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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 453-459

Diabetes care: Inspiration from Sikhism

1 Department of Endocrinology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
3 Department of Endocrinology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Patiala, Punjab, India
4 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
5 Department of Endocrinology, PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
6 Department of Endocrinology, Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
7 Department of Anaesthesiology, ESI Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab, India
8 Department of Plastic Surgery, Hargun Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab, India
9 Department of Endocrinology, Golden Hospital, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
10 Department of Endocrinology, Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
11 Department of Endocrinology, Oxford Hospital, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
12 Department of Endocrinology, CHL Hospital, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
13 Department of Diabetology, North Delhi Diabetic Centre, New Delhi, India
14 Department of Medicine, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
15 Additional District Sessions Judge, Faridabad, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Kalra
Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijem.IJEM_52_17

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Religion has been proposed as a means of enhancing patient and community acceptance of diabetes and cultural specific motivational strategies to improve diabetes care. Sikhism is a young and vibrant religion, spread across the world and the Holy Scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) is regarded as the living Guru by all Sikhs. The three key pillars of Sikhism are Kirat Karni (honest living), Vand Chakna (sharing with others) and Naam Japna (focus on God). They can help encourage the diabetes care provider, patient and community to engage in lifestyle modification, shared responsibility, positive thinking and stress management. The verses (Sabads) from the SGGS, with their timeless relevance, span the entire spectrum of diabetes care, from primordial and primary, to secondary and tertiary prevention. They can provide us with guidance towards a holistic approach towards health and lifestyle related diseases as diabetes. The SGGS suggests that good actions are based on one's body and highlights the relevance of mind-body interactions and entraining the mind to cultivate healthy living habits. The ethics of sharing, community and inclusiveness all lay emphasis on the need for global and unified efforts to manage and reduce the burden of the diabetes pandemic.

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