The number of diabetics in India has crossed the 70 million mark! History tells us that humanity’s battles against disease have been decisively won only with adequate knowledge and awareness among the people. Diabetes Health, a bi-monthly magazine published by the Chellaram Foundation, is an initiative in this direction. It is a step focused in the direction of education and awareness. In every issue we hope to deal with topics relevant to diabetes, in the context of modern Indian life.
Our body relies on food not only for energy but also to meet the nutritional requirements that are crucial to its functioning. In today’s world, several types of diet are followed by people, either to meet their health requirement or simply as a lifestyle choice. In this issue of Diabetes Health magazine, we look at the vegan diet which consists of whole-food, plant-based foods such as vegetables, pulses and vegetable oils. This diet avoids the intake of animal-derived products such as dairy and meats. But the question arises - how do people on a vegan diet meet their nutritional requirements? The answer is - substitution. For example, cow’s milk could be substituted with soy milk and cottage cheese could be replaced by tofu made of soy milk to increase protein intake. This issue of Diabetes Health explores the health benefits of a vegan diet for people with Diabetes. This issue also discusses the link between sleep and Diabetes, provides tips to effectively manage Diabetes and presents two scenarios on how family support is crucial role in Diabetes management. Also in this issue: • Be hypoglycaemia aware • Heart attack or chest burn: how to tell? • Oral care in children with Type 1 Diabetes • Smart Diabetes management • Quiz, answers to readers' queries, Diabetes news and a lot more