Juvenile Diabetes on rise: World Diabetes Day celebrated with Children on their special day

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Juvenile Diabetes on rise: World Diabetes Day celebrated with Children on their special day

  • Children’s Day and World Diabetes Day celebrated with more than 100 juvenile diabetic patients and their parents sharing their experience
  • Discussion on Type 1 Diabetes in India is becoming a concern

Kolkata November 14, 2017: On the occasion of Children’s Day and World Diabetes Day more than 100 juvenile diabetic patients and their parents were invited to share their journey while coping up with the disease and related health problems. November 14th birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru observed as Children’s Day is also designated by IDF as World Diabetes Day as it’s also the birth anniversary of Banting, discoverer of insulin in 1922. World diabetes day is observed annually to promote global awareness regarding Diabetes Mellitus.

Present at the occasion, Dr Subrata Dey Paediatric Endocrinologist Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkata said, “Type 1 Diabetes, which is mostly seen in children is not a disease, it’s just a deficiency. If not treated at the earliest it can lead to several other health issues like retinopathy nephropathy and neuropathy. It can be found in children as young as 2 months of age. Hence it is very important to check if the baby is feeling thirsty and urinating very frequently. Also for parents, who are aware of the disease in their children, it is extremely crucial to monitor and maintain their children’s blood sugar levels as most school going children aren’t able to do it by themselves.”

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is caused by insulin deficiency because of the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin.   The disease most commonly affects young children and teenagers when the altered body immune-system starts destroying the insulin producing beta-cells in the pancreas.  Fasting blood sugar greater than 126 mg/dl or 200 mg/dl 2 hours after food is diagnostic of diabetes mellitus. The incidence of T1 Diabetes in India is on the rise and the child presents with excessive thirst and urination and if diagnosis is delayed child may come in coma.

Insulin is the cornerstone of T1 Diabetes management and needs to be administered daily in multiple doses on diabetic children. This can be done using insulin syringes or insulin pens or insulin pumps. With proper insulin therapy, appropriate diet and exercise the blood sugar levels can be well controlled and the child can lead an absolutely healthy life. Blood sugar levels should be routinely monitored at home using a glucometer.

There is no role of oral medications in the management of this form of Diabetes. Comprehensive Diabetes Management instituted by paediatric endocrinologists involves a systematic 5 pronged process that includes Insulin Treatment, Nutritional Management, Physical Activity, Diabetes Education and Psychological Support and can ensure a long and productive life in a patient with Type I Diabetes Mellitus.

Sashank Mitra (parent of a juvenile diabetic patient) expressed, “It was very shocking when we came to know our 8 year old son has diabetes. We always knew that people get blood sugar at a much later stage in life. Luckily we got in touch with the right doctor a paediatric endocrinologist at the right time and along with insulin we have also been able to change the lifestyle of our child so that he can lead a normal life. But when I see other kids, who were not detected with the disease at the right time and are suffering with several other disorders related to childhood diabetes, I feel extremely sad.”

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As an integrated healthcare service provider with Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy capability, over 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical breakthroughs with the most recent investment being that of commissioning the first Proton Therapy Center across Asia, Africa and Australia in Chennai, India. Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual.

In a rare honour, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 30 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.

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