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  • SYMPOSIUM ON TRANS FATS : GLOBAL & INDIAN PERSPECTIVE

The National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) under the leadership of Dr. Anoop Misra, with support from the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, organized a symposium on "Trans Fats: Global and Indian Perspectives," on 24th April 2010 with a view to promote healthy nutrition and generate awareness on Trans Fatty Acids among health professionals and general public. Doctors, scientists, nutritionists, dietitians, and researchers, as well as representatives from food industry, gathered on one platform to discuss the adverse effects of Trans fats in the Indian scenario, with focus on the current status and future implications of reducing the intake of Trans fatty acids.

Dr Misra delivering the keynote lecture

Dr Bejon Mishra and Nammita Bhatia of N-DOC look on as Dr Rekha Sharma lights the inaugural lamp.

Dr. Ishi Khosla delivering a talk; On the dias are Dr Ahmed Ibrahim,Dr Rekha Sharma and Dr Kalpana Luthra

Dr Bejon Mishra, Dr Vinita Sharma and Dr Anoop Misra

Swati Bhardwaj of N-DOC delivers a lecture on the dias are; Dr Vinita Sharma, Dr Bejon Mishra, Dr Ahmed Ibrahim, Dr Rekha Sharma and Dr Ishi Khosla

Dr Naval Vikram delivering a talk; on the dias are Dr Anoop Misra, Dr Bejon Mishra, Dr Chandra Sekhar and Dr Vinita Sharma

Dr Vinita Sharma and Dr Bejon Mishra release the "Trans Fats Guide"

Dr Rekha Sharma answering queries from the media

Chhavi, Neha and Swati of N-DOC

Dr Seema Gulati, Priyanka Nigam and Dr Piyali Shah of the N-DOC team

A view of the distinguished invitees at the dias

Mrs Ana Abraham Sinha of Nestle being felicitated by Dr Kumud Khanna of IHE


Dr. Vinita Sharma, Advisor, DST, initiated the symposium with a welcome note in which she made a fervent appeal to eliminate TFAs from diet, not just by creating consumer consciousness, but also by interventions at the government, industry and scientists' levels.

Mrs. Rekha Sharma, Chief Dietician at Medanta, in her lecture on “Healthy Indian Diet: Recent Dietary Guidelines” emphasized on healthy eating and balanced diet particularly focusing on the quality of fats in our diet.

Dr Ahmed Ibrahim, scientist at National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, during his presentation on “Trans Fatty Acids: The Chemistry & Measurement” discussed the chemistry of Trans fats and the possible technical methods of assessing them. He also informed that in 2006 WHO recommended the global phasing out of Trans fats. In fact Canada was the first country to introduce TFA content labeling on packaged food, followed by USA.

Mrs. Ishi Khosla, Clinical Nutritionist & Director Whole Foods highlighted the Indian Dietitians Perspective in Global Background on Trans Fats. She pointed out that 40% of supermarket foods, 80% of frozen items, 95% of cookies, 70% of cakes and 50% of cereals are high on trans fats.

Mr. Bejon Mishra International Consumer Expert, Chairman Cell for Consumer Education & Advocacy and Member, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) highlighted the need for generating consumer awareness on Trans Fats and nutrition labeling. He also suggested a logo to indicate trans fats or their absence like the green and red dots for vegetarian/non-vegetarian foodstuffs.

Prof. Anoop Misra in his Key Note lecture on “India & Non Communicable Disease’s: Implication of High Trans Fat Diet” explained the effect of trans fats on human physiology highlighting various scientific studies carried out across the globe on the adverse effects of high Trans fats diet on our health.

The press conference included some eye opening facts on Trans fats: knowledge and practice among women and food manufacturers revealed by Dr. Misra from our ongoing study on Trans fats, carried out with funding from DST. It also included the suggestive guidelines for reduction in Trans fats introduced by Ms. Swati Bhardwaj, Nutritionist and Research Officer N-DOC and Diabetes Foundation (India) in form of a three pronged attack to protect the health of our population from the hazards of TFAs, at the government, industrial and consumer level. During this session a booklet on Trans Fats was also released, for dietitians, nutritionists, medicos and general public. The booklet aims at simplifying the term “Trans Fats” and also presents the details regarding trans fats, its sources and how to avoid it.

Dr. Santosh Jain Passi, Associate Professor Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi in her lecture on “Red Palm Oil; Nutritional Replacement for TFA Containing Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat” highlighted the nutritional properties of Red Palm Oil (RPO) and suggested the use of RPO and RPO blends as a replacement for TFA Containing Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Fats, through different studies done by her on RPO.

Ms. Swati Bhardwaj, Nutritionist and Research Officer N-DOC and Diabetes Foundation (India), in her presentation on “Research Initiatives on TFA” emphasized the research initiatives on TFA being taken up in India, particularly focusing on the ongoing study on TFA being carried out with funding from DST.

Under the industry initiative session Mrs. Renu Kohli, Program Manager – Health & Nutrition, Britannia Industries Ltd. Spoke on Britannia’s initiatives on elimination and reduction of Trans fats from their products and other healthy initiatives taken up by Britannia for improving public health. Ms. Anshu Singh, Wellness Manager at Nestle India Limited also spoke on Nestlé’s initiatives on Incorporating Health and Wellness into common foods focusing on Trans fats.

The suggestive guidelines on trans fats have been submitted to Food Standard & Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) for further action.

  • HEALTH CAMP

N-DOC conducts Free Health Camps on a regular basis wherein the subjects' random sugar checking, BP and anthropometric measurements and other parameters are measured. Clinical and Nutritional advice is also given based on individual requirement of subjects. Refreshments are served to all subjects after the camp.

