Press Relese/Kolkata: GD Hospital has arranged a Walkathon to build awareness. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly to flag off the walk
Diabetes Checkups on wheels’ will roam around the city Free diabetes screening. GD Hospital and Diabetes Institute has arranged the Diabetes Walkathon at 9am on Sunday the 12th of November to commemorate the event of World Diabetes Day which is to be celebrated internationally on 14th November. The walkathon will be flagged off by Former Indian Skipper and President, Cricket Association of Bengal Sourav Ganguly.
Diabetes is fast gaining the status of a potential epidemic in India with more than 62 million diabetic individuals currently diagnosed with the disease. In 2000, India (31.7 million) topped the world with the highest number of people with diabetes mellitus followed by China (20.8 million) with the United States (17.7 million) in second and third place respectively. India currently faces an uncertain future in relation to the potential burden that diabetes may impose upon the country.
A research done by Harvard Nurses Health Study, shows that up to a 30% reduction in type 2 diabetes in women by simply walking 30 minutes every day. Even researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) have conducted studies that show that even a 15 minutes walk post meals can regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the chance of type 2 Diabetes. So to get a control over diabetes walking could be very good option and this walkathon will spread this awareness.
“In GD Hospital and Diabetes Institute we have pledged to Care for Life. And we take our vows very seriously. We have tried to ensure holistic care for patients, not only through our advanced diagnostic methods and our trusted panel of consultants but also through awareness camps and programs both in the city and in rural sectors. Our ongoing patient awareness programs in the form of interactive classes as well as workshops in schools have been integral tools to guide people and the society at large to healthier futures. For the busy men and women of today we have quick Diabetes Monitoring Panels that ensure a fast and effective screening for people on the go. Our ophthalmology departments have been a boon to numerous diabetics who are especially susceptible to retinopathy. Our Footcare department ensures that we can stop people from the curse of gangrenes and diabetic foots that accounts for more than 40,000 lower limb amputations per year in India (World Diabetes Foundation),” Ms. Musrefa Hossain, CEO, GD Hospital & Diabetic Institute says.
Apart from this walkathon the hospital will also launch a ‘Diabetes Checkup on Wheels’ campaign across the city. This mobile Diabetes Care vehicle will move around the city and will conduct free tests, vitals scan and will try to create awareness in detecting, managing and eliminating diabetes.