HCFI and RKGIT College jointly organize training on how to save a life in the event of choking for pharmacy students on World Diabetes Day

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Guests at the event gave insights on managing diabetes and preventing complications to students and others present

Ghaziabad, 14th November 2019: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization, committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation, in association with the Raj Kumar Institute of Technology (Pharmacy division), Ghaziabad, recently organized a programme commemorating World Diabetes Day.

Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and CMAAO was the Chief Guest for the event and Shri Laxman Prasad from RKGIT was the Guest of Honor. The delegation from HCFI included Dr (Major) Prachi Garg, Mr Saurabh Aggarwal, Ms Poonam Gupta, Mr Deepak Verma, Mr Sanjeev Khanna, Mr Dheeraj Kumar, Ms Ritu Manjhi, Ms Vandana Rawat, Mr Ram Singh, Mr Daya Ram, Mr Himanshu and Ms Sabina.

During the event, all pharmacy students from RKGIT were trained on how to save a life in the event of choking. The guests present gave their valuable insights on various aspects related to diabetes and its management. Dr Monica Sachdeva, Ms Supriya, and Mr Akshat from RKGIT were also present at the event.

Speaking to the students, Dr KK Aggarwal, said, “The mantra to avert diabetes or even prevent the complications associated with the condition should be ‘meetha bolo, kadwa khao’. Diabetes is assuming epidemic proportions in India and the need of the hour is large-scale awareness on the condition. People should take proactive steps to follow a healthy lifestyle right from a young age.”

Adding his comments, Shri Laxman Prasad, said, “All students should be aware of how to save a life in case someone is choking. First aid is something that everyone should learn, and lifesaving techniques can come to the aid of someone who is suffering. As students of medicine, this should be your first responsibility.”

Dr (Major) Prachi Garg, added, “One of the major risk factors that can worsen the symptoms and outcomes of diabetes is oppressing one’s emotions. One should avoid taking undue stress and ensure that they stay calm and happy.”

HCFI regularly conducts several awareness programmes around the city and the event on World Diabetes Day was also a step towards educating students about other aspects of the condition.

Some tips to prevent diabetes from HCFI

  • A diet rich in whole grain, fruits, and vegetables is very good for the body. Fibrous food will ensure that you feel fuller for a longer period and prevent any cravings. Avoid processed and refined food as much as possible.
  • Limit your alcohol intake and quit smoking. Too much alcohol leads to weight gain and can increase your blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Men should limit drinks to two per day and women to one per day. Smokers are twice as likely to develop diabetes as non-smokers and therefore, it is a good idea to quit this habit.
  • Understand your risk factors as it can help you in taking preventive measures at the earliest and avoid complications.

World Diabetes Day: Family support is key to successfully managing diabetes

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Today is World Diabetes Day and the focus of the day this year is on the family.

Diabetes is a chronic life-long condition. For this reason, it does not affect just the person, who has the disease. Diabetes affects everyone – family and friends.

Diabetes can usually be controlled with lifestyle changes, medication and self-care measures. This is where the role of the family in type 2 diabetes comes into play. They can help patients more accepting of their diagnosis, encourage compliance to treatment and cope with stress, fear and other emotional aspects of the disease (depression, anxiety). Support from family and friends go a long way in improving outcomes by preventing or delaying prevent diabetes-related complications.

All international guidelines on type 2 diabetes recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) as an integral component of management.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), SMBG can aid in diabetes control by:

  • “facilitating the development of an individualized blood glucose profile, which can then guide health care professionals in treatment planning for an individualized diabetic regimen
  • giving people with diabetes and their families the ability to make appropriate day-to-day treatment choices in diet and physical activity as well as in insulin or other agents
  • improving patients’ recognition of hypoglycemia or severe hyperglycemia
  • enhancing patient education and patient empowerment regarding the effects of lifestyle and pharmaceutical intervention on glycemic control”

Not just management, families can also help in prevention of diabetes by learning about the various risk factors for diabetes and encourage healthy habits amongst themselves.

Take a brisk walk together every day. Choose healthy foods for meals. Omit refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white rice and white maida) in diet.  Losing even a modest amount of weight (6-7kgs) through diet and exercise can reduce the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% in high-risk people. Help the patient to quit smoking or other tobacco use. Older adults can set an example for youngsters in the family.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle since childhood becomes very important as type 2 diabetes is no longer a disease of old age.

It is easier to adopt and adhere to healthy lifestyle when families make the changes together.

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Past National President IMA