Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Survey on nutrition launched in city - Source LT

n Hyderabad-based NIN undertakes Centre-sponsored project
n Will record prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and obesity

Hectic lifestyle coupled with unhealthy diet is leading to many diseases among urban men and women these days. To gauge the exact extent of the problem, a union government-sponsored Nutritional Assessment Survey (NASS) has been launched in the city during which prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies (MND), obesity, diabetes and hypertension will be recorded.
In Maharashtra, the survey will be held in five cities - Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Akola, Ratnagiri and Mumbai. The survey of Akola is in the last leg. The survey is being held for the first time in the city. The head of the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN - Hyderabad) Dr D V Bhale had a detailed discussion with the health officer of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Dr Jaishree Kulkarni for local support in conducting the survey. 
The survey is scheduled to be completed during the monsoon. Hence, the NASS has been started in the city on June 24. Households representing different socio economic categories have been selected from 15 election wards. 
An NNMB team comprising six experts will survey 48 houses each in selected wards and monitor the nutritional status. The team will record details like food habits, frequency of eating food, type of food (home cooked or prepared in eateries), the profession of bread-winner, number of persons going for work in the family etc. 
The team will conduct blood tests (fasting and post meal) to detect diabetes cases. Lipid profile test will also be conducted on the spot to know whether the patient is suffering from stress-related diseases. Dr Kulkarni confirmed the development and said, "The NIN delegates had met me and the AMC had granted them permission for conducting the survey in our jurisdiction. We will deploy our expert personnel to assist them while visiting different wards and interacting with people."
"The prevalence of different diseases is mostly due to our sedentary lifestyle, consumption of junk food on regular basis and stress at work place and in personal life," said Dr Kulkarni. PoynterAgateThree CompBold>About NIN /PoynterAgateThree CompBold>
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) was founded by Sir Robert McCarrison in the year 1918 as "Beri-Beri" Enquiry Unit in a single room laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Within a short span of seven years, this unit blossomed into a "Deficiency Disease Enquiry" and later in 1928, emerged as full-fledged "Nutrition Research Laboratories" (NRL) with Dr. McCarrison as its first Director. It was shifted to Hyderabad in 1958. NIN has attained global recognition for its pioneering studies on various aspects of nutrition research, with special reference to protein energy malnutrition (PEM).

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