"This contest aims to boost confidence in diabetic people."
An Indian hospital has arranged a beauty pageant for diabetic patients in order to uplift their morale.
Noble Hospital in Pune held the competition for around 37 individuals on December 18, 2021, for the straight fourth year.
The aim of the event was to help make those with Type 2 diabetes feel as though they have a lifestyle disorder rather than a disease.
Professionals were called in to help the contestants with their hair, makeup and preparation and make them feel glamorous for the day.
Doctor, supermodel and the only Indian woman to ever win Mrs World in 2001, Aditi Govitrikar, also attended the pageant.
The theme for the contest was a tribute to Covid-19 warriors and survivors with both male and female participants taking part.
The top ten were then shortlisted and took part in a question and answer session, following which the winners were decided.
Dr Reema Kashiv, Diabetologist at Noble Hospital, said:
“This contest aims to boost confidence in diabetic people.
“Participants are also encouraged to remain fit thanks to the fitness round, where they have to showcase their stamina and balance.
“Thanks to the focus on fitness, many participants have experienced weight loss which helped in the reduction of HbA1c.”
An estimated 72.9 million adults in India were living with diabetes in 2017, according to an International Diabetes Federation study.
This means it ranks number two in the world after China and it is projected to reach 124.9 million among those aged between 20 and 79 by 2045.
The 2017 figure was an increase from 40.9 million in 2007, which can be largely be attributed to the rapid rise of Type 2 Diabetes.
A number of factors can lead to this including genes, environment and lifestyle.
Specific ones which have been linked to it include less exercise, more screen time, environmental pollution and a lack of diabetes education.
Meanwhile, Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that results from your body attacking beta cells in the pancreas that makes insulin.
It has little to do with lifestyle and is mainly to do with genes and environmental factors, such as viruses, which may trigger it.
The hospital’s event for diabetic patients comes as Harnaaz Sandhu was recently been crowned the winner of Miss Universe 2021.
The 21-year-old from Punjab represented India at the 70th beauty pageant which was held in Eilat, Israel on Monday, December 13, 2021.