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Desun Diabetes Week Special Check Up Package
Desun Diabetes Week Special Check Up Package

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is also known as diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder where there are high blood sugar levels for a considerably period.  Usually blood tests help determine such condition.  There is also a health condition of hypoglycemia where there is diminished quantity of sugar levels in blood.  These are broadly classified as Type I (Hypoglycemia) and Type II (Diabetes Mellitus – DM) . The type II diabetes is largely of 3 types.

Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

Type I DM : In this condition the body fails to produce enough insulin. These patients are usually insulin dependent.

Type II DM : In this condition a person develops insulin resistance. Usually people who are overweight or obese and do not perform regular exercise of physical activity undergo such health condition.

Gestational Diabetes: Common with pregnant women usually with no previous condition of diabetes.

Normal Blood Sugar Ranges

Fasting blood sugar levels between 70 to 80 mg/dL or even 60 in some cases are taken to be normal for non diabetics. For pre diabetics even 90 is acceptable. Post lunch \ meal or consuming food the normal range is upto 140 usually 2 hours after eating. Above these are condition where there is excess glucose in blood. Below the lower ranges are lower glucose in blood and in both cases of excess and lower we need to consult doctor soon and get diagnosis, required tests, take prescribed medicines and do lifestyle changes.

Diabetes Impact on Health
Diabetes Impact on Health

Usual Type II – Diabetes Mellitus Symptoms

  • Weight loss
  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Sudden hunger
  • Low energy
  • Blurred vision in some cases
  • Skin problems usually dark patches

Who are More at Risk?

  • People with family history (mostly parents and close relatives)
  • People with more fat in abdomen are more at risk than with people with fat in other body area like legs, back etc
  • People who are mostly inactive and lead a sedentary life
  • People mostly above 45 are more at risk, it is better to be alert and keep monitoring blood sugar levels if you are above 30
  • Pre diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar level is towards higher levels but not as high to be termed as diabetic
  • Diabetes symptoms of high blood glucose levels during pregnancy
  • Women with polycystic ovaries are more at risk

How Diabetes Mellitus Impacts Our Health?

Uncontrolled diabetes can trigger a host of health related problems

  • Heart related and blood vessels related problem
  • Nerve related problems (neuropathy)
  • Kidney related problems (nephropathy)
  • Eye problems (diabetic retinopathy)
  • Foot damage (problems with stepping, walking, sensation)
  • Delayed healing of wounds and cuts
  • Recurrence of diseases
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Some Good Habits That Will Benefit Us?

  • Regular work out, walking, asana or any other type of physical activity. Do take advice of doctor if you already have any health related problem/s
  • Proper and timely consumption of food. You can also consider taking diet chart from qualified dietician
  • Mind control and controlling anger, stress
  • Proper rest and sleeping 8 hours at night
  • No pill popping, taking prescribed medicines only
  • Not ignoring health related problems
  • Undergoing prescribed medical tests in time
  • Yearly once at least diabetes check and general health check for non diabetics. For diabetics periodically monitoring blood glucose level and other required health checks
  • Read about diabetes , make others aware by spreading the message

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Health Awareness Article on Diabetes on World Diabetes Day Friday 14th November 2014

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Desun Hospital is a NABH and NABL accredited superspeciality hospital. Desun has 300 beds, 94 Bed ICU with individual ventilator for each bed and 28 Medical Departments. Desun hospital is a premium hospital in Kolkata India with Steels Ot’s, State of Art health care Infrastructure and 24 Hours Emergency Hospital Admission Service.

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65% Burn Victim Saved by Desun – Burn Victim Hospital Impact Story

Recently in a very critical burn case at Desun Hospital Kolkata achieved success when a burn victim was saved with 65% burn. This is a burn victim impact story at Desun hospotal kolkata’s 24 Hours burn Unit. The hospital facility, doctor team and certainly the patient and patient relates contributed, worked hard and spent tensed moments before this major success was achieved. The story is also featured in a leading Bengali newspaper  eedition of 25th October 2014.

ABP 25th October 2014 Page 11
ABP 25th October 2014 Page 11

The the entire course of action started  when 42 years old resident of Bongaon, Mrs. Ananya Jaiswal was brought to DESUN, she was in an extremely critical condition with 65% burns. Ananya was burned accidentally by crackers while attending a wedding ceremony. There was 45% deep burns on her waist, shoulder, left hand, portion of abdomen along with the face and 20% light burns. Saving Ananya’s life was a real challenge for DESUN’s critical care team as the crucial 48 hours had already passed by; moreover she was obese with 5ft height and weighing 85 Kgs.

