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Diabetes: leading a healthy life with minimal medication

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to stay fit: Participants of the camp with dignitaries.
to stay fit: Participants of the camp with dignitaries.

In connection with the World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, a seminar was conducted in Chennai by www.HealthierDiabetic.In to bring to light various avenues that are available for the diabetic community to lead a healthier life with minimal or even no medication. The event was held at German Hall, T. Nagar.

Dr Padmapriya Ranganath, a practising Siddha physician, talked about ‘How food is medicine and how medicine is also food'. Specifically for diabetes, she recalled how the various ingredients in the kitchen could be used to make a significant difference.

Dr. Vasantha Krishnaswamy vividly explained the power of therapies such as Mudra, Magneto therapy, Pranayama and Sujok both in her speech and in her demonstrations. She said that such therapies could be practiced by everybody regardless of their age or physical condition whenever they find time and without any cost as well. Dr. Cliff Saldanha, a Pranic Healer, explained how the practice of removing “drishti” by grandmothers using salt promoted health even for infants. Shri Raghavan, DGM of Star Health Insurance, spoke about their Diabetes Safe Insurance policy specially designed to support diabetics in getting treatment for the complications relating to their eyes, kidneys and feet by paying a reasonable premium.

V S Badri Narayanan, CEO of NRich Software, the promoters of www.HealthierDiabetic.In, spoke of the highlights of the web portal including a software called DiaSof that would help diabetics store, analyse and report the details of their lab tests and also access them from anywhere in the world.

Santhi Balaraman, cookery consultant, shared her ideas and thoughts on how to prepare healthy and tasty food for diabetics from items that are freely available. She suggested that the addition of vegetables and greens in tiffin items such as idli or oothappam would make them wholesome to a large extent and provide the much-needed balance to a diabetic. She gave away prizes for sugar-free recipes from the audience.

Dr. Mythily, music therapist, talked of the science behind the efficacy of music in helping diabetics by rejuvenating the beta calls in secretion of adequate insulin.

Dr AVG Reddy spoke about the power of being aligned to nature in restoring great health. He made a startling observation when he mentioned that everyone has the potential to live up to 300 years with great health if they moved away from cooked food and processed foods towards vegetables and fruits.

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