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Expert stresses early screening, early treatment for diabetes

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 NEW DELHI: Dr Nikhil Tandon from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has stressed the need for early detection of diabetes so that early treatment can be started.

Dr Tandon says that modern lifestyle, which is largely sedentary, is the main reason behind the increase in the incidence of diabetes. The cases are rising among teens and children as well due to the same reasons. This also means that the longer you live with the disease, the higher are the chances of complications.

He said that diabetes doesn't cause any immediate problem, so people do not take it as seriously as they should. The complications start setting in once the disease sets in.

Dr Tandon says there is a need to create more awareness about diabetes.

Dr Tandon was speaking on the sidelines of a DOY Camp - an annual event for children and adolescents with Youth Onset Diabetes, organized by Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, AIIMS.

Nisha Bhatia, 32, who has diabetes for the last 26 years, told DTMT that diabetes is not a disease but a style of life. She controls her diabetes with insulin injections which she and a hundred other patients regularly get from AIIMS free of cost.

Overall, 250 children and adolescents and their families from different backgrounds attended the event.

The event was followed by a free medical camp, an opportunity for comprehensive evaluation, diabetic retinopathy, counseling (diet, lifestyle and insulin injection technique) and therapy by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, dietitians and counselors.

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