Monday, 29 August 2011

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes
Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child's health or wellbeing.The first problems to occur in obese children are usually emotional or psychological. Childhood obesity however can also lead to life-threatening conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep problems, cancer, and other disorders.

Childhood overweight and obesity on the rise

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges .Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority. 

M.V.Hospital-Childhood Obesity

M.V. Hospital for Diabetes, with the primary aim of creating awareness on childhood obesity and diabetes, launched a nationwide campaign on prevention of obesity and diabetes among children. The obesity among children is increasing at an alarming rate. This is leading to very early development of diabetes and heart diseases among children. Dr. Vijay Viswanathan, the managing director of M.V. Hospital organized a function in Chennai on November 11, 2007 to launch the nationwide campaign against childhood obesity and diabetes. 

Various activities were conducted by the hospital such as an exhibition, poster competition and puppet show depicting childhood obesity, its problems and prevention. Mr. K.S. Ravikumar, film director, distributed awards and prizes to the winners of the poster competition.

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Monday, 8 August 2011

Diabetes Complications

Complication of Diabetes

                    Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. Those with diabetes are at high risk for a number of complications.Diabetes is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses insulin. There are several types of diabetes. This article discusses the possible complications related to diabetes. After many years, diabetes can lead to serious problems throughout your body, including your eyes, kidneys, and nerves.


Diabetes can also damage blood vessels in the eyes, causing vision problems or blindness. Conditions may include: Cataracts, Diabetic retinopathy, Glaucoma, Macular edema

People with diabetes are more likely to have foot problems because of nerve and blood vessel damage. Small sores or breaks in the skin may turn into deep skin ulcers if not treated properly. If these skin ulcers do not improve, or become larger or go deeper, amputation of the affected limb may be needed. (Diabetes foot care.)

Infections of the female genital tract, the skin, or the urinary tract,Kidney disease and kidney failure (diabetic nephropathy), Problems attaining or maintaining an erection (impotence)

Since those with diabetes have a much higher chance of developing heart disease, kidney disease, and other medical problems, they may need to take certain medicines to treat or prevent these problems.

An ACE inhibitor  is often recommeded:
• As the first choice medicine for treating high blood pressure
• For those who have signs of early kidney disesae
• ACE inhibitors include captopril

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