Success is the feeling of getting free from complications of diabetes

February 16, 2018Success Stories

Success is the feeling of getting free from complications of diabetes

February 16, 2018
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Many people think that diabetes is an enemy. If one has diabetes, he feels as if it is a curse.

I want to tell the people with this thought that diabetes is an opportunity to get your health on track. It’s a healthy way of life that makes you intentional about your own self.

Diabetes is a friend in disguise! If you believe.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Dr. Indira Devi Kondaraju, my age is 75 and work as an Add. Director & HOD of pharmacology in Medical College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. I have a lovely daughter, who is undergoing neuro treatment for epileptic disease. She is my bundle of joy and requires undivided attention and care. As a person, I love to be positive about life. My hobbies are reading inspirational books and teaching moral stories to my daughter. It is that whether you learn anything in life, a good moral character is quintessential for life. I love to serve my relatives & friends as an adviser.

Diagnosis of diabetes

About twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, after I had an accident that required a dental surgery. It was during pre-surgical evaluation my blood reports revealed high blood sugar. At that time, I was working as a professor at a medical college in Hyderabad. The doctor told me that I had to bring my sugar values down before the surgery. I was put on anti-diabetic medicines initially. However, for some time insulin was also prescribed.

I had known that a strict diet and exercise regimen is required to keep diabetes in control. But it is difficult to make these advices applicable in daily life. It takes time for us to cut unhealthy habits and follow a healthy lifestyle. Managing time in my hectic schedule was difficult. However, I started prioritising health, which made it easy for me. I started by waking up 10 minutes earlier for the first week. Followed by waking 30 minutes earlier in the next 2 weeks.

In the newly found time, I decided to start with a 5-minute yoga routine at home. I know 5 minutes sounds crazy, but the real thing is that your first beginning goal should be easily achievable, to help you reach for more. Now, I do yoga for an hour at least 5-6 days a week.

Challenges faced on the journey of diabetes

I don’t think so. Being a doctor, I have always served my profession in various capacities such as VP Medical Education & Research, Principal, AP/Addl Director of Medical Education, Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier my HbA1C was high now it remains between 6-7 %.

My message to the Diabee community

The feeling of getting free from complications like retinopathy, neuropathy and kidney damage is a great success. Medical research in diabetes is advancing; I request all Diabee members to spread awareness on diabetes. This will help to reduce the global burden of diabetes.

As a doctor I would like to say one thing more to the people living with diabetes. Please do not club alternate therapies such as herbal, Ayurveda or Homeopathy with modern medicines, to substitute the requirement of Insulin. As people who do these kinds of changes to avoid insulin, their biochemical investigations get interrupted, which results in various complications and this may even lead to emergencies requiring heart surgery or kidney transplant.

The golden rule for all the people living with diabetes is that, never hide anything about medication from your doctor. Insulin therapy protects all vital organs.

Dr. C. Indira Devi, MBBS (GMC) MD. (OMC)
HYD-HOD (Pharmacology)
Principal/Addl Director RMC, KKD, AP, V

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