Srinagar, Nov 14: In commemoration of World Diabetes Day, the Kashmir Runners Club, in collaboration with the Department of Endocrinology at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, organised a spirited run on Tuesday.
The event aimed to raise awareness about diabetes and promote a healthy lifestyle within the community.
The run kicked off from Bakshi Stadium, winding its way through Rajbagh and Lal Chowk before culminating back at Bakshi Stadium. Participants of all ages, including youth and children, joined the run, reflecting a collective effort to spread awareness about the disease.
Dr Shahnawaz, a prominent Endocrinologist, highlighted the global significance of World Diabetes Day, observed annually on November 14. This year, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) designated the slogan as ‘Know your risk, Know your response.’
Dr Shahnawaz emphasised the need for people to understand the risks associated with diabetes and their responsibilities in managing the disease.
Addressing reporters, Dr Shahnawaz outlined eight modifiable risk factors linked to lifestyle, asserting that even previous history of diabetes can be influenced positively through lifestyle changes. The run served as a visual representation of the community’s capacity to modify certain risk factors through engaging in physical activities.
Dr Irfan Ahmad, a renowned Cardiologist from GMC Srinagar, underscored the connection between diabetes and heart attacks, revealing that 16% of total heart attack cases are attributed to diabetes.
Describing diabetes as a silent killer, Dr Ahmad urged people to incorporate 30 minutes of walking or running into their daily routines to combat the disease and protect themselves from its insidious effects.
The run, marked by enthusiasm and participation, not only contributed to physical activity but also fostered a sense of community awareness and responsibility in the fight against diabetes. The event serves as a testament to the proactive measures taken by local organisations to address health issues and promote well-being in the region.