The first ever campaign against juvenile diabetes was launched by Lions Club of Mormugao taluka to mark the occasion of World Diabetes Day and Children’s Day which were observed on the same day this year.
Currently there are around 10 lakh juvenile diabetics in the country and every year around 70,000 are being added to the list. Though every year around 27,000 diabetic children die worldwide, there is no count of how many die undiagnosed of this slow killer disease.
The Lions Club International through its Zone VII of Lions International District 324 has started a campaign to create awareness of juvenile diabetes with a 15 member team of Lions Club led by Dr. Anand Thakur conducted a juvenile diabetes camp in Vasco.
Dr. Thakur a consultant pathologist pointed out that there is an alarming trend of younger people falling prey to diabetes and also cardiac diseases including heart attacks.
Besides checking the height/weight ratio of the teenagers, blood test for random sugar was also done for around 150 students in the age bracket of 15 to 17 years.
Similar exercise will be carried out all over the State through the schools in a bid to map the incidence of juvenile diabetes in the State.
Juvenile diabetes is Type 1 category and to survive the patient needs to take external dose of insulin.
Dr. Pankajam Vaidya, a well known cardiologist from Vasco attributed this trend to the wrong food habits which include junk food and sedentary lifestyle adopted by an increasing number of Goans. “Children should adopt a more healthy diet chart that includes more proteins and fibre-rich food besides exercising to keep fit,” he said.