Launches Diabetic Home Care that provides consultation and routine checkup services at patient’s residence
Meenakshi Mission Hospital recently organised a press conference on the occasion of World Diabetes Day 2020, which falls on November 14 every year. The event also marked the launch of Diabetic Home Care package of Meenakshi Mission Hospital. The package offers consultations and services of diabetologists, physicians, specialists, physiotherapists, dieticians, and paramedical staff at the residences of patients. It also includes routine investigations such as urine analysis, fasting lipid profile, liver function test, renal function test and thyroid function test.
“Keeping Diabetes Mellitus under control is the best healthcare strategy available for diabetic patients in the time of COVID-19 pandemic, as over 70 per cent of the people who succumbed to the infection in India either had diabetes or both diabetes and hypertension,” said Dr CR Mahesh Babu, Consultant, Department of Diabetology, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre. He added that it is estimated that about 50 per cent of the diabetic patients who lost their lives to covid had poorly managed diabetes.
Citing reports, Dr Babu pointed out that COVID-19 is found to have the potential to induce diabetes in healthy people. Hence it is important that the healthy individuals strictly follow personal hygiene, social distancing, and other COVID-19 guidelines to protect themselves from getting infected, and from becoming vulnerable to diabetes.
He further informed that COVID-19 infection could not only worsen the status of existing diabetic conditions, but it can also lead to the onset of diabetes. Though exactly how COVID-19 infection makes people diabetic is not established clearly, the medical community believes that it was the result of the damage caused by the infection to the pancreatic beta cells, which in turn compromise the secretion of insulin.
Dr Babu opined that the pandemic has shown the public the importance of personal hygiene, immunity, and the need to keep chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity at bay by following necessary lifestyle modifications, and, in the case of diabetic patients, the need to keep diabetes under control.