Diabetes India
59,754 members • 10,914 posts

Raising Awareness of Diabetes in India, 🌏

Raising Awareness of Diabetes in India, 🌏

Hello everyone,

I read that the first diabetes awareness day in India was in November 2017 and I'm interested in how you feel about this and if any one else is interested in raising awareness for the benefit of future generations.

I am not diabetic nor am I Indian, however I am a diagnosed coeliac of 25 years and a food lobbyist for over 20 years. Now because I am a coeliac-foodie and on a mission, a mission to spread awareness for the benefit of improving 'our' health. And as diabetes and coeliac are not choice diets, I have a lot of empathy will all of you. So I'm happy to get involved with this.

I am asking this because I have some ideas and have been involved in registering and organising awareness events. So I have some ideas but it's up to you all if you are interested in raising awareness of diabetes, then now's your chance.

Stay healthy and enjoy your day.

Jerry 😊

41 Replies
oldest • newest

HI Jerry my husband just recently got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I think we're getting there on the diet. I can't do all the recipes due to me having IBS. I have to stay away from wheat, gluten, and milk products.

And my life is interesting. My daughter is a vegetarian. LOL

I would be interested :)

2 likes
Reply

Thank you for the great comment, ShadowDee.😀

2 likes
Reply

Thank you ShadowDee and your life is indeed interesting, so I will keep you informed on this,

Jerry 😊

1 like
Reply

Hi Jerry,

Please let us know your ideas.

2 likes
Reply

Hi Praveen55, I suggest we as members take part in International Diabetes Awareness month which is in November.

Even register it as such and I'm happy to take care of that. When you create an awareness event/date you want a snazzy name and you could have a sort of acronym like Diamond month.

Spreading awareness is about getting everyone to engage and talk openly about a subject so school children are aware of diabetes and then it can be dealt with sooner and better. It doesn't cost money to spread awareness its how we go about it.

It strikes me that some people are diagnosed and feel lost and threatened and you have the facility here to collate lots of info and concentrate your energy and feel part of something.

I know that none of you know me but Activity2004 invited me to be admin on here and this is how I want to help. So its entirely up to you all.

diabetestimes.co.uk/diabete...

Jerry 😊

1 like
Reply

Jerry - this forum and many other forums are about awareness and helping each other.

You did NOT answer Praveen's question. You need to give your ideas - about Diet for diabetics - insted of WRITING same sentences over and over again

Reply

I will be sending a note very soon, Fatbuddy.

1 like
Reply

Please check your private messages, Fatbuddy. I just sent the note right now. It's going to be okay.

Reply

Hi Fatbuddy, I did answer Praveen's question, I want to help you guys spread awareness to help prevent the inevitable and to help collate information about all aspects of diabetes in India.

So I'm on your side and taking your frustration out on me will only make you feel worse.

Jerry.

2 likes
Reply

There is lot of information available in India - lots of data base and studies -

Problem is people CAN NOT afford strips to monitor- A1c test is cheap -

many State lever institutions are providing info -

And certain food is expensive - people eat more rice and wheat -

NGO - NOT doing much.

1 like
Reply

Hi Fatbuddy, I’m very sorry to hear this and it sounds like a vicious circle to me, so maybe we should see if there’s a way to change things.

Do you have access to quinoa, that’s a super food and here’s a link about its benefit for diabetics and everyone:

Please see:

healthline.com/health/why-i...

I will tell you something else Fatbuddy! I’m a diagnosed coeliac so I’m made very ill by gluten so I get what you all feel and we all feel it’s not fair why me...

And good luck.

1 like
Reply

Every one in this forum knows about Quiona - and other foods

You NOT saying much about DIET for Diabetics - You are NOT diabetic ?

Reply

Fatbuddy,

Not everyone that joins the group has to be a Diabetic. Some members are on the group because they have a friend or family member who is/had been diagnosed with diabetes and diabetes-related medical issues.

Reply

You’re not making sense Fatbuddy saying you eat mostly wheat and rice but know about quinoa. Then eat it.

If you just want to get angry because no body is doing any thing then do something and take responsibility so you’re not blaming every body else.

And I’m NOT going to have an argument with anyone...

Jerry.

1 like
Reply

MY comment is for People of India - I do NOT eat - Rice, wheat, Potatoes or pasta -- Quinoa - is also MORE Expensive for people in India - only Rice and Wheat is cheap -

Just making comments in this Forum does NOT help People in India -

Reply

Fatbuddy,

I just sent a note to you right now. Please check your private messages.

