Out of the total population of Pune,14 per cent are diabetic and out of every 100 diabetic patients,five are Type I,says city-based diabetologist Dr Abhya Mutha,who is also the president and founder of Diabetes Care and Research foundation (DCRF). He says the Type I diabetic patients are mostly children,adding that their number has increased rapidly in the last few years.
Children with Type I diabetes have no option but to depend on insulin and regular monitoring. Regular check-ups,monitoring and insulin or insulin pumps are costly and unaffordable for such children from poor families, says Dr Mutha.
At a press conference on Monday,he announced a programme to be held on November 14,the World Diabetes Day,in association with Lions Club International. The programme will start with a road show on diabetes from Sarasbaug to Tilak Smarak,which will be flagged off by former Indian hockey team caption Sandeep Singh in the presence of former cricketer Chandu Borde.
While Type 2 Diabetes is a big worry,Type 1 diabetes among small children is growing rapidly and is a cause of big concern, says Mutha. If regular monitoring is not done,children run a risk of affecting their kidneys,eyes and heart at a later stage. They can also be prone to infections, adds Mutha.
According to him,while awareness about diabetes and the importance of fitness is increasing in the city,youngsters,especially those in the age group of 20-35,are turning a blind eye to preventive measures for Type II diabetes. The global incidence of diabetes is growing at an alarming rate,with more than 371 million people worldwide living with the condition. The International Diabetes Federation has reported that while India had 63 million diabetic patients in 2012,the figure would rise to 101.2 million by 2030.
Mutha says issues like stress and bad lifestyle have to be addressed. Stress has been taken for granted,and youngsters must force their organisations or companies to have healthy or diet food options in their canteens. Homemade food or simple Maharashtrian food is the best option, he says,adding that people must also exercise for 150-180 minutes every week,including 30 minutes of jogging,skipping and brisk walking. Just reducing the weight by 10 per cent can do wonders to an individual as a lot of risks are reduced, says Mutha.
DCRF has adopted 279 children as of now in Maharashtra and has given away 17 insulin pumps. The foundation plans to donate seven to 10 insulin pumps to the needy every year.