Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects approximately 70 million people in India . It is predicted that India will have more than 100 million diabetes patients by 2025 .
New Delhi, India (BusinessWire India), November 24: On World Diabetes Day, DIWAS, in partnership with the Endocrine Society of India, DiDI, the Diwas Integrated Diabetes Initiative, and ETI Services held an event titled The Future is Her.Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects approximately 70 million people in India, making it one of the world's greatest ailments.Women have the necessary role as caregivers in the family, which can result in their health being prioritized.This can be especially problematic in the case of women with diabetes, where estimates indicate that mortality is much higher among women around the world.As a window to future chronic disease, research on diabetes needs to focus on the effects on women & girls, gestational diabetes, and pregnancy, focusing on obesity and nutrition, particularly during the reproductive years.These discussions should be used to shape policy and guide the development of a gender-transformative and personalized approach to diabetes care, according to Dr. Usha Sriram, Founder of DIWAS, and Dr. Chitra Selvan, Associate Professor at Ramaiah Medical College.Dr. Sriram applauded everyone involved, saying, We at DIWAS believe in empowering and educating health care providers, patients, caregivers, and the entire community about the nuances of diabetes and diabetes care for girls and women.DIWAS is a non-profit organization that advocates for girls and women by considering gender as a determinant of happiness and advocating for a life course approach. We're proud to have leading national experts as panelists, presenters, and discussants.The only way forward is to work together and for a common goal.The first panel on type 1 diabetes in girls and women featured Deborah Morrell.The panelists discussed how weight was regarded as a priority and how it can often influence women's lives. Dr. Priyanka Padhy, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lady Sri Ram College, said that there is no such thing as a self-definition in young girls.This has an effect on self-esteem and can lead to eating disorders.It's essential to know the connection between eating disorders and diabetes, and a great many young women skip insulin intake due to the fear of weight gain.When we're dealing with eating disorders, psychiatric disorders are comorbidities. It addressed the latest fad diets adopted by teenage girls that have no scientific basis.Young girls are encouraged to listen to their bodies rather than be guided by stereotypes of what a healthy body should look like, and that is crucial.Dr Rucha Mehta, an endocrinologist in Ahmedabad, addressed the effects of obesity on diabetes patients after marriage, saying, There are certain conditions that promote weight gain throughout the lifespan, especially in women, and they intensify noncommunicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes.These include prescription drugs, a dysfunctional sleeping schedule, shift work, emotional disruption, smoking cessation, and shifts in life trajectory. In order to move forward with gender-transformative policies, a committee of experts was formed.The discussion focused on the importance of fostering activism in NCDs, especially among females.The panelists addressed the inequalities in the medical field, particularly in leadership roles, and the need for women to be role models.It also stressed that using various media, such as social media, helps ensure effective communication. Womens health is a top priority.The National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) hasn't yet established a priority for women.For maximum effect, we must shift to a non-medical and social approach to this movement, as shown by data that 29.3% of women in India had hyperglycemia during pregnancy in 2021.The symposium focused on pregnancy as a window to future chronic illnesses, according to Dr Hema Divakar, Consultant and Medical Director, Divakars Specialty Hospital, Bengaluru, it is very important to raise awareness about how important it is to manage diabetes during pregnancy. To prevent the development of maternal and baby complications, it is vital to plan ahead of time to prevent premature intervention.Pregnancy must be considered the low hanging fruit in the medical industry, because women are more willing to hear doctors' advice during the day.Diabetes in women complications included osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, fractures, and mental health in the day's last panel.It addressed how women are often obligated to take care of others even when they are unwell. According to Dr. Purvi Chawla, Consultant Diabetologist & Dir Clinical Research-Lina Diabetes Care & Mumbai Diabetes Research Centre, CVD is still the leading cause of death in diabetics.Women are generally shielded from CVD prior to menopause, according to a popular belief.This is not true, and diabetic women have an elevated risk of CVD.After an open house session, Dr. Gagan Priya led the way to a vote of thanks.