Dr. Prashanth Arun is a young and dynamic consultant physician and Diabetologist at MV Hospital for diabetes in Chennai Tamil Nadu. He is widely known to create content on medical topics on various social media platforms. He is very friendly to his patients and believes that it is crucial to educate patients about diseases in order to keep them healthy and lessen the financial burden associated with health-related issues, which is important in India where financial burden plays a significant role.
Dr. Prashanth Arun – Claim to Fame
- He is an MD general medicine from PSG and PG Diploma diabetology from Royal College – UK
- Honored amongst the top 100 Influential Indian 2022 awards.
- RSSDI Life time member and TN API – North Member
- He actively takes part in various clinical teaching programs & has been a key speaker in various events on medical content.
- Part of the Organising committee of RSSDI 2022
- Rich experience in clinical trials and observational studies as principal/co-investigator
- Faculty member for various CMEs
- Part of Organising committee of D-Foot International Conference and Dr. M Viswanathan’s Diabetic Foot Update 2020 and 2022.
Diabetes is on the rise worldwide and is a serious lifelong and complicated disease. However, there are many popular myths about diabetes and its management. Here are some facts stated by the esteemed diabetologist Dr. Prashanth Arun, you should know.
Upon being asked about the symptoms of diabetes, Dr. Prashanth Arun says “prevention is always preferable to treatment; therefore if one or both of your parents have diabetes, you are at a higher risk of contracting the disease. It is therefore preferable to maintain good physical condition and a healthy BMI to avoid contracting diabetes. Family history, central obesity, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, drinking alcohol, smoking, and irregular sleep patterns are all risk factors for getting diabetes! Frequent urination, increased hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, and generalized itching are some of the signs of diabetes. If you experience any of these symptoms, get tested for diabetes.”
He further adds “If you have diabetes, you should have your blood sugar checked frequently, monitor your blood glucose levels at home, and become familiar with your blood sugar patterns so that you can compare your blood sugar levels to your daily activities and food. It will enable your doctor to alter your prescriptions appropriately, assisting you in avoiding diabetes issues including diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy.”
Busting the myth surrounding Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes Dr. Prashanth clean the air on myths about the condition of food eating habits “There is no such thing as rice and other carbohydrates being something that individuals with diabetes should avoid; in fact, the body needs carbohydrates, and portion control is always helpful for those with diabetes. Fruits like apples, papayas, and guavas are healthy and taste better when eaten whole rather than juiced. Foods high in protein include fish, poultry, eggs, panner, and soya.”
Dr. Prashanth Arun’s famous saying “We don’t put ‘gas in our tank’ every time we see a gas station and we don’t need to eat every time we see food. Wait until your ‘low fuel’ light (hunger signal) comes on before you eat.”
Recent innovations like CGMS (continuous Blood Sugar Monitoring), a painless method of monitoring sugar, allow us to determine your blood glucose trend and TIR (time in range). For those who require many insulin injections daily, it is also highly convenient to have access to insulin pumps. Lipids levels (cholesterol), creatinine (kidney), LFT (liver), CBC (blood levels & immunity), urine albumin, urine complete, ECG, ECHO, and others are some crucial tests that a person with diabetes should do. To rule out diabetic neuropathy, one must have his eye tested for diabetic retinopathy, his foot checked for any ulcers, and his sensibility assessed.
For people who have diabetes or almost any other disease, for that matter, the benefits of exercise can’t be overstated. Regular weekly 4-5 days of exercise is the best way to keep your body fit and healthy. Additionally, people can start with 15 – 20 mins of brisk walking daily and slowly increase the time and intensity of the workout. Exercise helps control weight, lower blood pressure, lower harmful LDL cholesterol, strengthen muscles and bones, reduce anxiety and improve your general well-being.
M.V. Hospital for Diabetes situated at Royapuram, Chennai, was established in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for diabetes care. Over the years it has grown to be one of the largest referral centers for Diabetes, with more than 3,00,000 patients registered to date. It is recognized as an internationally known tertiary care center for referral of Diabetic patients requiring super-specialist opinion and management.
For appointments contact:
Dr. Prashanth Arun
MV Hospital for Diabetes
Phone number: 8754071071