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Schoolgirls vow to adopt healthy eating habits, exercise

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Over 200 girls from four city schools put their foot forward on World Diabetes Day and pledged to follow a regimen of healthy eating and exercise.

Students from Bishop Cotton Girls, Goodwill Girl, Vagdevi Vilas and Oxford took part in the walk organised by Novo Nordisk. They marched around their schools promoting exercise and creating awareness on diabetes. Sportspersons Ashwini Nachappa and Pankaj Advani also took part in the march.

All over the world, every 30 seconds, a person loses his/her leg due to diabetes-related complications. However, about 85 per cent of the amputations are avoidable, according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). That is why along with the International Diabetes Federation, this year's World Diabetes Day slogan is "Put Feet First Prevent Amputations."

There are over 35 million persons with diabetes in India and by 2025, the World Health Organisation estimates the figure to go up to 73.5 million.

World over, diabetes at present affects more than 194 million people and by 2025, it is expected to affect 333 million persons.

A. Ramachandran of M.V. Hospital for Diabetes and Diabetic Research says that 65 per cent of the diabetic population in the country does not use proper footwear or follow any proper system of foot care and among the 35 per cent, who followed some foot care procedure, only two per cent received family members' help.

Over 100 persons participated in the M.V. Diabetes Clinic rally held from Basava Bhavan to the clinic premises in Vyalikaval. The function was presided over by the Deputy Director of Health and Family Welfare B.N. Dhanyakumar.

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