The Nemcare Hospital in Guwahati celebrated World Diabetes Day on Saturday. The day-long celebration started with a walkathon by many people, which was flagged off at 6.30 AM from the hospital campus at the Bhangagharh area of the city.
The participants carried play cards and posters which helped in creating awareness regarding diabetes. T-shirts and caps were provided to every participant at the walkathon.
The walkathon was followed by a free diabetes awareness camp in which many people came in and got their blood sugar, blood pressure, height and weight tested and got counselling on dietary issues and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
As a part of the event, a poster-making competition and extempore speech competition were organized where nurses of the hospital took part.
The number of diabetes patients is highest in India next to China. Lifestyle, intake of junk foods plays a major role in causing diabetes. India is becoming a diabetic capital.Senior doctors of the pioneer health institution--Dr Mihir Baruah, Dr Anjali Baruah, Dr Hitesh Baruah and Dr Pranab Pathak spoke on different aspects of diabetes.
Addressing the media, Dr Pranab Pathak (diabetologist) said that the cases of diabetes are increasing at an alarming rate.
"The number of diabetes patients is highest in India next to China and India is becoming a diabetic capital. Lifestyle, intake of junk foods plays a major role in causing diabetes," Dr Pathak said.
A healthy diet, exercise and active lifestyle can help in keeping diabetes at bay. Many people who are infected by Covid, need to be treated with steroids which made it difficult to control diabetes. It is very important to take medicines as advised by the doctor.