Reply

Then do something about it Fatbuddy, like start a lobby group and lobby for what you believe in as this is empowering.

Type 2 Diabetes is becoming a world crisis so we as members of the world community have to stand together and work together.

1 like
Reply

In India - Lobby Group does NOT work. It is such a large and diversified

country - you will need 100s people and Billions dollars to do good job.

When are you quiting your job and moving to India ?

Even in USA it does NOT work. 8 Natural Therapy doctors were killed in USA by Pharma Groups - Diabetes drugs is $ 3.2 Billion business in USA alone.

Reply

Hi Fatbuudy, what if people realised that a reduction off just 1Kg in body weight can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 16%.

What if people realised that if they ate a healthier diet and had more exercise they could further reduce the risk. This does not cost money it takes awareness so people understand and realise that they can do something.

Diabetes and obesity is a crisis in the UK, the US as well as India, China and all over the world, so we need to get the word out so that people can do something positive for themselves.

This is all that awareness is its not a billion dollar expense its word of mouth it is raising our consciousness. So we become the solution and not the problem.

Thats my 2cents worth.

Jerry.

1 like
Reply

That's a fantastic way of putting the word awareness, Jerry. Thank you for mentioning it.

1 like
Reply

Thank you Leah, to me real awareness helps us make the right choices in what we put on 'our' plates and in our life style choices, so its no body else's fault.

And we reap the benefits, so its win win 😊

1 like
Reply

I couldn't have said it better myself!:-)

1 like
Reply

I am skinny - underweight and still have Type 2 for 20 years

Most people like to eat - taste NO discipline - hard to convince them

Posting here DOES NOT help- any one in India - they don't read this forum

YOU NEED TO GO TO INDIA.. stand at street corner with speakers and ask people to loose weight

Reply

Fatbuddy,

The members of the group can decide if they are going to read/not read something on the forum(s). That is everyone's choice-- even the Administrators from all groups/forums/communities. It depends on what the person is interested in reading about and when.

Reply

Problem is - NO one in India knows about this Forum.

We are wasting time here - WRONG Discussion

have over 156,000 members in this Forum--only 10 member participate and comment

Reply

We get more members participating in the group, but it depends on the topic/postings that are being posted by everyone. If someone sees a posting/topic they are wanting to reply to, then they do. If they don't see anything, then they won't. It's all up to the particular person, too. Hope this makes sense.

Reply

There is not much awareness about diabetes,leave alone diabetes day.Most cases are detected while going for a surgery or health screening at office etc.Few well educated and well off people may go for health check up but a vast majority just do not bother,primarily due to absence of universal health coverage.Private insurance is expensive and the service is not always good.Diabetes is a ticking time bomb in India and the authorities are not bothered enough about it.

3 likes
Reply

Thanks raman42, then lets do something about it.

1 like
Reply

I fully agree with your ideas. We can definitely help spread the awareness. According to me some of the focus areas are Obesity and Over-consumption of Carbohydrate in our modern lifestyle, both being the leading cause of T2D and they are inter-related. Somehow, most of the government agencies world wide have been slow to act on these.

2 likes
Reply

Thank you Praveen55, you're right of course we can do it by getting together and talking about it and spreading awareness ourselves.

We can have a topic section on here for raising awareness ideas and then well before November we can be prepared. this is what I suggest.

2 likes
Reply

The title can go under the Topics section. We can call it Awareness.

1 like
Reply

Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions and ideas. As a group, I think it’s a great idea to get more information and awareness to the group in general.

2 likes
Reply

Thank you Leah 😊

1 like
Reply

You’re welcome, Jerry!😀

1 like
Reply

That's awesome Jerry, thanks for taking action on this. This awareness will benefit both diabetics and non-diabetics. I look forward to getting involved to this campaign.

2 likes
Reply

Thank you Luckysugar.

1 like
Reply

Hi Jerry. I am type 2 diabetic patient for the last 15 years. In the year 2011 I had to undergo amputation of my left major toe due to gangerine and then again in 2015 I had to undergo CABG.I will be thankful to you if you keep posting your findings in this forum.

2 likes
Reply

Hi Sattu1959, thank you and thank you for sharing your story and I'm sorry for what you've been through.

2 likes
Reply

Best way - is to RAISE FUNDS - and help poor people in Villages -

Reply

Thank you very much sir.Hoping to hear from you very soon sir.

2 likes
Reply

Thank you my friend 😊

1 like
Reply

You may also like...