Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Control of blood pressure was very essential for diabetes patients and a regular check up must be done to prevent more complications, A. J. Asirvatham, diabetologist at Government Rajaji Hospital here, said on Thursday.

According to him, every diabetic has to go for a BP check up once a month and if it is neglected there would be further problems for the patient.

He was speaking at the launch of `One Touch Ultra2' diabetes self-monitor kit introduced by LifeScan, a division of Johnson and Johnson Company.

Dr. Asirvatham said that regular monitoring of blood glucose played a major role in the management of diabetes and weekly tests would be the right approach.

He said that persons with diabetes could lead a normal life if they took steps for control through physical exercises and right diet.

N. Kasirajan, senior consultant physician and cardiologist at the Apollo Speciality Hospitals, stressed that changing lifestyle and food habits lead to diabetes, even at very early stage in life.

"Daily exercises and good food habits will help in preventing diabetes. If more vegetables and fruits are taken, it will be helpful in prevention," Dr. Kasirajan said.

Earlier, giving an overview of the alarming incidence of diabetes in the country, G. Chandramohan, diabetologist, Apollo Hospital, said that more than 10 per cent of India's population was found to be diabetic as per medical survey reports.