Sunday, 21 September 2014 - The new age digital Insurance against Diabetes

The idea of insurance came from the basic human nature of providing protection. You always wish to protect your loved ones whether you are with them or not. The whole purpose of an insurance policy is to provide monetarily protection to your parents, your life partner and your children. For this protection, there are different kinds of insurance in market which a person takes. Be it a Life insurance or a Health insurance or an Accidental insurance policy or the general insurance policies which protects your Wealth and Property etc. We all have seen enough and have tried atleast one of those to insure our families. Isn’t it?

The Negative Effects on getting insurance if you have diabetes: Lack of Availability of an Affordable & Adequate Health Coverage.

People who have Type 2 Diabetes are considered under “High Risk Category” by most of the health insurance providers which meant that the premium policies were always higher for a diabetic person as compared to a healthy individual of same income and age. A diabetic person is prone to many critical illnesses arising out of high blood sugar levels and since diabetes also affects the treatment of some other serious health issues many few insurance providers are there in market that provides a proper coverage.

Until 2012, a diabetic person didn’t have option of health insurance but had only life insurance policies, slowly with advancements of medical technologies and insurance company’s willingness to gain the market share by covering persons affecting from diabetes a few of specialized health policies are available in market albeit at a higher premium.

Why “” as an Insurance against Diabetes?

Literally, insurance means protection. All the insurance policies existing in the market are those which make you invest in something which will directly benefit your family or probably you in case of health/ accidental policies. So, fundamentally you insure (or should we say, ‘protect’) your loved ones from any eventualities of life as the bread earner of family.

We thought of taking this protection mentality a one step ahead. Why don’t you invest in something which helps you to push back or may even help you in avoiding diabetes? Instead of providing insurance assurance to your family in future, shouldn’t you invest in something today which can help you to avoid at least one eventuality in future i.e. DIABETES?

The risk report generated from is a protection which you can deploy today to avoid diabetes in future. Isn’t it the best insurance/assurance/ protection against a dreaded disease which has been the root cause of various other diseases? And the worst part is that it doesn’t have any permanent cure.

Once hit by diabetes, all you can do is manage and control your blood sugar by taking painful insulin injections and looking at your diet each and every day to avoid those foods which can take your blood sugar levels on a roller coaster ride. We believe that just like insurance you should protect yourself today, while living this life and avoid any eventualities which may arise due to Type 2 diabetes by generating a risk report from

In our previous blog, we discussed about the need of investing our time and energy on ensuring India’s next level of growth. Summary of that article was how India can go to a next level of superpower country if its citizens ensure their health. Consider this small investment in getting your risk report as an insurance assurance to yourself which helps you to push back/ avoid diabetes while you still be with you family to support them.

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Knowing your disease is the first step in avoiding it. Your risk report from helps you to know the following parameters:
  • Diabetes Susceptibility Score as compared to normal population,
  • Percentage Risk of developing diabetes due to your diabetogenic activity, and Family history, and
  • The risk report will provide you an Approximate Age by which you may develop diabetes. also gives you simple Preventive Methods as per your custom made risk report on preventing or pushing back the onslaught of Type 2 Diabetes.

How to get a risk report with

Just follow three very easy simple steps:
  1. Step 1: Sign-up at
  2. Step 2: Fill an easy objective type form which asks details of your current Health - Status, Family History of Diabetes and Your Lifestyle routine
  3. Step 3: Submit the Form and instantly Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk Report will be ready

Look forward to seeing a healthy and energetic India.

Dr. MS Singhal
MD - Singhal Diabetic Clinic |

Disclaimer: The "insurance" word used here in the article is meant and limited to its meaning as "assurance" and is not to be considered or treated or considered to be an offer of any kind of IRDA related insurance policies. Grass-report is a health and well being report which is customized as per the user and it meant for informative purpose which helps in avoiding type 2 diabetes.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Empower India - Invest in Health

Digital India’s Growth is an amazing story -
Now the time has come to endow it by investing in Health

Look around the development around you. Every morning it looks as if people are running for achievements. Today, Prime Minister of India gives a speech standing at Red Fort in New Delhi on not only about the impressive growth strategy he has planned but also pushing each and every citizen of India to be prepared for taking India on next strategy of development. He neither misses the opportunity to address basic issues like women empowerment, gender equality (instead of only asking girl start asking about your boy child how he spends his time out of home), and construction of toilets in each household. Investing in health is a paramount concern if you wish to see India as a superpower.

