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KATHMANDU — Every year on 7 April, World Health Day is celebrated across the world to circulate knowledge and create awareness about human health.

World Health Organization (WHO) has picked ‘Beat diabetes’ theme for World Health Day 2016.

Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes.

The two types of diabetes are referred to as type 1 and type 2.

In Nepal, diabetes has been growing at an alarming rate due to lifestyle change, unhealthy eating habits, stress and lack of physical activity. But, eating a healthy diet can help in reducing the risk of diabetes.

A diabetes diet is simply a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat and added sugar, and moderate in calories. The only difference is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates you eat.

Here are some foods that might decrease the risk of diabetes:

Citrus fruits

Studies show that people with diabetes tend to have lower levels of vitamin C in their bodies, so antioxidant-packed citrus fruit is a great snack choice. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes have insulin-like properties which check Type-2 diabetes.

Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are good for health and reduce the risk of developing of Type 2 diabetes. Eating at least a serving and a half of green leafy vegetables every day reduces diabetes risk by 14 percent.

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Green Tea

Green tea is packed with flavonoid which is a powerful inflammation-fighter and also increases insulin activity. One should drink a cup of green tea daily as it helps in reducing the risk of diabetes.

Salmon

Salmon is the perfect medicinal food for people with diabetes as it is an extremely high source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids that are crucial for reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar levels.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is considered for diabetic people as it keeps their blood sugar levels under control. A type of fiber found in oats Beta-glucan has shown beneficial effects in people who have diabetes.

Beans and Nuts

Eating a cup of beans every day may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. It is highly recommended for diabetics as their glycemic index is low. Likewise, eating peanuts every day cut the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 21 percent. An ounce a day of walnuts, almonds, or cashews can do wonders.

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

BHAKTAPUR — Shahid Dharmabhakta National Human Organ Transplant Centre (HOTC), Bhaktapur has successfully undertaken transplant of over 400 kidneys.

Hospital’s Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, at a press conference organised here on Friday, informed that the Centre has so far successfully transplanted kidneys on 404 patients.

The Centre had initiated the kidney transplant service on January 19, 2013.

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The inflow of patients has alarmingly increased at the facility with the start of additional medical services such as urology, gastro surgery, cardio therapy, stone removal surgery along with other surgeries, besides kidney transplant, said Prof Dr Rakesh Verma.

However, the patients are compelled to wait for the transplant for long due to limited building space and availability of beds.

Right now, around 400 patients are waiting their turns for kidney transplant and more than this number are waiting to avail of dialysis service.

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