DAK holds free diabetes screening camp at Kupwara

Srinagar—To mark the World Diabetes Day, Doctors Associa­tion Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday held a free diabetes screening cum awareness camp at Gulgam village of district Kupwara.

“A team of doctors screened over 800 persons out of which 12 new cases of diabetes were de­tected with majority of them fe­males and aged above 45 years,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.

“Most of the newly diagnosed diabetics were obese and with unhealthy diet habits,” he added.

Dr Nisar said the camp re­ceived a large number of al­ready diagnosed diabetics who were uncontrolled because of non-adherence to treatment.

He said diabetics were sen­sitized for self-monitoring of sugars and made aware of com­plications of diabetes.”

Free medicines were distrib­uted among patients and diag­nostic tests like lipid profile, thy­roid function tests, hepatitis B, C and HIV were done free of cost.

“Almost 90 – 95% of cases of diabetes are a result of harmful life-style choices,” said Dr Nisar while speaking to the gathering at the screening camp. He said the aim of the camp was to pro­mote awareness among public on diabetes and encourage people to adopt healthy life style.

“With good life-style, bulk of the cases of diabetes can be avoid­ed,” he informed. Dr Nisar said there is an epidemic of diabetes in Kashmir. “Everyone has a car, there is little physical activity and we love our rice and meat. That is dangerous,” he noted.

Dr Nisar said diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke and lower limb amputation.

“Healthy diet, regular physi­cal activity and maintaining nor­mal body weight are ways to pre­vent diabetes,” he pointed out.

Dr Nisar said the theme of world diabetes day 2017 is wom­en and diabetes.

“Women are the gatekeepers of household nutrition and life-style habits and therefore have the potential to drive preven­tion from the household and beyond,” he said.

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