Six As to combat Diabetes

In Shakespearean language we say, “The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves.” Many times, we tend to blame our genes and forefathers for the disease we bear but seldom we realise that power is in our hands to take care of our body and health.

Do you often wonder why you are doing this course and how will it benefit you? You are in the right page.

We have taken this initiative of introducing Art of Living with Diabetes to bring about a paradigm shift in the diabetes management system by moving the deeply fragmented model to a 360-degree care model. We researched on the six major knowledge gaps that has made this disease take such deadly turns in our lives. These gaps are classified as six A’s.

Awareness

Awareness is low in India in the urban as well as the rural areas. Primary awareness about diabetes is unlikely if people are unaware about the risk factors like obesity, hypertension activity level and family history of diabetes. People rarely have the knowledge about the conditions and its complications.

Acceptability

Acceptability plays an important role post diagnosis in a diabetic patient. Usually, patients tend to go to the denial mode after diagnosis and social stigma also plays a role in it. It is important for the patient to accept his or her diabetic status and take the necessary steps immediately to avoid unnecessary complications.

Access

Access plays an important role in diabetes management and care. Due to lack of access to specialists in hospitals, patients tend to get diagnosed by a general practitioner who depend mainly on medication driven treatment rather than lifestyle intervention and other modern treatment options to manage the patients’ condition. Also, in most patients, use of insulin is delayed due to misconceptions, that its use may have adverse effects on health.

Adoption

Adoption of a healthy diet and a daily exercise regime, apart from medication and monitoring is the key to significant lifestyle modification that aids in managing diabetes effectively. But most people with diabetes are not able to adapt to this new change due to the effort and discipline involved. Many youngsters, who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes, do not like to take their medication in public or reveal their condition to their friends primarily due to the social stigma attached to the condition when finding spouses. This attitude towards managing diabetes further worsens the condition.

Adherence

Adherence to medication and regular monitoring is a key contributor to diabetes treatment outcome. Without regular blood sugar monitoring, control on blood sugar level becomes difficult leading to poor glycaemic control, which can directly raise the risk of complications and increase the cost burden. Improper adherence to the recommended guidelines of diabetes management is an issue present in India due to sub-optimal knowledge, which leads to a delay in diagnosis and improper management of blood glucose levels.

Affordability

Affordability for treatment of diabetes and its associated complications is difficult for middle income families and mostly it is it is an out of pocket expense for patients. Since, it is a painless condition in the initial stage most people do not prefer to spend on its management. Hence, it can be considered that the financial burden borne by people with diabetes depends on their awareness level, economic status and social insurance policies available in their country.

Keeping all these aspects in mind, this course has been designed for common people which would help in combating this silent killer. Do remember, at times it is more than just medications that count in fighting a disease successfully.

Don’t let diabetes defeat you, reverse your fate with the right knowledge.

Course is designed by Eminent Nephrologist, Dr. Pratim Sengupta (MD-Medicine) (DM-Nephrology).

To Join the course at : https://savekidney.spayee.com/s/store/courses/description/Art-of-Living-With-Diabetes

Published by Dr.Pratim Sengupta

Dr. Pratim Sengupta thinks of himself as conscious, living, soulful being with an inner urge to break the inertia of life. He feels that life is nothing but a material expression of the Supreme Almighty Consciousness. His conscious existence empowered him to see, to hear, to talk, to interact, to feel, to dream, to ask questions, and to seek solutions to every problem. In the flow of life, as he grew up, he understood that knowledge of life is the only way to understand the scientific basis of conscious existence. Hence Dr. Sengupta felt the urge to study the science of life – i.e. Medicine. After he completed his higher secondary education from the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira in Belurmath, he joined the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) course at RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata. The professional packaging of knowledge in terms of a time-bound, goal-oriented syllabus frustrated him a bit, but nevertheless ignited the urge within him to study further. He thus went on to his post-graduation (MD) in Medicine from IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. During his MD training, he got a glimpse of the vastness of knowledge, and the quest to learn precisely the facts of life narrowed down his area of interest to the functioning of the kidneys and the specialisation of Nephrology – a discipline that is complex, yet relatively new and still evolving in terms of complete understanding of renal physiology and pathology. So, Dr. Sengupta decided to study and train for the DM (Doctorate of Medicine) degree in Nephrology. Right from the start of his career, Dr. Sengupta was passionate about Research. During the MD programme he worked on Cirrhotic Cardiomyopathy, Autonomic Neuropathy of Lupus, and Insulin resistance in Diabetics. All these research studies were published in national journals. During his postdoctoral study in Nephrology, he worked on Hemodialysis efficiency, and suggested an angular placement of the Dialyser in order to increase efficiency. This innovative concept was accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Nephrology, Milan, in 2009, and also published in Hemodialysis International. Dr. Sengupta also worked on Plasmapheresis – a blood filtering technique by which toxic and pathogenic immunoglobulins can be removed from the body. He studied the role of Prethymectomy Plasmapheresis in Myasthenia Gravis patients, and his findings were published in the journal Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. The patient-empowered nutritional model for nutritional care of kidney patients is another interesting and innovative area in which Dr. Sengupta has worked for quite a long time. Dr.Pratim Sengupta won the Bharat Jyoti award for his excellency in the field of medicine. He is also the president of our non-governmental organization, The Kidney Care Society. His tireless contribution to provide quality living for his patients is worth mentioning. He introduced Mukti, blending ancient Indian yoga with modern medicine for well being of every patient. He has also introduced an unique online course "Art of Living with diabetes" which is a complete solution to diabetes management. He has authored many books, blogs, for the patients. Searching and researching for solutions to problems in the field of Nephrology remains the passion and dream of Dr. Pratim Sengupta, and he intends to persist on this journey as long as he is conscious. Meanwhile, even as he pursues his dreams, Dr. Sengupta diligently puts into practice all he has learned about Nephrology over the years, at the Belle Vue Clinic in Kolkata and ILS hospital,Dumdum where he is available for his patient

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