Hemas Hospitals Thalawathugoda concludes diabetes awareness drive

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By 2017-11-21

Hemas Hospitals Thalawathugoda concluded a special awareness campaign in lieu of World Diabetes Day last week, the healthcare provider stated in a press release.

The programme, which concluded 17 November, served to raise awareness about diabetes, which is currently the 8th-leading cause of global deaths and is expected to be the 5th by 2030, according to the World Health Organization.
Studies by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) indicate that 1 in 12 adults in Sri Lanka suffer from diabetes, which totals to an alarming 1.16 million patients. The progamme was conducted with the theme 'Women and Diabetes', because as per latest statistics, it is apparent that women are more susceptible to the condition than men, especially during and after pregnancy.

The programme, titled 'Powerful women make diabetes powerless', aimed to educate women on minimizing the risk of diabetes through a healthy lifestyle and, if already diabetic, how the condition can be mitigated through diet and exercise.
During the programme, a counter was set up to provide information, while women were offered a free RBS test to assess their risk of diabetes. An educational programme was also conducted by a panel of experts, including Consultant Endocrinologist Dr. Manilka Sumanathilake and Consultant Gynaecologist Dr. Romaine Fernando. The programme also featured a cooking demonstration, aiding participants to stay fit and eat healthy: the key to keeping diabetes at bay. Hemas Hospitals management also distributing healthy gift packs to all female employees on the occasion.

Resident Consultant Gynaecologist Dr. Romanie Fernando said, "We believe that women are the backbone of society and if they're not looked after, everything will collapse and will be dysfunctional.
The programme aimed to educate and help women make positive changes in their lifestyles to minimize the risk of diabetes and lead a long, healthy life. Also, we believe the fight against diabetes should start from home; mothers make food-related decisions in typical Sri Lankan households and through raising awareness and educating them, we can make a tangible change in the rising and alarming diabetes statistics in Sri Lanka."

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