Diabetes was known to people since ages by its expressions on human body. If you ask the octogenarians of current era, about diabetes they will deny saying they never heard of it so often in their childhood or middle ages as compared to today. I shall oppose this opinion and say that it is and it was equally prevalent then and now. Let’s take a flashback and find out its evolution. Literature says that its first complete clinical description was given by a Greek physician in 1st century. Indian physicians had termed this disease as ‘madhumeha’ or ‘honey urine’ with the fact that the urine of these diseased patients would attract ants. Later on in early 1920’s, as science progressed we got information about a gland named pancreas being related to this disease directly. In the historic era, diabetes was termed incurable even by Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Physicians thought that life with diabetes was painful, short and disgusting. But later on in 20th century, introduction of insulin as a remedial agent gave hope to lot of diabetic patients. So we see that information on diabetes has gradually expanded and people are becoming more and more aware about this disease.
Over a period of time, many theories, hypothesis and experiments have being carried out to explain diabetes. Several hardcore medical explanations have been published and printed by several authors. When a layman reaches out to get information on diabetes, s/he gets confused reading the abundant data. The complex mechanisms of diabetes are indeed difficult to comprehend. Albert Einstein quoted – “Everything should be as simple as possible”.
That is what is done in this audiovisual, with an effort to simplify the disease in 3 contexts like “What is diabetes?”, “Its complications” and “Ways to manage it”. Thus an attempt has been made by a video graphic presentation to impart basic 3 knowledge – knowledge of disease, knowledge of medicine, and knowledge of preventing or maintaining the disease. These are explained in such a simple pictorial way that it can be easily grasped by brain in one read. Long contents and theories lose the interest of the reader. This audio visual provides relevant patient education in simple and effective words.
The aim of this audiovisual is to make a diabetic patient aware of diabetes, its effects and consequences, so that s/he can channelize her/his skills and become confident of having effective control of one’s body in day-to-day life. Pamphlets, posters, handouts, books, articles, presentations etc. provide lot of information but, audiovisual with animation and highly structured simple educative material take hold of the brain of the reader through all the senses. These kinds of audiovisuals significantly improve the quality of life of a diabetic patient.
This audiovisual on diabetes has the potential to improve your knowledge about diabetes. It provides ways and means to combat diabetes and suggests life style changes in a very simple and easy manner.