dia-TRIBE: the global diabetes pandemic is an opportunity to grow medical tourism in West Bengal

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Diabetes is a global epidemic.

 

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At the moment, there are several hundred million people on the planet with diabetes, myself included.

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At the risk of sounding heartless, I see this as an opportunity. A medical tourism opportunity for West Bengal.

When I was diagnosed diabetic I barely knew what the disease was. Although I had head of a pancreas, I had no idea what function it played in the body.

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I am willing to bet that a fairly high percentage diabetics were just as ignorant as I was when they got the bad news.

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The first question I asked when I was diagnosed was, “How do I cure it?” Well, that’s not an easy thing to do, as hundreds of millions of diabetics know.

Short of curing it, I wanted to know, “How do I treat it.”

The simple answer is:

1 – change your diet

2 – exercise more

3 – take your medication

However, a total lifestyle change is not a simple thing to accomplish. Even if you have the will power to change the way you have lived, it is trickier than it seems to be, because diabetes is a complicated disease. And therein lies the opportunity.

Diabetics, newly diagnosed or long suffering, desperately need a one-stop-shop  where they can learn about their disease and get it under control. And those that have the money will pay for it.

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My idea, then, is to build a state of the art diabetes treatment facility. Make no mistake about it; a treatment and control facility is as important to diabetics as a rehab centre is to drug addicts.

What is needed is a clinic that is also a resort. A place where diabetics can spend a month, or more.

A world class endocrinologist would have to be contracted to develop programs for the patients.

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Patients would not only lean what foods are best for diabetics,

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Beauatifull dietitian. Healthy eating concept

they would also learn how to prepare them, so they are tasty.

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Patients would also learn yoga,

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and meditation to reduce stress.

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The faculty would have a gym,

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with a team of instructors.

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Patients/guests would also learn about the latest medications for diabetes,

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The latest technology would be available.

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And perhaps the most important thing is that patients/guests would be removed from the temptations that will only make them sicker,

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and surrounded by a support group of peers and professionals

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The faculty would have to have world class communications infrastructure,

 

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so guests can stay in touch with loved ones,

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and continue to work.

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But the facility has to be fun, too. Just because we are treating a disease, it doesn’t mean patients can’t have fun.

There should be pets.

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Guests should be able to play music,

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make art,

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dance,

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and play sports.

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Guests should be able to go on sightseeing tours,

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watch movies,

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and just hang out with new friends.

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There is a line from a famous baseball book, titled Shoelaces Joe,,

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(the book was made into a Hollywood film, titled Field of Dreams)

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The line is, “If you build it, they will come.”

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If we build the kind of resort/clinic that I am talking about, they will come.

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And when the first one is a success, build more. Diabetics will come by the tens of thousands.

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And they will all be saying, “Shut up and take my money.”

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Brian Godzilla Salmi

Brian Godzilla Salmi

brian godzilla salmi BOY GENIUS smart ass philosopher BUDHA OF THE MUTANTS clownus horribilus INSUFFERABLE MEGALOMANIAC ...you're welcome .

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