NATIONAL MEDICAL AWARENESS SEMINAR – 1, held on 19th July 2022
ON ZOOM IT WAS WATCHED BY 500 MEMBERS + 180 WATCHED ON YouTube
Pandemic has brought about many lifestyle changes in our way of living. The main change required was emphasis on physical health. It was noted that the silent killers like diabetes, hypertension, heart attacks, were not so silent and affected younger people. Mental issues of health were rampant, particularly amongst the younger generation. The profile of various diseases had changed. District Chairman Mrs. Mita Sheth envisaged medical seminars to address and inform the change in medical dynamics after Covid.
“Inner Wheel is a service organization. We need to empower our own members, and in turn, they can empower the society” said IIWPP Dr. Pallavi Shah, the Project Chairman, while introducing the two eminent speakers of the seminar.
Health is wealth, and being healthy depends entirely upon each individual.
Chairman of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India, Dr. Surjit Kaur together with District 314 Chairman Mita Sheth will present this project on a national level to create awareness on health covering all the specialties in future.
The first speaker of the seminar was Dr. Rajiv Kovil, a well-known diabetologist. Though he covered practically all aspects of diabetes on cause, prevention, changing pattern of the disease, squashing myths and the recent advances for practical treatment of diabetes, the gist of his talk can be summarized as under:
1. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 is believed to be caused by an auto-immune reaction and develops early in life, where family history plays a role.
Type 2 diabetes develops over the course of many years and is caused due to lifestyle factors, such as being inactive and carrying excess weight. It is usually diagnosed in adults around 40 years of age. Most people have type 2 diabetes.
2. Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar or glucose. Glucose is the fuel that feeds your body’s cells, but to enter your cells it needs a key. Insulin is that key.
People with type 1 diabetes don’t produce insulin.
People with type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as well as they should. Gradually the body doesn’t make enough insulin, and external sources of insulin are required.
Both types of diabetes can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels that increase the risk of diabetes complications.
3. After the age of 35 an annual checkup is a must, whether there are symptoms or not.
4. Proper balanced nutrition and regular exercises is the key to good health to avoid all diseases, including diabetes. Once diagnosed with diabetes, a complete change in lifestyle is required. Medication should be taken from a professional diabetologist.
5. Diabetes cannot be cured; there is no reversal, but remission is possible.
6. Precaution should start before birth. Maternal nutrition of the mother during pregnancy is very important. Right eating habits should be inculcated from childhood by having nutritious home-made food. Healthy nutrition and exercises should continue all your life.
The second speaker was Dr. Amish Vora, a Neo-Natal Pediatric Physician, specializing in childhood obesity.
1. He explained that childhood obesity is increasing day by day due to the lifestyle. Earlier the children used to cycle to school, the schools used to have huge playgrounds, children would play in the maidans after school, and have healthy home-cooked nutritional food.
These days children go to school by car or by the school bus, study on laptops, most schools do not have the playgrounds, overloaded with homework they study at home or attend tuition classes, play video games after that or watch TV, and most of all have junk food like pizzas, burgers, coke etc. The sedentary lifestyle causes obesity very early in life.
2. There are physical, social and emotional consequences faced by obese children. It is a vicious circle. The key to good health is nutritious home-made food and leading an extremely active life from early childhood.
There was an interactive session thereafter.
The next session of the seminar would be on 29th September 2012 on Cardiology.
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Informative and well conducted session, much appreciated. Thank you for this much needed initiativeReplyDelete