STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Focusing on the need for preventive measures like maintaining healthy lifestyle, dietary preferences, physical activity, Dr Sushil Sharma, Head Cardiology Department, SSH Jammu, conducted a day-long camp with residents of Village Kot in outskirts of Jammu City, highlighting prevalence of both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes, which has rapidly increased over past 30 years with consequential increase in prevalence of microvascular and macrovascular diabetes complications. Dr Sushil said that diabetes is a huge and growing burden for many countries across the world. It is a serious, common, costly yet manageable disease. “It is one of the leading causes of death in India and ironically India currently represents 50 per cent of world’s diabetic burden. Often known as the diabetes capital of world, India has been witnessing an alarming rise in incidence of diabetes. This presents a serious public health challenge to a country facing a future of high population growth and less sensitivity of people towards this problem,” Dr Sushil said. “The severity of the problem becomes compounded when it invites array of health issues in its company. It is leading cause of kidney failure, cardiovascular disease and peripheral vascular diseases. Diabetes is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease with nearly 60 per cent of people with diabetes die from cardiovascular disease,” he added. “To reduce prevalence of diabetes and its consequential damages on heart, kidney, eyes, brain and peripheral vessels, there is a dire need to be vigilant about diagnosis and proper management of complications both, microvascular and macrovascular. Various preventive measures like maintaining healthy lifestyle and population level risk factors such as tobacco use, blood pressure, high cholesterol needs to be taken care to mitigate already growing burden of CVD,” he informed. During the camp, more than 200 people were screened, evaluated and diagnosed for various health ailments. Free medicines were also given as per requirements. Blood sugar, ECG, lipid profile tests were also done. Residents of the area including Panchs Ram Pal Sharma, Harbans Lal Sharma and Sheela Devi; Noor Ali, Omkar Din Dayal and J S Jamwal appreciated the efforts of Dr Sushil and his team for conducting cardiac awareness camp in their area. Others who were part of the humane effort included Dr Nasir Ali Choudhary and Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of the team included Kamal Sharma, Raghav Rajput, Gourav Sharma, Vikas Kumar, Anmol Singh, Aman Gupta, Akshay Kumar, Maninder Singh, Sandeep Kohli and Rajkumar.
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