Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly referred to as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. Symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications include diabetic ketoacidosis and nonketotic hyperosmolar coma. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney failure, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus:
Nearly 44 lakh Indians in their most productive years - aged 20 to 79 years - aren't aware that they are diabetic, a disease that exposes them to heart attack, stroke, amputations, nerve damage, blindness and kidney disease.
The diabetes epidemic in the country, that killed 10 lakh people in 2011, has also thrown up an interesting trend. Contrary to popular belief, diabetes affects more people in rural India (34 million) than affluent urban Indians (28 million). The gap between the number of diabetic men and women in India is also diminishing. While 33 million men are diabetic, 29 million women are affected by high blood sugar.
The latest global figures on diabetes, released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), has raised a serious alarm for India by saying that nearly 52% of Indians aren't aware that they are suffering from high blood sugar.
Every year, a number of people as well as children in India die of diabetes due to lack of knowledge. Generally, diabetes in a child is often overlooked. According to the medical experts, diabetes is considered as one of the most common chronic diseases which affect children. Children, irrespective of any age, even toddlers and babies can be a prey of this deadly disease.
The 1st ever docu-drama to be shot on "Diabetes". The 75 min. film has been shot with professional expertise at actual locations (city hospital). T.V. actors have been casted to lend in proficiency in the act. This medium has enough potential to reach the children and youth of our society.
Sankalp stitches together varied aspect related to Diabetes like the symptoms, causes, health problems, psychological problems for the child, stigma, financial burden, psychological burden on both parents and the childs, need of motivation and inspiration et. The film mixes some real life events with fiction dramatic settings and medical information. The Treament of the film is not preachy instead the message is inherent and is being presented in a manner which is simple to understand, thought provoking, instigating, inspiring and motivating.