The two-day health camp focuses on auto immune disorders of the endocrine system such as diabetes and thyroid dysfunction
Patiala, February 2017: Are you experiencing extreme thirst or the need for increased urination? Has a persistent fatigue affected your productivity and quality of life? Have you been bedeviled by a sudden unexplained weight loss or weight gain? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, you might be suffering from a disorder of the endocrine system such as diabetes or thyroid dysfunction.
With an aim to raise awareness about disorders of the endocrine system, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Patiala, organized a special health camp where people were encouraged to seek timely treatment and adopt preventive mechanisms. Special focus of this health camp was diabetes and thyroid management.
The endocrine system is the collection of glands that secrete hormones to regulate the bodies biochemical processes. Major endocrine glands in the human body include the pancreas, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, and adrenal glands, among others. A dysfunction of any of the endocrine glands can throw the body out of order. The good news is that most of these disorders can be managed with timely medical intervention. However, in many cases people tend to overlook their symptoms and delay seeking treatment resulting in avoidable health complications.
With an alarming rise in incidence of diabetes, awareness about diabetes prevention and management has becomes especially important for India. With 69.1 million cases of diabetes in India in 2015, India is facing a huge diabetes epidemic. The number of diabetes patients is likely to rise to 101 million in India by 2030, according to estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Apart from promoting preventive measures such as adopting physically active lifestyles and weight management, it is equally important today to institute better diabetes management mechanisms to help the burgeoning diabetic population reduce risk of complications and early death.
“Diabetes is a serious condition which makes individuals more prone to heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, vision loss as well as amputations due to nerve damage. If not treated on time and managed properly, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. It is very important for all individuals to keep a regular tab on the blood sugar levels to detect diabetic tendencies early and treat or prevent them on time. This is especially pertinent for pre-diabetic people. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. With healthy lifestyle changes, pre-diabetes diagnoses can become an opportunity to improve your health and prevent diabetes,” says Dr. Inderpreet Kaur, Consultant Endocrinologist, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Patiala
The numbers of diabetes patients have dramatically risen in India in recent years, with the incidence doubling from 32 million in 2000 to 63 million in 2013. According to International Diabetes Federation, the prevalence of diabetes in adults (20-79 years of age) is as high as 8.7 per cent in India.
Detecting the condition in pre-diabetic stage in most people becomes all the more important in this light, as it can help curtail the rising burden of the disease.
“Thyroid dysfunction is another common health disorder that often goes undetected and untreated in a large number of people for a long time. A thyroid dysfunction can result in either underactive thyroid glands (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid glands (hyperthyroidism). Both conditions cause debilitating conditions such as fatigue, sluggishness, weight loss or gain, insomnia or menstrual disturbances in the short run; and serious ramifications such as heart problems and mental health issues in the long run. It is therefore very important to keep a regular check on your thyroid health and treat it on time,” adds Dr. Inderpreet Kaur, Consultant Endocrinologist, Columbia Asia Hospitals, Patiala
The two-day health camp held on Feb 3 & 4 saw a healthy footfall. Patients interacted freely with doctors who educated them about the need for regular health screenings to keep a check on the health of the endocrine system.
About Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd. is the only company in India to utilize 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) route in the hospital sector.
About Columbia Asia Group of Companies The Columbia Asia Group is owned by more than 150 private equity companies, fund management organizations and individual investors. The group currently operates eleven facilities in India and has presence in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Kolkata, Mysore, Patiala and Pune. The company also operates hospitals in Malaysia (11), Vietnam (3), and Indonesia (3). The Indian management operations are managed from its office in Bangalore.