29th August, 2010 - Lodhi Colony New Delhi - Subject covered 100 approx.


13th June, 2010 - Vasant Kunj - New Delhi - Subject covered 100 approx.


2nd May, 2010 - Chattarpur Enclave - New Delhi - Subject covered 100 approx.


4th April, 2010 - Lodhi - New Delhi - Subject covered 180 approx.


22st Feb, 2010 - Kidwai Nagar - New Delhi - Subject covered 110 approx.

  • Health Camp

N-DOC and Fortis Hospital jointly organised a free health camp at Laxmibai Nagar on 14 February 2010 and covered 175 subjects. Anthropometric measurements like height, weight and waist circumference were measured and subjects were advised to fast for checking fasting blood sugar. The blood pressure was also measured for each subject. Individual consultation with doctors and nutritionists was also provided for the subjects, followed by refreshments.


  • National Consensus on Dietary Guidelines for Adult Asian Indians for Healthy Living and Prevention of Obesity & Diabetes

A Press Conference on the release of "National Consensus on Dietary Guidelines for Adult Asian Indians for Healthy Living and Prevention of Obesity & Diabetes" was organized under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, Diabetes Foundation (India), and National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) on 13 November 2009 at the Deck Suite, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi.

The event was chaired by Dr. MG Karmarkar, President, DFI, Dr. Anoop Misra, Director & Head, Diabetes, Obesity & Cholesterol, DFI and N- DOC, Dr. Vinita Sharma, Scientist G, Deptt of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, and Dr. Seema Gulati, Chief Project Officer, DFI.

The dietary consensus statement has been prepared by more than 100 renowned experts from all over India for the first time. In this document we provide modified dietary guidelines in view of new India-specific research data on oils, fats and other nutrients. Indians are witnessing a rapid shift in their diet and lifestyle with rapid rise of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Proper dietary guidelines remain cornerstone of prevention and management of these diseases. An important aim is to make these guidelines user-friendly, so that these could be interpreted and used by any practitioner of medicine or even general public.

Countrywide adaptation of these guidelines is likely to have a significant impact on prevalence and management of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in India. These guidelines will soon be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

The press conference was very well attended by media persons and the event was given substantial coverage in all the leading newspapers and news channels.


Dr. Anoop Misra addressing the media

Dr. Sharma addressing the Media

Dr. Anoop Misra addressing the media

A view of the media persons

Dr. Misra giving media bytes to news channels

Dr. Misra giving media bytes to news channels

A view of the Audience

(Seated L to R) Dr. Karmarkar, Dr. Anoop Misra, Dr. Vinita Sharma, Dr. Seema Gulati. (standing L to R) Priyanka Nigam, Swati Bhardwaj, Dr. Priyali Shah, Nammita Bhatia, Mr. K.C. Bhatia and Dr. Angeli Misra

  • National Consultation on the Trans Fat Regulation in Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils

"Ms. Swati Bhardwaj, Nutritionist and Research Officer, N-Doc, participated in the "National Consultation on the Trans Fat Regulation in Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils" organised at National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, on 29th January 2010 sponsored by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) wherein she also gave a presentation on Fat Intake and Chronic Diseases with a focus on Trans Fats."

Lectures

  • 5th Conference of Association of Physicians of India (APICON 2010), Jaipur, 7-10 January 2010
  • Medicine Update 2009, Maulana Azad Medical College New Delhi, 21-23 December 2009.
  • 2nd Diabetes Summit 2009, Mumbai, 19-20 December, 2009.
  • 37th Annual meeting of Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI), Ahmedabad, 5-8 November, 2009.
  • National Conference of Cardiology, Diabetology, Electrocardiology, Echocardiography and Critical Care, Bhopal, 3-4 October, 2009.
  • Diabetes Lecture for Senior Citizens (organized by Development Welfare & Research Foundation (DWRF), India Habitat Center, New Delhi, 20 August 2009.

Guest Visitors

Dr. Kalyana Sundram, Head, Food Technology & Nutrition and Director for palm oil research at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board in Kuala Lumpur, met with Dr Anoop Misra and his team at Fortis Hospital , Vasant Kunj, New Delhi on 21 Jan’10, to discuss the gross underestimation of the significance of trans fats in general and the functional difficulties faced by Governments round the world, in implementing the regulations and guidelines on trans fatty acids. The meeting was followed by high tea.

Dr. Pradeep Visen, Project Coordinator (overseas), Research & Development, India-Canada collaboration on Natural Health Product (Diabetes & Cardiovascular Diseases), International Innovation Projects, University of Toronto, visited Dr. Anoop Misra and N-DOC team at Fortis Hospital to discuss and explore the possibility of research collaboration in the near future.

Prof. Sisir K Dutta is an international scientist and is teaching and conducting research at the Department of Molecular Genetics, Department of Biology, Howard University, Washington DC, with special focus on genes and environmental interaction. His group was the first to isolate purified genes as early as 1972. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of a global NIH project on genomic biomarkers for early disease detection.

A lecture by Prof. Dutta was organized by N-DOC on ‘Early Disease Biomarkers of PCBs (Poly Chlorinated Bi-phenyles)–Exposed Human Population’ at Fortis Hospital on 1 February, 2010. Prof Dutta has worked extensively on "Polychlorinated Biphenyls" which created a deleterious effect on the population of USA for decades, due to its stability (though its production was banned in1997), and also on the population around the world. The lecture primarily focused on the approaches towards the development of early disease biomarkers of PCB-exposed population, which could hold true for any disease development in population based research.

The lecture was followed by a vote of thanks by Dr. Anoop Misra. Prof. Dutta then interacted with the NDOC team over high tea and readily responded to their queries.

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