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Cyclathon to raise awareness about diabetes

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Hyderabad: Marking World Diabetes Day, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Lakdikapul, organized a 10 K cyclathon to raise awareness about diabetes and the aspect of diabetes to prevent amputations. Diabetes is the most common condition in India. Much of the diabetes burden can be prevented or delayed by behavioral changes favoring a healthy diet and regular physical activity. The event was flagged off by Dr Gnaneshwar Atturu.

150 participants joined the cyclathon including doctors, nurses, and citizens. The event kickstarter from Gleneagles Global Hospital, Lakdikapul. covering a distance of 10 km.

Increasingly, each one of us is more at risk of diabetes than a couple of years back. Previously the disease of the elderly, diabetes, is now being diagnosed in children, teens, and young people – basically people of any and every age. Diabetes cases are on the rise across the globe and as per estimates, India has 77 million diabetics which is expected to rise to over 134 million by 2045. With little time for physical activity and preparing healthy and nutritious food at home due to our modern lifestyle, this could be a deadly mix for the development of diabetes which needs life-long management and puts us at serious risk of critical complications related to eye, kidney, heart, nervous diseases, and foot disease, etc.

Dr. Gnaneswar Atturu, Gleneagles Global Hospital, Lakdikapul, said, “The initiative focused to educate both people and doctors working in towns and rural localities about advanced wound care options available, and better management of diabetic foot ulcers even in remote areas. Diabetes causes a dangerous combination of nerve damage and impaired blood circulation that contribute to ineffective wound healing in lower extremities. A more under-recognized aspect is the risk of foot problems leading to amputation. Foot care is most important in diabetes.  Even a small injury leads to closure of vessels, and infection or gangrene. Eventually, the limbs have to be amputated. If managed properly, diabetes although the condition’s excessively high blood glucose levels can cause certain significant consequences they can be prevented or postponed.”

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