Freedom from Diabetes (FFD) marks a decade of successful journey

FFD was founded to help people learn about diabetes and find solutions to the health problems it causes. Education, community, and motivation are the cornerstones of the FFD initiative's comprehensive programme for behavioural change

Pune : “Happiness and good health are two of our top priorities in life. We tend to think that health is directly proportional to happiness, but in reality, it’s the other way around. Health is a byproduct of happiness, and the kind of happiness that comes from forgetting our own troubles in order to aid others is the kind that lasts “as Sadhu Vaswani Mission Chairperson Krishna Kumari Thadani put it. She was giving a speech at an event to celebrate FFD’s first decade in existence.

Mindfulness, she said, can energise our minds, gratitude is the greatest immune system booster, and realising the power of breathing and helping others are the keys to happiness. Rather than viewing life as a pursuit of joy, we tend to view it as a competition. Changing our perspective can alter the course of our lives. She recommended 15 minutes a day of PQT (personal quiet time) spent in silence and reflection.

She went on to say that people everywhere require healing. Healing is what Dr. Tripathi does best. God and life have blessed us immensely, and for this we should be eternally thankful. Thankful hearts mend quicker. Along with FFDians, more than 110 former participants were honoured for their efforts over the past decade to make the elimination of the need for diabetes medications and insulin a reality for the world.

Dr. Pramood Tripathi started FFD to help people learn about diabetes and find solutions to the health problems it causes. Education, community, and motivation are the cornerstones of the FFD initiative’s comprehensive programme for behavioural change. The initiative also features a number of programmes, such as the weekly “Discover Reversal Sessions” and the annual “Muktotsav,” which honours and celebrates diabetics who have followed the FFD programme religiously, achieved normal results on the Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT), or improved their insulin sensitivity (IGT) ( Impaired Glucose Tolerance Test ). Today, 87 clubs across 14 countries make up the FFD network, which also features a liberation from obesity programme.

According to Dr. Pramod Tripathi, more than 13,500 people with type 2 diabetes have eliminated their need for insulin or other diabetic medications thanks to FFD. More and more people are becoming aware of diabetes, but unfortunately, more than half of those who have the disease are still undiagnosed. One hundred thousand diabetics will be helped by our education and FFD programmes to become completely independent of insulin and other medications by the year 2030.