80-year-olds show the way in fighting diabetes


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
80-year-olds show the way in fighting diabetes

At a time when even 20-year-olds are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, 80-year-olds seem to be leading the way in showing how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent or control the disease.

A recent review by M V Hospital for Diabetics has shown that 40% of its patients who are more than 80 years old have been living with diabetes for more than 20 years. But a majority, 55%, continue to be on oral medication without insulin, and 28% have no complications, said the managing director of the group of hospitals, Dr Vijay Vishwanathan.

Doctors say this trend could be because these patients probably led a healthier lifestyle when younger. "It is being perceived now that diabetes is more of a lifestyle disorder that can be attributed to modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity and consumption of junk and unhealthy foods," said Cancer Institute chairperson Dr V Shanta.

The review revealed that just 2% of the patients underwent amputations and 8% had Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery done. "This shows that with regular medication, lifestyle modification and proper awareness any diabetic can live a long and healthy life," said Dr Vishwanathan.

Many hospitals are encouraging more 80-year-olds to get tested for diabetes, because it could be controlled if detected early. M V Diabetic Hospital on Saturday launched the Senior Citizen 80+ outpatient privilege card. Patients can use this card and avail a 50% concession on tests like PP blood sugar, urea creatinine, foot examination, lipid profile and ECG.
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