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Juvenile diabetes: doctors asked not to ignore symptoms

D. Radhakrishnan
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Sathya Sai Seva Organisation organises mega diabetes camp

Villagers attending a diabetes camp organised by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation at Yellanhalli near Udhagamandalam on Saturday.
Villagers attending a diabetes camp organised by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation at Yellanhalli near Udhagamandalam on Saturday.

The medical sector should not ignore warning signs on the juvenile diabetes front in The Nilgiris, said V. Mohan, President, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation.

Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a mega diabetes camp organised by the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, The Nilgiris Chapter in association with the Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre at Yellanhalli near here on Sunday, he said that the presence of some children among the hundreds of patients screened and counselled at the camp was a worrying development.

Lamenting that a few of them fall under the type two category, he underscored the need to identify the contributory factors for the development.

Children suffering from the malady should also be taught how to manage it properly.

Adverting to a case relating to a child from a nearby village who was being administered insulin regularly by his mother, he said that such dependence could turn out to be counter productive in the long run. Insulin dependent children should be trained early to use the syringes properly.

Stating that lack of awareness about the disorder particularly in the rural areas was a major source of concern, Dr. Mohan said that the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation mainly focused on the villagers. Lifestyle changes are necessary to keep diabetes at bay. The diabetes-TB-AIDS link should be made known to all sections of society.

A follow up camp on a smaller scale would be conducted at Yellanhalli in May. The possibility of making such camps an annual feature would also be explored.

The President of the Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, S. Ramu, said that over 1,200 persons mainly belonging to the underprivileged sections of society had benefited from the two day camp.

In addition to diagnosis and treatment, an exhibition on the food items that should be consumed for leading a health life was also organised.

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