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The Holy Grail of Diabetes Management

World Diabetes Day is an opportune time to evaluate the support available to the estimated 200 million people across the world coping with a galloping disease. Taking// cognizance of the burgeoning malady, the theme for 2006 - 'Diabetes Care for Everyone, especially the disadvantaged and the vulnerable’ amply reflects the cardinal purpose of the campaign.

The global initiative in diabetes management seeks to draw attention towards the communities and groups in both developed and developing countries, for whom access to quality healthcare still remains a distant dream. The campaign will also solicit assistance from the international community for more funds to combat non –communicable diseases. Importantly, the campaign will seek to raise awareness among people suffering diabetes or at risk of diabetes, with education, and prevention measures. The need of the hour certainly hovers around delving into the socio-cultural leanings of diabetes and evolve strategies that will be the Holy Grail of diabetes prevention and care.

Diabetes is known to crawl in like a silent intruder, so it is better to be forewarned about its predilection. The key risk factors for diabetes include a strong family history of the disease that increases the chances of suffering the disease. Additionally, reduced physical activity, over weight, poor diet, ageing, or high blood pressure, and high blood levels of triglycerides, are positive risk factors. Women with gestational diabetes or diabetes during pregnancy are prone to suffering diabetes later in life. Diabetes seems to have a fond preference for certain ethnic groups - African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans are highly susceptible to its onslaught.

Type 1 diabetes is labeled an auto-immune disease, where in the victim’s own immune system wipes out the insulin-secreting beta cells in the pancreas. Also called as juvenile-onset diabetes, it afflicts nearly 10-15% of people suffering th
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