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BODY AND MIND

TheIndian EXPRESS

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HEALTH

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THE city will see blood donations camps being set up in four places over the course of five days, from November 17 to 21. On November 17, the camp will be held at Sahyadri Hospital, Bibwewadi. On November 18, a camp will be set up at Prerna High School, Kalewadi and Shivaji Vidya Mandir, Chakan. On November 19, another blood donation camp will be set up at Shubham Complex, near Railway station, Talegaon.

World Diabetes Day celebrated ON the occasion of World Diabetics Day on November 14, a cycle rally and walkathon was organised in the city. The rally, which went from Jehangir hospital to Shaniwarwada saw many firsts. For example, Shaniwarwada was lit up in blue as a part of the International Diabetes Federation theme, blue being the colour of diabetes awareness worldwide.

Cervical Cancer Screening arranged GYNECOLOGICAL Society (POGS) arranged "POGS Cervical Cancer Screening Week" from 8th to 13th November 2010. More than 30 hospitals, both Governmental and private, and nursing homes participated in this program. During this week, patients were screened with a new test called VIA(Visual Inspection of Cervix with Acetic Acid), free of charge. On 13th November 2010, they also organised a public awareness program in Kelkar Hall. Well known doctors spoke on topics related to cervical cancer, breast cancer and ways to diagnose it early.

which is high in sugar. This can cause the toes and in many cases part, or the whole foot to be amputated if quick and correct treatment is not taken. When the nerves of the feet are damaged, the sensation of the foot is decreased and the normal structure of the foot starts to change and it gets deformed. This decreased sensation also leads to infected cuts and bruises going unnoticed as the sensation of pain is nearly absent, leading to fatal complications. Inadequate patient

Though development of foot problems is not an inevitable consequence of having diabetes, upto a quarter of the patients do suffer from it, say doctors

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NDIA has the highest population of people living with diabetes in the world, with more than 50 million people in the country suffering from it. The disease itself is quite hindering, but the side-effects of it are even worse. Foot problems occur in people with diabetes mellitus and can quickly become

serious. The development of foot problems is not an inevitable consequence of having diabetes, as most foot lesions are preventable. “However, recent statistics are somewhat depressing: approximately a quarter of all diabetics will, at some point in their life, develop sores or breaks (ulcers) in the skin of their feet,” says Dr Abhijit Joshi, Orthopaedic surgeon,

Due to the damage to the Jehangir Hospital. blood vessels and the nerves of “When diabetes is not well the foot, the foot is susceptible controlled, the body's organs to formation of abscess and inand immune system suffer. It fection and bacteria and fungi may cause nerve damage that thrive in an environment takes away the feeling in your feet. Moreover, this disease may Don'ts also reduce blood Tobacco in any form is to be avoided flow to the feet, Wear tight fitting shoes/ footwear making it harder to Burst blistersPoke down edges of heal an injury or renails with scissors for ingrown toe nails sist infection leadGo bare feet even at home ing to abscess forIgnore swelling and redness on feet mation,” he points especially after trivial trauma out.

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education in self care leads to problems which, under normal circumstances, can be averted.

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Do's Examine feet daily especially between toes for redness cuts and bruises Wash feet daily and DRY thoroughly especially between toes After washing apply moisturising cream Wear cotton socks Cut nails carefully. Cut them straight across and file the edges. Get feet examined yearly

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