On initial screening DESUN’s critical care team found that Ananya had severe complication in infection (Sepsis and Septic shock), with low blood pressure and saturation level (amount of oxygen bound to haemoglobin in the blood expressed as a percentage of the maximal binding capacity). 

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Her haemodynamic (related with the flow of blood within the organs and tissues of the body)condition was found to be very critical. She was kept on multiple lifesaving support system like medical ventilation.

Ananya’scondition started deteriorating. Her organs started to dysfunction, in medical terms Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS). She was put on high end antibiotics and toughest infection control in the burn unit as only DESUN has state-of-art burn unit in Kolkata.

Further, her skin grafting was again a difficult task for the plastic and reconstructive surgeon of DESUN because of her obesity as in case of obese patients skin grafting is very difficult due to layers of fat deposited.This is one of the rarest cases of survival for a burn-victim. It was only possible because of the promptness of DESUN’s round the clock team of specialists comprising of critical care doctors, plastic and reconstructive surgeons and general physician.

It’s rare for anyone to survive with 65% burns that too for an overweight patient of 85 kgs, but Kolkata’s DESUN Hospital made it possible.

The state-of-art burn infrastructure of a burn unit at DESUN helped in Ananya’s speedy recovery. She was back on her feet after 16 weeks to go home. Though the recovery was a long procedure but it was a success. After a few follow ups she was found to be back in her normal routine.




  1. In case of deep burns go to hospital immediately.
  2. Do not take of the clothing which is stuck to the burn victim.
  3. Till medical help is received cover the burns with wet sterile bandage.
  4. Do not put ice or ice water.
  5. If blisters are formed do not prick them.
  6. Do not put butter or any ointments on the burns.
  7. Treatment of burns caused by chemicals and electric should be strictly treated in hospital.

Desun Hospital Kolkata 24 Hours Burn Unit

Care for Burns of all Types / Degrees at DESUN

  1. First Degree Burns –Involves epidermis (outermost layer of the cells). These types of burns heal without scarring, as for example extreme Sunburn.
  2. Second Degree (Superficial) Burns –This involves epidermis and superficial part of dermis (The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis).These types of burns usually heal with intensive care and frequent aseptic dressings in Burns Unit within 3 weeks with some scarring.
  3. Second Degree (Deep) Burns –this involves epidermis and deep dermis. These types of burns take long time to heal with appreciable scarring. These types of burns generally require Skin Grafting in specialised Burns Unit.
  4. Third Degree Burns –– in this case full thickness of the skin including the muscles is burnt. These types of burns require excision and skin grafting in an advanced Burns Unit.

DESUN’s Burns Unit & ICU is well equipped to handle all the above mentioned degrees of burn cases.

Desun’s Burn Team comprises of

  1. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
  2. Physiotherapist to prevent/minimise post burn contractures
  3. Emergency Medicine Physicians and Staff
  4. Psychiatrist
  5. Nutritionist
  6. Nursing Staff

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Heart Related Disease – A Major Killer in India – World Heart Day – September 29, 2014

Heat related disease is a major killer in India. Around 165 people per 100,000 population die from heart related disease in India.  On World Heart day on Monday, September 29 , 2014 we share some information on few health conditions and heart related diseases.

Defining Heart Failure

Heart failure is when the ability of your heart to pump is less than normal condition, it can happen gradually. Heart failure is not total stop of heart function. The pressure in the heart increases with the heart loosing elasticity and pumping chambers getting weaker. This creates lack of oxygen and nutrients in the body.

Some Common Symptoms of Heart failure

Shortness of breath and feeling breathless

Swelling in certain areas of feet, ankles, abdomen

Difficulty sleeping flat in bed and feeling restless

Regular bloating

Irregular pulse rates

Feeling nausea

Quick fatigue

Frequent urinating specially at night


Preventing Heart Attacks in Future

Preventing heart attack in future is important and we need to take few steps for a better heart health. The simple few steps are regular intake of medicines as per prescription, changing life style as required and periodic visit to doctor.

Some Health and Heart Conditions Connected

  1. High Blood Pressure
  2. Regular Stress
  3. Obesity
  4. Smoking
  5. Diabetes


World Heart Day Sep 29 , 2014
World Heart Day Sep 29 , 2014

Few Health and Lifestyle Conditions that Needs to be Taken Care

 1. Heart Disease and High BP – Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (BP) is bad for heart, if it under control with help of medicines then it is much safer than uncontrolled high blood pressure. It slowly damages the heart and health.  People suffering from high BP should be under the treatment of a specialist doctor and try keep BP under control. Some condition arising out of high BP.

