Dr V Mohan, Chairman, DMDSC who created this award, said “To mark the 20th anniversary of our Institutions, we have instituted this award to honour long term survivors of diabetes who have lived health lives with diabetes for 50 years or longer. A total of 27 patients registered at our centre have lived for more than 50 years with diabetes. Of these 27 patients 14 are still alive of whom 8 are being honoured at this function as the other 6 patients could not make it to the function. 13 other patients survived 50 years when they were last seen at our centre but they have since either expired or are lost presently follow up. In addition, another 275 patients registered at our centre have survived 40 years of diabetes. Thus a total of 302 patients have survived over 40 years with diabetes. These patients demonstrate that diabetes is compatible with a full and long life”.
Dr. R.M. Anjana, Jt. Managing Director, DMDSC said that “All these 9 patients maintained a regular life style and took their medicines regularly. They also came for regular check up to our centre which help them to live a long and healthy life”.
Dr. Ranjit Unnikrishnan, Vice Chairman, DMDSC said “Despite 50 years of diabetes none of them had any complications of diabetes showing that even after 50 years of diabetes, it is possible to prevent the complications of diabetes and live a long and healthy life”