxseeds), Eugenia jambolana (Black Plum), Trigonella foenum graecum (Fenugreek).
HIMSR also organised a walk originating from the institute entrance gate to M B Road in South East Delhi around the Jamia Hamdard boundary wall on Friday morning in which not only young medical students but also its senior faculty and Vice Chancellor Dr G N Qazi, Registrar Dr F A Wani, and Dean Prof S Dwivedi took part. Students were carrying placards showing messages about signs and symptoms of diabetes and easy ways of prevention. Young girl students raised slogans about dangers of diabetes on heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
The institute also carried out a health camp at Madanpur Khadar Village focussing on early detection of diabetes in the village population. The camp was attended by 125 people, according to a statement by the institute.
HIMSR plans for another health check up camp at the Jamia Millia Islamia campus on Saturday to create awareness among its residents and staff. It is felt that the area of Delhi harbours maximum number of diabetic cases.
Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Hamdard recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to forge collaboration between HIMSR and Dental faculties. This will be a model for other institutions to follow for optimal utilisation of the professional resources, the statement said.
As a part of its Intensive Diabetes Prevention Fortnight, Jamia Hamdard has also decided to do diabetes screening of all patients attending its associated HAH Centenary Hospital for the next two weeks.