Soon, stem cell therapy to treat diabetes

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New Delhi:  The government is contemplating the use of stem cells for treatment of diabetes, especially for rural citizens of the country.

"Stem cells can now be grown and transferred into specialised medical therapies and this can be an answer to diabetes treatment," Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Sunday.

Azad, while speaking at a diabetes conference in the national capital said, it is important to take care of the rural population and help them to keep a check on the growing menace of the lifestyle disease.

"We are formulating a scheme to facilitate mandatory check up of the rural population above the age of 40 years for diabetes... if diabetes cases could be easily detected and awareness created among them about its implications, then a substantial dent can be made to this disease," he said.

The minister said that health workers in rural areas would be trained and provided with a diagnostic kit to detect diabetes.

"Simultaneously a programme for diabetes control can be launched," he added.

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Azad also said marginal cases of diabetes can be easily tackled through yoga, naturopathy, exercise and correct eating habits.

There is also a need to develop diagnostic kits within the country to substantially bring down the cost of diabetes detection and treatment, Azad said.

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