Dance and music competitions mark the diabetes consciousness program

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Dance and music competitions mark the diabetes awareness program

To commemorate World Diabetes Day, the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Christian Medical College has been holding a series of events for high school and college students in the town of Vellore since October 2019.

As part of the Valedictory program for the 2019-20 World Diabetes Day celebrations, a dance competition for schoolchildren and students was organized on Saturday. The topic for students was “How Can Diabetes Affect the Heart?” and for students the topic was “Is Diabetes Associated With Depression?”

The Bharatanatyam dance performance by Bannerjee, a Class II student from West Bengal, was a highlight of the competition.

Dr. Lakshmi Seshadri, former head of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Christian Medical College, stressed the importance of exercise in preventing lifestyle diseases. “Dancing is an intense form of exercise that is also culturally enriching,” she said.

Dr. Lakshmi said that despite one of the better primary care and government health systems in Tamil Nadu, patients with severely uncontrolled sugar levels are a common phenomenon. She said early detection and intervention along with educating patients about how to manage the disease were the solutions.

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