Mumbai, November 15, 2018: On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC partnered with the Mumbai Traffic Police conducted a free diabetes check-up at the traffic police headquarters at Pochkhanawala road, Worli. The cops were checked for Blood Pressure, Random Blood Sugar Test, BMI, Bone Density and were provided with a doctor consultation. Over 200 traffic cops were tested today with the help of the 5tests.

“We want to make health a top priority for our men. Our men live a very hectic lifestyle and we want to make sure that their health is being monitored on a regular basis. Given the prevalence of diabetes in India, it is important to promote timely detection and management of the disease. Initiatives like these help in creating awareness and promoting a holistic approach towards a healthier lifestyle.”said Shri Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Mumbai

Mr. Gautam Khanna, CEO, P.D. Hinduja Hospital & MRC said “The warning signs for diabetes can be so mild and often go undetected, this is specifically true in the case of Type 2 diabetes. Most people don’t find out that they are diabetic until they start experiencing problems from long-term damage cause by diabetes. In the wake of this, we felt it was our responsibility to organise a camp for susceptible populations and ensure that they are able to get the timely medical attention that they would need”.

The traffic police spend hours standing on their feet, navigating traffic jams and directing vehicles. This coupled with an unhealthy lifestyle can take a toll on their health making it imperative to organize health check-ups that will drive police cops to prioritise their health. Majority of the traffic cops who reported for testing were found to be having a prior history of hypertension, obesity, making them susceptible to developing diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This leads to an increased concentration of glucose in the blood (hyperglycaemia). Diabetes is a growing challenge in India with an estimated 8.7% diabetic population in the age group of 20 and 70 years[i]. This rise in diabetes is driven by numerous factors like rapid urbanization, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets and tobacco use. Timely detection, management and adoption of a healthy lifestyle are key to combating diabetes. With this initiative, Hinduja aims to reinforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of diabetes and encourage the traffic cops to take charge of their health.

Corporate Comm India(CCI Newswire)

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