Indian Guidelines: How to Deal with Diabetes Mellitus

Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga - 2017, in Lucknow on June 21, 2017
Narendra Modi participates in the mass yoga demonstration at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, in Lucknow on June 21, 2017

An Indian minister Jitendra Singh released Wednesday a compilation of “Indian Guidelines for Management of Diabetes Mellitus,” prepared by Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI).

At a function held in New Delhi and attended by RSSDI National President-Elect Dr Rajeev Chawla, National Secretary Dr B.M. Makkar and all the National Executive Members, Jitendra Singh, while releasing the book, congratulated the RSSDI office bearers for having come out with a comprehensive updated version of Indian guidelines for management of Diabetes Mellitus.

Jitendra Singh recalled that possibly the first set of Indian guidelines for management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus was prepared way back in 1990s by a team of medicos, of which he himself was also a member and the team was headed by Prof. B.K. Sahay of Usmania Medical College, Hyderabad.

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These guidelines, he said, were published in a special issue of “Journal of Association of Physicians of India” (JAPI).

Referring to the government’s sensitive approach towards healthcare in contemporary India, Jitendra Singh made a special mention of the decision taken under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a country-wide setting up of Kidney Dialysis Units in government set-up and also provide health insurance cover under Ayushman Bharat.

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He said it was Prime Minister who realized the importance of Yoga in the management of widely prevalent diseases like Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and successfully persuaded the United Nations Organization (UNO) to observe the International Day of Yoga annually.

With more than 70% of India’s population below the age of 40 years, Jitendra Singh said a tight management of Diabetes Mellitus, particularly among the young, has become a national priority.

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