Update: Apr 21, 2021 2:56 PM STI
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], April 21 (ANI / NewsView): The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a dark shadow on the lives and health of people around the world. Among those most at risk of its serious complications are those with diabetes.
To enable patients to achieve and maintain good control over diabetes, and thereby reduce their risk of COVID, Kauvery Hospital launched the Diabetes Helpline Center.
The 24 * 7 service is provided by qualified healthcare professionals and nurses who will respond to inquiries from the public and guide them to the appropriate expertise.
“COVID-19 and diabetes are a double whammy for the patient. Many patients with uncontrolled diabetes develop many complications. These can be categorized into two: microvascular complications (diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy, etc.) and macrovascular complications (heart attacks, lesions In general, Hba1c levels in diabetic patients should be below 7; higher levels make diabetic patients vulnerable to the development of infections or other complications, ”said Dr K Baraneedharan, Senior Consultant Diabetologist, Kauvery Hospital Chennai.
A person with diabetes needs to monitor certain parameters, including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and liver and kidney function tests. People with diabetes are likely to develop complications such as impaired vision, reduced kidney function, nerve damage, heart disease, etc.
“The helpline should organize counseling and care for all stages of diabetes. People who have very early diabetes or pre-diabetic stages can ask for advice on diet plans, activities. wellness, etc. Those suffering from complications such as Diabetic Retinopathy or Diabetic Neuropathy should receive the right advice and guidance from the respective specialty.We also have a dedicated Diabetic Foot Care Management team that will assist them. patients to prevent diabetic foot, and thus avoid ulcers and amputations, ”added Dr. Baranee.
“In these difficult times, it is important for all of us to be safe and take care of our overall health. Staying at home is just as important, and an initiative like this certainly helps a lot. for those looking for medical advice and recommendations without having to. pay a visit to the hospital. I urge people to use these facilities and not overlook any health concerns. I congratulate the team at the Kauvery Hospital for launching this remarkable initiative which will help the general public, ”said Latha Rajinikanth, educator, musician and President of the Shree Daya Foundation.
Speaking about the launch of the Diabetes Helpline Center, Dr Manivannan Selvaraj, Founder and CEO of the Kauvery Group of Hospital, said: “Besides heredity, environmental factors are a major contributor to the onset of diabetes. in the past year we see an increase in the number of patients with newly detected diabetes and diabetic patients developing early complications due to a sedentary lifestyle avoiding physical activity, working from home, blood sugar diets etc. The quality of health of many of them deteriorated further as they did not seek treatment from health centers fearing the possibility of infection. We also saw that the most common comorbidity that life threatening for COVID patients was diabetes.
As we fight the pandemic, we are also focusing on stabilizing these life-threatening comorbidities of patients with COVID. Among these burdens is diabetes. The help desk will help people get quality information from the right expert. The COVID vaccination is one of our great hopes and initiative in controlling the pandemic and the helpline will also guide people with diabetes on their vaccine-related questions and concerns. “
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