Delhi, 4 Nov 2022: The Union Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, today launched the Center for Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders at the Symbiosis Teaching Hospital and Research Center in Pune.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, who is also a renowned diabetologist and life patron of the coveted RSSDI (Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India) described the New Center as timely and much needed in view of the increasing incidence of metabolic diseases. and related to lifestyle. disorders The Center would focus on preventive detection of the most common disease: diabetes.
The entire Symbiosis Aarogya Dham is located on the picturesque campus of Symbiosis International University in Gram Lavale, Pune. The medical school and its attached Symbiosis teaching hospital and research center have state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that, in the last two decades, India has seen a rise in type 2 diabetes mellitus, which has now reached pan-Indian proportions. He said that type 2 diabetes, which until two decades ago was mainly prevalent in South India, today is equally widespread in North India and at the same time has also moved from metropolitan areas, cities and urban areas. to the rural hinterland.
Citing recently published guidelines from the Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, there has been a 150% increase in the number of people with diabetes in the country over the last three decades. He said the main concern is the progressive decline in the age at which type 2 diabetes is diagnosed, with the prevalence of the disease becoming evident in the 25-34 age group in both urban and rural areas.
Dr. Jitendra Singh said that lifestyle management plays an essential role in managing type 1 diabetes, and understanding the effect of diet and physical activity on blood glucose is essential for optimal disease management. The Minister pointed out that even in the pre-COVID era, it had been proven with evidence that in the treatment of non-communicable diseases, such as Diabetes-Mellitus, the dose of insulin or oral antidiabetics could be carried. below with the adjunctive practice of certain Yoga Asana and lifestyle modifications available at Naturopathy.
Dr. Jitendra Singh also reported that under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare NHM Free Medicines Service Initiative, financial support is provided to states/UTs for the provision of free essential medicines, including insulin, for the poor and needy, including children. In addition, quality generic medicines, including insulin, are available at affordable prices for all, under the ‘Jan Aushadhi Plan’, in collaboration with state governments.
In addition, government hospitals provide treatment free of charge. Hospital care treatment is also available under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) for families of Rs 10.74 crore eligible under AB-PMJAY as per 2011 Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) database .
Referring to the Prime Minister’s groundbreaking announcement of the “National Digital Health Mission” from the walls of the Red Fort on August 15, 2020, said Dr. Jitendra Singh, technology will be used wisely to reduce challenges in treatment . He quoted Modi as saying: “All Indians will get a health ID. This health ID will function as a health account for every Indian. This account will contain the details of every test, every illness, the doctors he saw, the medications he took, and the diagnosis. We are devising a system that will help each and every citizen to make a better and informed decision.”
The Symbiosis Center for Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders is equipped with a body composition machine, skinfold thickness measurement gauge, biothesiometer for early detection of neuropathy, portable vascular Doppler, podiascan, etc., while the nutritionist and nurse educator in diabetes will be available to advise the patient and their families to ensure the correct type of diet and its importance. The main focus at the center is to prevent complications and ensure that patients are guided to maintain a good lifestyle.
All allied specialists such as cardiology, podiatric surgeon, neurologist and ophthalmologist are available at the center to ensure end-to-end services. Also, another major lifestyle concern is obesity and the center aims to provide surgical and non-interventional remedies for these patients. In addition to diabetes and obesity, the center would also care for patients with thyroid disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other metabolic and endocrine disorders.
The presence of sister institutes within the campus such as the Symbiosis Institute of Technology, the Symbiosis School of Biological Sciences, and Research Centers such as the Symbiosis Center for Stem Cell Research (SCSCR), the Symbiosis Center for Analytical of Medical Imaging (SCMIA), the Symbiosis Center for Emotional Well-Being (SCEW), the Symbiosis Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence (SCAAI), the Symbiosis Center for Behavioral Studies (SCBS), the Symbiosis Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SCNN) and the Symbiosis Center for Waste Resource Management (SCWRM) will assist in the strong focus on academics and research.