So what do you think, in addition to a growing Gross Domestic Product index of a country will make a country more productive?

I’m referring to a recent article I’ve read of Bill Gates published in The Times of India newspaper which showcased the idea of a prosperous nation can’t be achieved unless the people of that country are healthy. The article also mentioned about a report from global commission of leading economists that there exists a strong connection between national prosperity and health. The report stated that about 11% of the economic growth in low- and middle-income countries over the past generation resulted just from reductions in adult mortality rate. You can read the full article here.

India despite having a steady growth in prosperity has simultaneously not been able to control the malnutrition among its poor citizens. Though, the article praises India’s remarkable effort in eradicating polio and improvement in child mortality. It is not that all the health related issues are only concerned to poor, there are also lifestyle related diseases which need to be skilfully measured and then efforts will be required to control it.

The way India has gained momentum in IT sector and entrepreneurial spirit, our country is definitely flourishing and if we channel our thoughts in further constructing this country, it is poised to be the next super power, but unfortunately the lifestyle diseases where India has shown a boom is - DIABETES. Type 2 diabetes which is more of a lifestyle related disease has penetrated the middles class, upper middle class and also the rich Indians. Experts predict that India is going to be the diabetes capital of the world, with 80% of all Diabetics living in here in the next 10 years.

We can't say if this growth in number of diabetic population is just because of a statistics considering how vast our population is, or because there exists really that many diabetes patients in India as compared to other countries - the fact of the matter is that it's a bad situation to be in.

Diabetes today is not a rare condition, in fact it's one of the most common one. Almost all of us know at least one person who has to live with diabetes. Many of you would have heard about young teenagers and also those who have recently joined the working population and have started earning have acquired diabetes, all of them now have to manage with this dreaded disease now forever. We don't know why there is such an increase in numbers, it could be because of our changed lifestyles over the last few decades - Our food habits have changed and we have gotten sedentary over these years.

Primary & Secondary Health-care System of India for controlling Diabetes:

India still doesn’t have an effective primary and secondary healthcare system which can screen and help to prevent the onslaught of diseases like diabetes. Most of the primary healthcare systems are private and the limited numbers of government hospitals are not attractive to people even in severe diseases leave alone going there for basic health screenings. The treatment and profiling for basic health issues are done at vast numbers of private medical centres which are costly and thus are avoided by most of the middle income generating population unless the disease has shown its symptoms.

In the absence of supportive healthcare system in diagnosing the onslaught of any lifestyle disease like diabetes the only and best alternative which is left available to most of the population is AWARENESS.

Sadly, as we have always been writing, diabetes is a preventable disease; it is not curable but is definitely manageable in most cases. And before we deal with the prevention and management we need to spread awareness about Diabetes. helps you to be aware about Risks of Type 2 Diabetes through a customized risk report like this:

The risk report contains:
  • Diabetes Susceptibility Score as compared to normal population,
  • Your Percentage Risk of developing diabetes due to your diabetogenic activity, and
  • Family history and also the report will give you an Approximate Age by which you may develop diabetes. also gives you simple Preventive Methods as per your custom made risk report on prevent or push back the onslaught of Type 2 Diabetes.

Wondering, how to get a risk report? Just follow three very easy simple steps:

Step 1: Sign-up at

Step 2: Fill an easy objective type form which asks details of your current Health - Status, Family History of Diabetes and Your Lifestyle routine

Step 3: Submit the Form and instantly Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk Report will be ready

You can also get simple preventive methods to avoid diabetes or push back the onslaught of diabetes.

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Anyways, coming back to our topic, empowering India by investing in health, all I have to say is if you keep yourself aware of the possible disease to you and take preventive actions to avoid it, you can be much effective in contributing in the growth of India.

A Healthy India is a Growing India.

Keep well.

Best regards,
Dr. MS Singhal
MD - Singhal Diabetic Clinic |

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Common Kitchen Spices To Push Back Diabetes - Part 2

Fighting Diabetes with spices kept in your kitchen...

