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Diabetics in Hyderabad exercise less, eat more

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HYDERABAD: Eat more and work less – that’s what aptly describes the diabetic population in Hyderabad as found in an eight city survey recently.

The survey carried out simultaneously in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Trivandrum and Hyderabad during June-August revealed how Hyderabadis suffering from Type 2 diabetes seldom exercise.

Titled ‘Food, Spikes and Diabetes survey’ and released ahead of the World Diabetes Day on November 14 by pharma major Abbott and a research agency, found that only 23% diabetics surveyed in Hyderabad exercise – the laziest among all the diabetic respondents in the eight city survey. Their Chennai counterparts gave them close company as they were next in line with 25% of them saying they exercised.

“For diabetics, exercise is the first lifestyle modification that is recommended. Even a brisk walk for 45 minutes is found to increase the sensitivity of glucose transporter GLUT4, which ultimately helps in controlling the sugar levels,” said Dr Sanjoy Paul, senior consultant diabetologist, Apollo Sugar Clinic, Hyderabad.

This is not all as the worst and probably the most shocking part of the findings was that Hyderabadi diabetics reported the highest calorie consumption standing at 3,445Kcal per day, again the highest among the diabetic respondents in the eight city survey. Their high eating habits was followed closely by their Kolkata counterparts with 3,256Kcal per day.

It is not just the calorie-laden meals, what’s worse was the diabetics in the city were found maintaining a wide gap between waking up and eating their breakfast at an average time-gap of 3.05 hours (longest duration followed closely by their Kolkata counterparts with 2.45 hours). They also ate only three meals, contrary to what experts would suggest for such patients.

“For diabetics, our advice always has been not just to keep count of their calorie intake but break-down their three meals into five – 8-9am for breakfast, mid-morning snack at 11am, lunch, midevening snack at around 4pm followed by dinner at around 8pm. This is because when the gap between two meals increases, it increases the hunger leading to more eating and calorie intake,” said Dr G Arun, senior endocrinologist, Yashoda Hospitals, Somajiguda.

Interestingly, the top three favorite foods mentioned in the survey were idli, vada, upma for breakfast and chapati, rice, vegetable curry, dal and pulses in lunch respectively.

But, how does a diabetic measure calorie intake and how much food is too much, is a difficult question that experts said differs from person to person and needs to be chalked out only by a nutritionist.

“For a diabetic, 25-30kcal per kg of body weight is the recommended intake. Those still confused on how to measure calorie intake, they can refer to food atlas, which feature hundreds of foods eaten across regions in various portion sizes along with main nutritional values,” said Dr Sujatha Stephen, chief nutritionist at Maxcure Hospitals, Madhapur.

Highlighting the importance of the survey, Bhasker Iyer, vice president, Abbott, said, “Insights from this study will allow people to control their diabetes, helping them live a full life”.

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Namaz to Zakat, Old City is App-ening

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HYDERABAD: Eighty-year-old Fariduddin Ahmed no longer depends on his grandson Hamid to know the exact Namaz timings these days. All he has to do is switch on the Namaz app on his smartphone before getting ready for his daily prayers.

“With age catching up and my memory failing, this new technology has become very handy,” said Ahmed, who lives in Moghalpura, at the heart of the Old City.

The list of mobile applications is not just limited to Namaz timings alone. Dozens of applications dedicated to give the user an insight into Muslim cuisine, Arabian Tales and the Hadith (Prophet ‘s sayings) have become immensely popular in the Old City cutting across generations.

Almost every other Muslim youth has an app which gives him the exact Namaz timings for the day and choicest of azan ringtones that he can download.

“Smartphone have changed our lives so much! Not just timings, I am greatly benefited by one application that helps me translate the Quran into English and read it,” says Shoaib Khan, who lives in upscale Banjara Hills.

Mobile phone traders in the Old City admit a 60 growth in the number of people who are buying phones with such features over what it was during the same period last year.

“Many of my students prefer having Namaz timings on their phones. And, now that smartphones have become common, they tend to share the applications,” said Md Ayub Siddiqui, assistant professor, Arab Studies, English and Foreign Languages University.
“My wife uses a similar application to keep a tab on the prayer timings,” he added.

Traders say that there are special phones which have applications and e-books on the teachings of Quran. “In a month, we have managed to sell as many as 20 phones. Now there are many teens who are asking for phones which have the capability to store the Quran and other such religious scriptures,” said Abdul Azeem, a mobile phone trader.

Then there are other applications which deal with religious donations (zakat) as well. “There are a few applications where the user has to enter his annual earnings and the phone would calculate the amount of zakat they should give away. There are some phones like the Peace Mobile, which have as many as 200 ringtones based on religious recitations. They are also selling like hot-cakes in the city,” added Azeem.

Scholars say the availability of such applications could help counter ‘religious intolerance’ as it would give every smartphone user a perspective into Islam.

“I have noticed that there are many youngsters who prefer having such applications in their phones. By doing so, they are helping clear all misconceptions about Islam. I have heard that there are a few applications where one gets to read holy scriptures across religions,” said Dr Muzzafar Alam, associate professor of Arabic Studies at EFLU.

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Parrikar urged to put off Gough Road closure

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HYDERABAD: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has urged Union minister for defence Manohar Parrikar to instruct the army authorities concerned in Secunderabad cantonment to postpone the proposed closure of Gough Road till an alternative road is found for civilians.

The chief minister, in his letter to the Union minister on Thursday, said that civilians residing in and around the military areas of Sainikpuri, ECIL and AS Rao Nagar have been facing problems due to restrictions on usage and closure of the roads by the Army Ordnance Corps.

Chandrasekhar Rao said that a delegation of people’s representatives comprising parliament and state legislature representatives led by the deputy chief minister of Telangana met him on June 15, 2015. They submitted a memorandum highlighting the difficulties being faced by commuters due to closure of army-owned roads and sought his intervention in the matter. The chief minister said that despite the matter being taken up at the level of local AOC authorities and Union ministry, AOC authorities decided to close Gough Road causing severe inconvenience to civilians.

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