Creating awareness on diabetes among women

Endocrinologist Dr Usha Sriram, gynecologist Dr Jayashree Gajaraj among others addressing mediapersons in Chennai on Tuesday.

Chennai: Diabetes in women is different and difficult. Studies have shown that women with diabetes have it worse than men, said endocrinologist Dr Usha Sriram.

Addressing a press meet to announce World Diabetes Day on 14 November and DIWWAAAS (Diabetes in Women World Wide Awareness Advocacy Action Strategies) here on Tuesday, she said, “The theme for this year is women and diabetes. For the next one year, we are aiming to concentrate on this as it is important now. There are equal number of men and women who have diabetes.”

“The campaign will coordinate with doctors, working women, home-makers, high school and college girls, care-givers, pregnant women and women with diabetes,” she said.

A social media campaign #Befree will be launched on the occasion. Apart from it, there would be a campaign involving college students to the spread the awareness.

“One out of every two Indians with diabetes are woman and gestational diabetes is rising. It has risen nearly fourfold in 20 years. Creating awareness among women through campaign is the important,” said gynecologist Dr Jayashree Gajaraj.

The World Diabetes Day will be celebrated at ITC Grand Chola on 14 November, where there would panel discussion and the entry is free.

         

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