Sai Retina Foundation takes an unique initiative in the field of Juvenile Diabetes

Top Quote Sai Retina Foundation organizes "Catch them Early", an awareness event on Type - 1 Juvenile Diabetics. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 17, 2014 - On the occasion of World Diabetes Day which is observed globally on November 14, 2014; Sai Retina Foundation organized a Diabetes Walk (initiative of World Diabetes Forum) in collaboration with Asha Deep Foundation & EDMC. More than 100 children participated in this walk aiming to raise awareness about diabetes in young children. Post the walk, the foundation in collaboration with All India Ophthalmic society organized a Free Diabetic Eye Screening Camp (DESC) at Shahadara wherein they screened approximately 200 people of which 30 turned out to be Diabetic and would have a follow up treatment at Sai Retina Foundation.

    Following with these initiatives, on November 15th Sai Retina Foundation organized the event, "Catch Them Early - Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes", to create awareness among insulin dependent diabetics (Juvenile). In type 1 diabetes (also called insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes), the pancreas can't make insulin. The body can still get glucose from food but the glucose can't get into the cells where it's needed. Glucose stays in the blood, which makes the blood sugar level very high and causes health problems. To fix the problem, someone with type 1 diabetes needs to take insulin through regular shots or an insulin pump. Since there is a alarming possibility of diabetes affecting all the important organs of the body, these patients have to be monitored from a very early age or else after a particular period the important organs e.g. kidney, eyes, start failing.

    Also, it was discussed that if a person has had diabetes for a long period say 20 years or so; almost 90% of them have chances of developing Diabetic Retinopathy (DR). A healthy lifestyle which includes balanced diets, regular exercise, and regular checkups can all help in keeping diabetes in control. One of the major factors affecting the rise of diabetes is lack of awareness about diabetes and high dropout rate of patients. Sai Retina Foundation is the only centre who has made Diabetes Screening mandatory at their centre with the aim to catch diabetic patients as early as possible.

    The event started on an auspicious note by Padma Shri Awardee Vidushi Sumitra Guha. After a melodious welcome the event saw discussions and talks on various aspects of Juvenile Diabetes by renowned faculty like Dr J. S Guha (COO, Sai Retina Foundation), Dr. Rajesh Kesari (renowned Diabetologist, Total Care Control) and Dr. Shivani Jain (Consultant, Sai Retina Foundation) and Dr. Archana Dayal Arya (renowned, Diabetologist).

    Dr. Jayant Guha, Founder Sai Retina Foundation says, "Sai Retina Foundation aims to catch the unknown diabetics, counsel the known diabetics of the co-morbidities of diabetes and treat them all. We aim to have Diabetic Conscious India and treat as many patients as we can. Our Mobile Retina Van is one huge step in catching these patients as early as possible."

    SAI RETINA FOUNDATION (SRF) came into existence in September 2008, with an aim to create awareness in the community about Diabetes and its related co morbidities and to treat those affected with Diabetic Retinopathy and other eye related problems at their Centre. Dr. Jayant Guha, believes that there is strong need for a dedicated centre to tackle retinal disorders. The foundation has a Complete Eye Care centre at Dilshad Colony with all modern facilities for high tech eye care and with a team of eminent super specialists. Sai Retina Foundation also commissioned a community based eye care project in collaboration with several NGO's in which their Mobile Retina Van arrives at the pre-determined site and screens around 250-300 persons in each camp for diabetes and other eye related problems. All ocular eyes disorder are further investigated and treated accordingly at Sai Retina Foundation. All diagnoses and treatment are free of cost.

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