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Losing your feet to diabetes

The Delhi Diabetes Research Centre has organised a week-long Diabetes Awareness Campaign in the Capital on the occasion of The World Diabetes Day from this past Monday. The DDRC will distribute over 70,000 leaflets in the ongoing India International Trade Fair premises at Pragati Maidan, over 12,000 of which were distributed on the first day itself.

Foot amputations

The campaign, ending this Sunday, is focusing on providing information regarding Diabetes Mellius, which causes more than 40,000foot amputations every year in India.

Says Dr Ashok Jhingan, Chairman, DDRC, "The diabetic foot is a matter of serious concern but lack of awareness among people and doctors cause people to loose their limbs."

The DDRC states that the first sign of the condition is the loss of sensation of pain in the foot due to which injuries and burns go unnoticed."

He says, during the winter months, many people place their feet too close to the heaters and fires which cause serious burns that go unnoticed due to the lack of sensation in the feet. These injuries cause infection that eventually results in gangrene and is the major cause of amputation. People who were smokers or had high cholesterol, were at a higher risk, he adds.

The DDRC will also inaugurate the first Foot Clinic in Northern India this month, as lack of specialised care is a major cause of the uncontrolled spread of the condition.

sAs a part of the campaign, DDRC volunteers are visiting government organisations like BHEL, Indian Airlines and The State Bank to distribute leaflets and inform the people about the dangers of the diabetic foot.

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