KARNATAKA

Country has 2.5-crore diabetics

Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math inaugurating the first annual conference of RSSDI in Mysore on Saturday.

Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math inaugurating the first annual conference of RSSDI in Mysore on Saturday.  

MYSORE, JULY 24. The first State-level conference of the Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) began here on Saturday with more than 400 delegates from different parts of South India participating in the proceedings.

Inaugurating the two-day conference, the seer of Suttur Math, Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, expressed concern over the high incidence of diabetes in the country, and emphasised the need for creating an awareness about the disease among the people and steps to prevent the same. To overcome the disease, which led to complications such as heart attacks and amputation of limbs following gangrene, the swamiji called upon people to adopt a lifestyle that included regular exercise and precautionary diet.

However, the swamiji expressed happiness over the advances in research on diabetes in recent years, and called upon experts in the field to ensure that its benefits reached the common man.

M.V. Govindappa, noted physician, who released a souvenir on the occasion, called upon medical practitioners to upgrade their knowledge and equip themselves to treat patients efficiently in tune with the advances made.

Quoting statistics of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Govindappa said the number of diabetics in the world was increasing at an alarming rate. He said there were 17.7-crore diabetics in the world. Out of them, 2.5 crores were Indians. In the next two decades, the global figure would reach 37.7 crores and the Indian one 5.2 crores, he added.

Out of the 400 delegates participating in the conference, two were experts from the U.S. As part of the event, a diabetes awareness and public education programme has been arranged at Platinum Jubilee Auditorium, Mysore Medical College, J.K. Grounds, at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

H. Basavanagouda, president of the society's Karnataka chapter, presided over the function.

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