Dear Friends, Well-wishers & Colleagues,
I am very glad to meet you all through our KTVR Vijaydeepa Group newsletter once again. Please find below an account of the World Diabetes Day Walk 2010 and Free Screening & Consultation Camp for Diabetes in Pregnancy that we conducted on 13-Nov-2010 and from 14-Nov-2010 to 17-Nov-2010 respectively, as part of our attempts to improve Diabetes Awareness and promote the concept of Prevention of Diabetes in Coimbatore.
We took the segment of Diabetes in Pregnancy as our area of special emphasis and stressed upon the recognition of this condition amongst the public and need for its early detection and intervention. We look forward for your words of encouragement, support, suggestions, ideas and advice for our future endeavors.
The related press coverage in The Hindu can be seen on the link: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article887088.ece - Please read and comment.
With best regards,
Dr V Janarthanan
KTVR Group Hospital
KTVR GROUP HOSPITAL’s World Diabetes Day Walk 2010
November 13, 2010 – 5 PM
World Diabetes Day Walk 2010 was held on Saturday the November 13, 2010 at 5 pm from R. S. Puram Sasthri Grounds to KTVR Group Hospital via D. B. Road, Cowley Brown Road, Mettupalayam Road on the occasion of World Diabetes Day on Saturday the November 13, 2010 at 5 pm. The event was jointly organised by the KTVR Group Hospital and Lions Club of Coimbatore Blossom. The health walk was flagged off by Lion. R. Nandabalan, MJF, Immediate Past District Governor and Multiple Council Secretary of Lions Clubs International. It was aimed at create awareness on diabetes by targeting the Diabetes in Pregnancy and general public in the city.
After flagging off the Walk, Mr. Nandabalan said “World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. Interestingly, this day is also celebrated as Children’s day in India. It is very appropriate that these two occasions fall on the same day because children are becoming more susceptible to diabetes nowadays and the best gift we can give our children and ourselves alike is awareness on the implications of diabetes and stress on its prevention.”
Dr J Vijay Venkatraman, Consultant Diabetologist & Director, KTVR Group Hospital spoke on the importance of early screening of Diabetes in Pregnancy as a pre-requisite for Prevention of Diabetes. “The prevalence of diabetes in India is growing tremendously and so is its awareness. While knowing about diabetes in general is very important, we need to also focus on diabetes in pregnancy with more seriousness, as two generations are at risk and because prevention of diabetes starts from there. Women with GDM are at increased risk of future diabetes and their children are at risk of childhood obesity and diabetes later in life. This fact should warn the physicians and general public alike to the necessity to devote special attention to this problem”, he remarked.
Dr K Harrini, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, KTVR Group Hospital said “The World Health Organization’s estimation of the prevalence of diabetes in adults indicates an expected total rise of more than 120% from 135 million in 1995 to 300 million in 2025. This includes Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) which is defined as ‘carbohydrate intolerance with first recognition or onset during pregnancy’ and Pre-GDM, a term that denotes known diabetic subjects who become pregnant. Gestational Diabetes Mellitus is associated with obstetric, maternal and neonatal complications. Uncontrolled diabetes in pregnancy leads to spontaneous abortions, birth defects - especially heart problems in the baby, preterm labour, big baby, hypertension, sudden in-utero death, delayed & difficult labour and consequently more bleeding during delivery. Mothers are at increased risk of urinary tract and vaginal infections and Type 2 Diabetes in future. Babies have immediate problems of respiratory distress, hypoglycaemia (low sugar) and electrolyte imbalance and long term complications of obesity and diabetes. Hence, it is essential to screen all the pregnant women for glucose intolerance by oral glucose test. It is usually done between 24 -28 weeks of gestation and in selected high risk women even earlier. Prevention of adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes in GDM is based on achieving maternal blood glucose as close to normal as possible. Gestational diabetic women require follow up. Glucose tolerance test with 75g oral glucose is performed after 6 weeks of delivery and if necessary repeated after 6 months and every year to determine whether the glucose tolerance has returned to normal or progressed. Diabetes in Pregnancy needs holistic care for good health of women and her child.”
Dr S Sundaramurthy, Director & Senior Consultant Paediatrician mentioned “All pregnant women must be aware of when to screen for GDM and GDM mothers must know about its implications for herself and her baby, diet, lifestyle changes, self-glucose monitoring and insulin therapy. Foetal growth must be evaluated with ultrasound and foetal echocardiogram done to rule out cardiac problems. Maintenance of mean Plasma Glucose level ~105 mg% is ideal for good foetal outcome. This is possible if Fasting and Post prandial levels are around 90 mg/dl and 120 mg/dl respectively. Insulin is essential if medical nutrition therapy fails to achieve normal glucose levels.”
Dr V Janarthanan, Managing Director, KTVR Group Hospital, stated “A team approach is needed in management of Pregnancy in Diabetes with the obstetrician, diabetologist, dietician and paediatrician working in concert. Intensive monitoring, diet and insulin therapy are cornerstones for management. The importance of educating pregnant women with diabetes (and their partners) about the condition and its management cannot be overemphasized. We are glad that KTVR Group Hospital has the complete team required to take care of Diabetes in Pregnancy, all under one roof.”
Lion. Mrs. Revathi Natarajan, President, Lions Club of Coimbatore Blossom and Lion. Mr. P. M. Kripen, Secretary, Lions Club of Coimbatore Blossom congratulated KTVR Group Hospital for the novel initiative and led the Lions Club members in the walk.
Carrying placards, the large gathering of people who participated in the health walk generated lot of curiosity among the public. About 200 persons including Dr. V. Janarthanan, Managing Director, KTVR Group Hospital, Dr. R. Anuradha, Director, KTVR Group Hospital, Dr. V. Suseela, Director and Chief Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Dr. S. Sundaramurthy, Director and Sr. Consultant Paediatrician, Dr. J. Vijay Venkatraman, Director & Consultant Diabetologist, Dr. K. Harrini, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, KTVR Group Hospital, Lions Club Members, Hospital staff, Students from KTVR Knowledge Park for Engineering and Technology participated. The World Diabetes Day 2010 slogan “Let’s take control of diabetes. Now” and the slogan for the World Diabetes Day Walk 2010 “Understand diabetes and take control” were stressed upon during the walk. Pamphlets on Awareness of Diabetes in general and Diabetes in Pregnancy in particular were distributed to the public.