Ischemic Heart Disease

It is a condition where the heart muscles are not getting enough blood.  Medical advice from specialist doctors includes proper diet, keeping a healthy body weight , avoiding tobacco products, alcohol, high calorie food, food with lot of fats, salt etc. periodic health and heart checkups with regular consumption of prescriptions medicines.

In some cases heart surgery is required.


2.    Heart Health and Regular Stress

Stress may directly not impact heart condition, but regular stress may worse health conditions. Stress may be a reason for greater damage of health due to cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood sugar. Again regular stress increases unhealthy hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Stress may create blood clots and result in malfunctioning of heart.


3.    Obesity is a major reason for heart failures

Obesity is a major reason for heart related dieses. Obesity has strong connection with nor proper functioning of heart. Being obese may narrow the blood paths to the heart and lack of supply or irregular supply of blood to heart can be a major reason for heart failure.  Obese people have a higher chance of heart attack.


4.    Smoking increases chances of heart attack

Smoking is very bad for health and heart. Smoking increases chances of heart attack. Each cigarette smoked increases the risk of cardio vascular disease. People smoking 1-2 usual quantity packs of cigarettes per day increases their chances of heart attack almost double than a non smoker.

Women smokers, who are also taking birth control pills are at more risk, as they have an increased chance of stroke, heart attack and clotting of blood.

Passive smoking if very regular also increases chances of heart disease. Children get highly affected by passive smoking. Being exposed to an environment where many smokers are there regularly can badly effect health and heart.


The deadly nicotine in cigarettes is major cause for

  1. Decreasing oxygen supply to the heart
  2. Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  3. Chances of blood clotting


5.     Heart disease risk is greater for diabetics

People with diabetes have much higher chances of heart failure or heart disease.. Diabetics have almost 2 times more risk of heart attack than non-diabetics. People with Type 2 diabetes have more chances of heart related diseases.

The increased blood sugar levels builds up higher cholesterol levels. The coronary arteries get hard due to the cholesterol build up. This results in lower supply of blood and nutrition to heart.


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Six Common Fruits for Weight Loss and Weight Management


Fruits are great source of nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidant. A fruit diet once a day will help you to LOOSE WEIGHT, stay FRESH and HEALTHY. Fruits are ideal for weight management programme.

Here are some Fruits that are good for weight management and weight loss



Pineapple: Pineapples are rich with numerous essential nutrients, vitamins, fiber, enzymes, antioxidant, calcium, manganese, potassium and minerals. The fruit is Free of Fat and Cholesterol. It is a good weight loss and weight management fruit. Pineapple fruit contain more than 85% water and is high in fiber. So pineapple will keep the stomach full for a long time and reduce the urge to eat.




Watermelon: Watermelons are completely Free of Fat. Watermelons are rich in A and C, not to mention, B1 and B6, potassium.  It helps reduce Blood Pressure and also pumps the body with energy. Watermelons keep your stomach full to some extent so decrease the intake of food and frequent hunger.


Lemon: Lemons are mostly consumed as juice or you can squeeze half a lemon on your fruit salad or any salad for more taste and great health benefits. Lemons are rich in vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin B, minerals like phosphorous, calcium, magnesium. Lemon juice with Honey is a good recipe for weight loss. Lemon is a good weight loss and weight management fruit.


Banana: Little greenish bananas are rich in soluble starches that speed up the fat-burning process. Raw and green have more starch in them in natural and much active state. Bananas create fullness in the stomach and when we sip little water at regular interval this fullness stays more so helps us to control our intake and again there is burst of energy that helps us to be active.



Apples: Apples have fiber and watery portion that will help to keep the stomach full, so it will also control the food intake. Apples are sweet and chewing an apple after meal will help us to curtail the craving for sweets. Apples are rich in nutrition. Apple is a good weight loss and weight management fruit.



Oranges: A large size orange is less than 100 calories, whereas the daily intake limit for women is many times higher. So Oranges are low on calorie, rich in water substance. Oranges are great source of vitamins and helps in fat bursting. Oranges are a good chew for people who like to munch too often. Orange is a good weight loss and weight management fruit.


Have a combination of FRUIT-SALAD every day to stay Happy and Healthy, Slim and Beautiful. It will manage your weight efficiently keeping you full of energy.


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