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22 pc of Keralites suffer from diabetes

Posted on Nov 16, 09:49PM | UNI

The prevalence of diabetes in Kerala is 22 per cent which is much higher than the prevalence in neighboring states.

Considering the seriousness of the issue, a state-wide diabetes awareness campaign 'Diabetes Kerala-2012' will be organised by Jothydev's Diabetes and Research Centre supported by International Diabetes Federation (IDF), here tomorrow.

The increased prevalence of diabetes has resulted in complications of diabetes and escalating costs in treating heart attacks, diabetes foot ulcer, kidney diseases, eye diseases and mental depressions, the research centre said in a press release here today.

As per the directions of the International Diabetes Federation, the global community had been observing World Diabetes Day since 1991. November is regarded as the diabetes awareness month. The unexpected rise of prevalence of diabetes in Kerala has to be attributed to abdominal obesity, secondary increase in the intake of fat and reduced physical activity.

Diabscreen Kerala, a major project of P Kesavadev Trust, has completed screening of more than 90,000 subjects all over Kerala in different districts.

The results of these camps were published and presented nationally and internationally. Considering the uncontrolled high cholesterol, sugars and blood pressure in the general population, most of the studies have concluded necessity for an organised and continuous awareness programme for the public.

In the State capital, the 'Diabetes Kerala-2012' would be launched by Union Minister of State for Labour Kodikunnil Suresh tomorrow.

Deputy Speaker N Sakthan would inaugurate 'Sugar Strokes' a cartoon and poster exhibitions and health exhibition.

Noted celebrity film actor and producer Maniyanpillai Raju will flag off K2K Blue wagon, the mobile diabetes awareness, campaign which travels from Kaliyikkavila to Kasaragod.

There will be free diabetes camps, laboratory tests, awareness lecturers, exhibitions and a special Teacher's diabetes training programme, aimed at emergency management of children with diabetes studying in schools and colleges.