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Expo creates diabetes awareness

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preventive measure: Blood glucose of a woman being ascertained at the exhibition 'Diabtex - 2010' at the I.S. Hospital in Tiruchi on Thursday. Photo:M. Moorthy
preventive measure: Blood glucose of a woman being ascertained at the exhibition 'Diabtex - 2010' at the I.S. Hospital in Tiruchi on Thursday. Photo:M. Moorthy

Equipment for ascertaining blood glucose, pens for administering insulin, footwear for the benefit of diabetic patients and a well-arranged diet pyramid form part of the exhibits at the five-day exhibition under way in the city.

Organised by the ISNH Trust and the IS Diabetes and Hypertension Centre at I.S. Nursing Home, the bi-annual exhibition “Diabetex-2010” aims at sensitising masses to the preventive measures to check the disease. The expo addresses various issues such as dietary habits, proper use of ‘atta' with vital ingredients suited for the healthy diet of diabetic patients and creating confidence among the diabetics.

The applications of medical technology have come in handy for many industries in manufacturing patient-friendly devices, flour, equipment, and snacks. The use of a mobile-phone like equipment -- ‘SD Codefree” – gives a detailed account of the glucose results of pre and post meal tests. An alarm clock device reminds the patients to conduct the test four times every day.

“Junk food is one of the reasons of diabetes. We create awareness among the masses to avoid fast food. A demo on preparing oil-free dishes using a ‘roti maker provides tips to diabetics,” said N.S. Prasad, managing director of I.S. Nursing Home.

A couple of pyramids showing the diet, one for and another against the health of the diabetic patients clearly indicates the ‘absence of physical exercise sessions at schools results in obesity. To check obesity, we also create awareness among the visitors of the importance of work out sessions,” he added.

The ‘Atta multi grain comprising seven natural grains – wheat, soya, oats, maize, ragi, chana dal, barley besides iron, protein, calcium, B-vitamin is bound to bring about a change in the dietary habit of diabetic patients. An exclusive stall displays specially-designed footwear for the needy.

The footwear made of micro cellular poly propylene, ensures foot care, protecting the patients from wound, heel pain and calcaneal pain, according to Banumathy Raj, principal of I.S. School of Nursing. Charts on the impact of the disease on various organs, including kidney, heart and eyes are displayed at the exhibition which is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. till November 14.

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