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Toll-free helpline for diabetes launched in AP, Telangana

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A toll-free helpline aimed at providing for people living with and diabetic was launched here today.

Former V V S Laxman unveiled the helpline -- --, an initiative of the Public Foundation of (PHFI), in association with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust UK.

Initially, the helpline would be available in Telangana and and expanded to other parts of the country later, a release said.

"is home to the second largest number of adults living with worldwide, after There were 72 million cases of in in 2017 and this number is to double by 2025," it said.

Laxman, who made the first call after launching the helpline, lauded the initiative.

Recalling that Wasim Akram, who was one of the best performers of his time, never let it be known that he was a diabetic, Laxman said it showed that the condition can be managed.

"But knowing how to do, how to manage, ...addressing that, is very important. That's where I feel this helpline is very, very important," he said.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 20:05 IST