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Myth or Reality

Myth or Reality

Fake claims of Type 1 diabetes reversal, which is specially found in children have often led to death.

A controlled life with proper checks and measures in place for a diabetic can ensure that he lives long and healthy

Diabetes reversal can only be possible in early diagnosis of the condition in pre-complications stage and can take place with continual treatment and diet checks

Ahmedabad

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), one of the apex trade associations of India concluded the eleventh edition of the ‘Illness to Wellness’ series themed Diabetes Reversal: ‘Myth or Reality’ with eminent diabetologist Dr. V Mohan, Chairman and Chief Diabetologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre. The expert in conversation with Anil Rajput, Chairman, ASSOCHAM CSR Council and moderator Dr. Rajesh Kesari, Founder and Director, Total Care Control, discussed at length the reality of diabetes reversal and how it can be achieved.

Supported by the hygiene brand SAVLON, the programme which promotes healthy living with focus on wellness and preventive health through healthy habits, diet, exercise, and holistic health saw the veteran speaker highlight on the issue of false claims of diabetes reversals being made by quacks and fake messages to allure vulnerable patients and their families.

Speaking on the fatal results of trusting fake claims, Padma Shri Dr. V Mohan, Chairman and Chief Diabetologist, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialties Centre warned that there are certain types of diabetes that cannot be reversed. “Type 1 diabetes affects children largely with zero production of insulin in the body and needs to be treated continuously to be kept alive. One must keep in mind that there is no reversal of Type 1 diabetes, so if any quack tells you that I can reverse Type 1 diabetes, please don’t listen to them. Deaths have occurred when families have gone ahead with alternative medicines to treat Type 1 medicines and the child died. This is a form of murder. When you know that there is no cure and you are still promising a cure and killing a child in the process,” he said.

Sharing the reality of diabetes reversal, he explained that it is only possible with early diagnosis of diabetes in the pre-complications stage and can take place with continual treatment and diet checks. While a patient at a stage, may be able to make his diabetes condition better through exercising and dieting, once he or she stops, the condition may go back to its previous levels.

“In diabetes we do not use the term cure, even reversal is not the correct term because once you reverse a situation, it should not resurface, but in diabetes, if patients are not cautious, it can resurface. We can only call it a remission. In remission, it hides behind a curtain and if you allow it, it will surface again. People need to understand the difference between reversal and remission,” he said.

Dr. Mohan also shared a few mantras to live by to have a long and healthy life with diabetes. This included detecting diabetes early, keeping blood sugar, blood pressure and lipids under control, observe strict restrictions for first 10 years of diagnosis, exercise regularly with balanced diet and visit doctors 3-4 times in a year.

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