The medical world is full of breakthrough researches which are updating humankind about how the internal and external environment and a person’s lifestyle negatively affect the human body. A recent research tells us that it’s not only obesity but even the fact that which part of our body is storing excess fat affects the blood pressure levels in our body. Recently from a sampling exercise, researchers have established the fact that having excess fat on abdomen or as it is called in general, the ‘love handles’ severely affects the high blood pressure.

These kind of researches always made us thinking on how to make the information related to “risk of diabetes” to reach each and every individual in the easiest way possible but without compromising on the quality of information. was born out of this simple idea. Through our over two decades of experience in diabetes treatment we had screened and profiled thousands of patient’s files to understand the common factors affecting an individual in acquiring Type 2 Diabetes. Our team of computer programmers used these medical factors and converted them in an algorithm which can work on a web-portal. We called it Genetic Risk Assessment Scoring System for Diabetes i.e.; when you enter your general health profile, your family history of diabetes and also your lifestyle which includes eating habits, exercise routine and also any alcohol or cigarette smoking habits a customized risk report is generated like this:

The above report will have your Diabetes Susceptibility Score as compared to normal population, your Percentage Risk of developing diabetes due to your diabetogenic activity and family history and also the report will give you an Approximate Age by which you may develop diabetes.

Well, of course our purpose is not only to give you the risk report but also to update you on the prevention methods, hence the other part of Grass-Diabetes report contains customized preventive steps as per your risk status. We also started writing these blogs to have an interaction point with you all and share with you the simple day-to-day activities and measures you can follow to avoid diabetes. Remember Type 2 Diabetes can’t be treated, it can only be controlled but it is certainly avoidable depending upon the case as may be.

As a diabetes preventive method which we found interesting to share with you all, in our previous blog we wrote about “Kitchen Spices that can help you to Push Back Diabetes”. So, have you tried cinnamon as was suggested in our last blog? If yes, tell us your experience at the below mentioned email address.

In this continuing blog we are introducing few more spices which shall help you in controlling your sugar levels:

  • Turmeric Powder - A very popular ingredient used in Asia and India in particular almost on daily basis. This has been also used and suggested by Ayurveda for thousands of years as a detoxification herb protecting liver.
  • Garlic - A good antioxidant which  works against the free-radical damage produced by high - blood sugar
  • Basil Leafs - Popular in Indian ayurvedic medical system. It constrains alpha amylase an enzyme in saliva that breaks down starches into sugars, and also glucosidases - an enzyme which works in the pancreas and intestines that break down complex carbohydrates into sugar
  • Fenugreek Seeds - A promising spice in diabetes, which has shown improvements in fasting blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity
  • Ginger - Well known for its digestive, anti-inflammatory, and as an anti-nausea medicine. Ginger has shown ability to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce oxidation, and improve cholesterol too

We have included some very effective and popular spices in our report under preventive steps to push back diabetes.
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Small Cardamom
  • Black Pepper
  • Long Pepper
  • Ajwain (carom seeds)

The method and quantity of above listed spices are given in detail as per the personal customized risk report, hence is not generalized. You can easily get the details of how to include below spices in your daily diet by signing-up here.

How a few spices like these help us better in controlling the high sugar levels?

Well, the fact is; when we have high blood sugar levels a process known as protein glycation occurs, which produces AGE compounds (advanced glycation end-products). Now, on the other hand we have some spices in the form of different seeds, bark of trees, or roots of some plants and trees which have higher levels of polyphenols. It is found that there exists a strong connection in polyphenol content in some herbs and spices which has ability to block the formation of AGE compounds.

Stay Healthy. Know Your Diabetes Risks.

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Dr. MS Singhal
MD - Singhal Diabetic Clinic |

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Common Kitchen Spices To Push Back Diabetes - Part 1

Awareness of a disease among general public is the first step towards eradication of the disease. Many deadly diseases like Polio has almost got extinct due to massive “2 drops of life” awareness campaigns which are still a hit in villages. Due to general public’s involvement people have started taking precaution to eradicate Polio. 

