Kolkata, Howrah hit hard by diabetes
19 who all had gathered to support the same cause: JDRF. The 32nd annual JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes promoted awareness and raise funds for advancing research toward preventing, better treating and curing Type-1 diabetes and its complications. Being a part of JDRF, formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, was important to Andrew Cash. Both of my sons were diagnosed with [Type-1 diabetes], and its a permanent diagnosis that is life-changing, he said. Cashs son, Gavin, 12, was diagnosed at age three, and Liam, 10, was diagnosed at age eight. As a parent, its tough to watch your child go through the everyday life of having T1D, especially when they are so little, he said in reference to insulin shots and blood sugar testing at least three times a day.
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While 3.5%-5.7% of Bengal’s population is diabetic, the figure shoots up for Kolkata (12%) and Howrah (13.2%). “There are mainly three districts – Kolkata, Howrah and Burdwan (8.7%) – where the rate of diabetes is higher than other areas because of mass urbanization coupled with stress-related problems. Diabetes can be controlled if treated at an early stage but most people come to us very late, sometimes even 10 years late, so the chances of getting cured become remote,” said Subhankar Chowdhury, secretary of Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India ( RSSDI ). “We will organize a Madumeha Mela (Diabetes Fair) at Netaji Indoor stadium on November 13, which will be inaugurated by minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya.
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