Sahyadri Super Specialty Hospital Nashik today inaugurated Hormones and Diabetes Clinic. The Advanced Centre will offer structured and end to end services for management of diabetes which includes consultation by expert diabetologists, eye check up, consultation with cardiologist, nephrologist , diabetes foot surgeon, nutritionist & Screening for all complications of Diabetes. This Center is also linked with Endocrinologists of Hormones & Diabetes Clinic in Sahyadri Hospitals Pune. Centre also offers free home collection of samples, free home delivery of medicines etc.
It is now a known fact that India is considered as the diabetes capital of the world with around 12% adults being diabetics.
The increasing trend of type 2 diabetes is not only restricted to urban areas, but now also seen in rural areas. Indians are more at risk for diabetes. The fact is that, once a person is diagnosed with diabetes. He/ she should enter a structured program or protocol for management; as this often not available. Because of the asymptomatic nature of the disease, people often ignore regular follow up and treatment, risking themselves to many complications. Our aim is to prepare a clear customized roadmap for patients and ensure the treatment is in a structured form. We are offering comprehensive care under one roof. For advanced consultation, tele consultation facilities with Endocrinologists team in Pune, will also be available.Dr. Uday Phadke, Endocrinologist and Diabetologist- Sahyadri Hospitals
The initial evaluation will include appropriate tests which will give an idea about the status of eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, circulation and foot health. After the data is available an individualized plan of optimal treatment will be formulated. Patient data will be recorded electronically for a proper follow up. For the convenience of outstation patients, lab reporting time has been shortened so that patients can return home on the same day.
Large number of young diabetics a concern- Dr. Uday Phadke
While India becoming the diabetes capital is a concern, the bigger concern is the number of young diabetics. Diabetes in India comes with some worrying and distinct characteristics. Indians are more prone to diabetes with higher insulin resistance, central obesity, higher A1C,smaller coronary arteries, environmental and other factors. This makes diabetes in India different. Faulty / sedentary lifestyle including lack of sleep & exercise along with improper diet, high calorie foods, increasing stress, obesity are adding to the already grim situation.
Many people today come to us in their 30s with high blood sugar levels. Many of them may have complications right at the onset and subsequently high incidence of cardiovascular or renal problems. Diabetes at a younger age means they may develop complications early in their life, if the disease is not managed properly. For eg. Some of the people even present with cardiac issues, the underlining problem being high sugar levels which went undetected. This was evident during the pandemic also. To add to this, because of the asymptomatic nature, there is no regular screening to check sugar levels as well as the status of the organs at risk. We need to change this.
For those who have diabetes, a structured program must include regular consultation, sugar level checkup, status of health of organs such as eyes, heart, kidneys and consultation regarding lifestyle. There is a need to move forward in an organized way with help of proper medical records which will ensure that we don’t resort to adhoc treatments based on the prevailing symptoms at that time. A specific roadmap is necessary.
When should a normal person get checked for sugar level?
Considering the alarming situation in our country, anybody who is 30 or above years of age, should get checked for blood sugar levels opined Dr Phadke. Also those considering pregnancy, having irregular periods, experiencing impotency, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, tingling in the limbs or any vague symptoms should check sugar levels .