If you are active on social media you definitely would have seen viral videos of people pouring bucket full of ice water on their head nominating their friends to do the same and donating for the cause of a disease called ALS. All over the world the campaign has generated awareness on this progressive neurodegenerative disease called ALS through the #IceBucketChallenge.

Famous celebrities from world over like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Stephen Hawkings and back home our Bollywood celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha, Siddharth Malhotra and many more have participated in ALS Challenge. The success of this campaign is so phenomenal that people till now who never even have heard about the disease are now searching for the problem and if possible how to get immunized of it. Although, in the case of ALS since there is no treatment itself available, the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign is helping to generate money which will be utilized for research and development to cure ALS.

The Point is: Awareness is first step for cure

The point we are making is that any disease can be well fought when you all are aware of the disease, how it happens and then by knowing how to avoid it. We at have been working in that direction for over two decades. We have arranged over 50 Free Diabetic Camps till now and also by investing our resources in developing a complex algorithm which can easily be used by general public over web to access their risk of type 2 diabetes.

Once you have familiarized yourself with risk of diabetes and have analyzed your risk of diabetes through the next step is how to reduce the chances by using simple yet effective measures. We have studied and found that there are many naturally available food and spices available very commonly are quite good in controlling the diabetes. Though we had earlier written about many good and bad foods for diabetes in our blog, we thought it will be worthwhile to talk specifically about a few common kitchen spices too.

You can refer to this treatment as alternative treatment but scientifically also it is proven that there are many natural food substances and ways like yoga or exercises which helps a person to control the excess fat in body thereby controlling his/her blood sugar levels.

Let’s begin to know the common spices which can help to control diabetes

CINNAMON - Yes, Cinnamon!

A great flavoring material, mostly available in Indian kitchen shelf’s which we would have sprinkled in so many curries and different Biriyani or Pulao items. Who would have thought that it has tremendous medicinal opportunities stored within?

How Cinnamon aids medically?

Cinnamon contains a flavonoid that closely mimics insulin activity—called “methyl hydroxyl chalcone polymer” (or MHCP). Research has shown that a combination of MHCP and insulin work together to regulate glucose metabolism. Researchers also noted that MHCP mimics insulin and, in most cases, can work alone.

Taking half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can help lower your blood sugar and reduce your risks for dangerous diabetic complications. Or more easily, you may just sprinkle this delicious spice into hot or cold cereal, curd, and even coffee or tea once a day.

Though, we should be aware of the fact that Cinnamon contains some toxic materials which if taken in high levels, could cause problems, at the same time the best thing of these toxic material is that they are fat soluble. So, all you have to do is boil the cinnamon in water and the resulting watery solution can be used. Pour over the solution through a clean cotton cloth and you will get the MHCP which since is water-soluble, is still in the watery solution. The solid cinnamon residue can be thrown away. Just to be on safe side, if you’re taking insulin or another medication for diabetes and want to try cinnamon, just be sure to discuss it with your medical practitioner who can assist you in safely reducing down your medication.

There are many other kitchen spices which will help you in fighting diabetes, like:
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Small Cardamom
  • Black Pepper
  • Long Pepper
  • Fenugreek Seeds
  • Ajwain (carom seeds)

How to use them and what scientific value they provide, all of that we will continue in our upcoming blog… Be with us and let us know how we can help you to know more about diabetes!

Most importantly, remember in diabetes PREVENTION is the ONLY CURE. Apart from trying these simple kitchen recipe’s you should get aware of the diabetes risk you may have. makes your job as easier as possible. Just visit the web-portal fill your basic health details along with your family history of diabetes, your eating or any smoking/ drinking habit and your current health conditions. Once submitted a personalized report will be generated which will give you:
  • Susceptibility Score,
  • Percentage Risk of Developing Diabetes and
  • The age which when you shall get affected by type 2 diabetes.
The first part of report will show your risk status like the below image:

Once you have got to know the risk of diabetes, you can go through the preventive measures including dietary and exercise recommendations. These recommendations are also scientifically calculated and customized as per your data and the risk report as generated.

So, what are you thinking of?


Contact me for any doubt you may have.
Dr. MS Singhal
MD - Singhal Diabetic Clinic |