On November 27, rally to nip childhood diabetes in the bud

Diabetes Care and Research Foundation (DCRF), a special forum started to tackle problems related to the disease, has planned a programme on November 27 to spread awareness on childhood diabetes.

This year's programme will start with a special rally from Sarasbaug to Ganesh Kala Krida Sabhagriha to improve awareness about childhood diabetes. Olympic medalist Gagan Narang and cricketer Chandu Borde will be chief guests. Actors Jackie Shroff, Neha Pendse and others will also attend.

Nearly 1,500 schoolchildren (hearing, speech and visually impaired and physically challenged), diabetics, doctors, chemist associations, Ruby Hall staff, nurses and others will participate in the rally, said Dr Abhay Mutha, founder of the DCRF.

There will be a special programme on childhood diabetes awareness at Ganesh Kala Krida Auditorium from 9.30-11.30 am where diabetologist Mutha will have a special talk and slide show on the subject along with a live demo by Yoga therapist Dr Renu Mehtani. Gagan Narang will give away lifetime achievement award to diabetic state-level swimmer Eshan Shevte on the occasion.

There is rapid rise in diabetes all over the world and specially in South-East Asia and India has become the capital of diabetes with 60 to 80 million of the world's 150 million diabetics residing here. In India, diabetes is growing both in urban (14%) and rural (6-7%) areas. The serious fact is rapid increase in prevalence of childhood diabetes from 5-6% to 8-9% in last few years. "There is a serious lack of awareness about this type of diabetes," Mutha pointed out.

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