Self-help is the best way to prevent diabetes
The International Diabetes Federation and Public Health Foundation of India, joined hands to announce their first health initiative in India i.e. KiDS (Kids and Diabetes in School). This project aims to encourage safe and supportive school environment to manage the diabetes and avoid discrimination. This program aims to spread awareness about type 1 and type 2 diabetes in respect to the growing number of diabetes cases in India.
In India, diabetes is a major health problem and with the number of cases detected every day, it ranks at number 2 globally, according to IDF. So far, type 2diabetes received enough intervention, even though the number of cases of type 1diabetes is 1 out of 5 children in the world would be Indian.
If type 1 diabetes is not detected and diagnosed, it could pose a grave challenge for children and families, who need adequate knowledge and resources for effective management of the condition.
Thus, the best way to prevent the problem caused by diabetes is by educating teachers and parents. Schools are ideal to raise awareness and train students, teachers and parents about Type 1 diabetes. Thus, the idea of KiDS would help parents manage and guide kids with diabetes. It will also help in lowering down the prevalence of obesity, which is another cause of diabetes.
Dr. K Srinath Reddy, President of PHFI says, ‘there are no structured training programs, plan or activity, implemented in the school so far, which is the reason why type 1 diabetes is grave and intense. Thus, managing diabetes is a serious problem.’
He further adds, ‘type 1 diabetes is a challenge especially for school-going children who have to cope with the disease and also face stigma associated with it.’
Kids are required to follow a structured self-management plan including lifelong insulin use and blood glucose monitoring, physical activity and a healthy diet. Thus, self-help and learning is the best help one can give to Type 1diabetes patients.