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Largest diabetes awareness fair in Kolkata

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : November 8, 2013 3:29 PM IST

DiabetesCustomised diet plans, diabetes management and a focus on effective detection of the disease in early stages -- all this and more will feature at the Diabetes Fair (Madhumeha Mela) in Kolkata, its organisers said on Tuesday.

Organised by the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India, West Bengal Chapter, in collaboration with the Diabetic Association of India, West Bengal, the event is billed as 'the largest awareness programme in the field of diabetes to be held in eastern India'.

The event will run from Nov 13-15 at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.

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'The focus will be on detection of diabetes as early as possible and proper management for patients. To that effect there will be stalls providing guidance on every aspect associated with it like a heart kiosk, exercise kiosk etc.,' diabetologist Kaushik Pandit, secretary Diabetic Association of India, told IANS.

Services such as on-the-spot capillary blood glucose measurement, measurement of blood pressure and body fat percentage, estimation of heart attack and stroke risk for diabetics, ECG, eye examination to detect diabetic retinopathy will be made available at the event. (Read: Caring for a diabetic in your family)

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease which is characterised by high blood sugar levels. It can be caused either due to the lack of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or because the body's cells fail to respond to the insulin produced (type 2 diabetes). Some of the common symptoms of diabetes are hunger, frequent urination and increased thirst. While type 1 diabetes is usually genetic, type 2 diabetes is caused more by lifestyle factors. It is one of the common 'lifestyle diseases' which is plaguing people in the developed countries and often has a causal link to heart diseases, hypertension and obesity. (Read more..)

Home remedies for Diabetes

Ever wonder if there was something you could do at home to keep your blood sugar levels in check? Well, there is. Here are some of them:

Holy Basil Leaves: Also known as tulsi, leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. Collectively these substances help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) function properly. This in turn helps increase sensitivity to insulin. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill effects of oxidative stress.

Tip: Have two to three tulsi leaves whole, or about one tablespoon full of its juice on an empty stomach to lower the blood sugar levels.

Flax Seeds: Due to their high fibre content flaxseeds help digestion and aid in the proper absorption of fats and sugars. Consuming flax seed helps reduce a diabetic's postprandial sugar level by almost 28 per cent.

Leaves of bilberry plant: Also called the neelabadari plant, it has been used in Ayurveda for many centuries to control diabetes. Recently the Journal of Nutrition stated that the leaves of the Bilberry plant contain high amounts of anthocyanidin, which enhance the action of various proteins involved in glucose transportation and fat metabolism.Due to this unique property, bilberry leaves are a great way to lower one's blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon: Also known as dalchini, it improves insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Having as little as teaspoon of cinnamon per day can improve one's insulin sensitivity and help controlling weight, thereby decreasing one's risk for heart disease.

Tip: Include about 1 gram of dalchini into your daily diet for about a month to help lower blood sugar levels. (Read: Home remedies for diabetes)

With inputs from IANS

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