Such FAQs with the increasing number of new diabetics, including sweet - loving children suffering with the pain of insulin injections and other medical check-ups, shook my mind and with this continuous thought pattern, I started many awareness activities pertaining to diabetes. the idea was to prevent diabetes by creating awareness through - literature, Radio talks, public and social organisations, free education and management camps. But these activities were not satisfactory for the mass level. As the increase in the new cases of diabetes was inevitable, I kept thinking of a newer approach, a new mode of control and prevention.
Meanwhile, in the year 1996, we met Padamshree awarded Professor Dr. M.M.S. Ahuja (now late) who was a renowned Endocrinologist in India. He also appreciated our efforts on prevention. We were working on prevention of diabetes complications at that time. It used an electronic database of our registered patients and through a self generated computer program the complication risk was assessed. We showed it to Dr. Ahuja for which he appreciated us and inspired us to do something out of the league, a method that incorporates the use of herbal recipes and prevents this lifelong disorder and is available at a cost that the individual and community can afford. With their inspiration and advice, we started thinking in this direction. We focussed on the younger generation, which is now going to be the main victim of diabetes and it is must for them that they know the risk of developing this inherited disease.
Targeting the younger generation, it was now time to approach them. The easiest and the most convenient source was the Internet and so we began working in these lines. What you are looking at today is the continuous effort of our 12 years put all together i.e. GRASS. Our logo story
Dr. M.S. Singhal - MD
PG Course in Diabetology AIIMS New Delhi
Dr. Singhal has dedicated his life and energy in management of Diabetes and its complications.He has published various books and articles in national newspapers on Diabetes and its related disorders and complications.
Dr. Singhal always advocates a healthy lifestyle to battle with Diabetes and many such ailments. His popular publications include book entitled Guidelines For Diabetics which has been acclaimed with various laurels and accreditation from friends and patients. Presently, he is the life member of Diabetic Association of India (Mumbai), National Diabetic Association of India (Kolkata), Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (Hyderabad), and Diabetic self-care foundation (New Delhi). He has been educating the masses on the preventive measures for Diabetes as a guest speaker at various national academic forum and conferences. His clinical acumen in the field of Diabetes has been called unparalleled by health experts, prominent journalists and his patients. He has also been the Honorary Consultant Diabetologist for the Governor of the state Uttar Pradesh, India during 1999-2005, and various other Member of Parliaments, Ministers of State and Bureaucrats in Government of India.
Grass Diabetes originates from his decades of experience and dedication in research to make available to the world the simple yet powerful system for preventing and controlling Diabetes. In honour for his contribution to the society, he was awarded the best citizen of India award in the year 2000. He was also awarded the scroll of honour for his contributions in the field of Diabetes.
He now continues his work for the welfare of the society through various channels of charitable health promoting activities. He is the founder president of Madhumeha Trust (India) and founder secretory of Shivalik Education Trust.
Dr. Alka Singhal - MD
PG Dip. in Preventive & Promotive Medicine
Consultant Preventive Medicine
As the founder secretary of the Madhumeha Trust, India, she has chosen to dedicate her energy in Diabetes and its preventive medicine through Ayurveda.
Dr. Alka is a postgraduate in medicine with advanced studies in preventive and promoting health care from Apollo hospital and educational research foundation, Hyderabad, India. She has married Dr. M.S Singhal and his ideologies towards a healthy and Diabetic free society through preventive measures. Her popular publications include book entitled recipes for Diabetics which have been acclaimed with appreciation from friends and patients who have difficulty organising their dietary routines. It also contains recipes with low calorie high nutrition after being diagnosed with Diabetes. This ability has also helped GRASS in customizing the dietary modules for our future clients. She is also on the member of program advisory committee (Health section) in the Broadcasting Corporation of India.
She is well known amongst her patients, family and society for her ability to transform unorganised medical resources into nuggets of easily understandable information. She has been the coordinator advisor for Diabetes to the Ex- Governor of Himachal Pradesh, India. As a co- founder in grass with Dr. MS Singhal she advices the youth in adopting healthier lifestyle options for a balanced life by a balanced diet. In the year 2004, she began guiding medical students for post-graduation and continues to do the same till now.
During this tenure of her teaching experience she came across a group of students in the year 2005 who came to discuss with her the fundamentals of Ayurveda and its applications in the field of medicine while also having incorporating-the impossible to neglect- Modern Medicine. After primary discussion she felt that they all were concerned and had the potential to multiply there vision in the field of Diabetes. So made a Team with them to work on this GRASS Diabetes project.
Padma Shri M M S Ahuja
A Small Story - After completing my post graduation course, once I saw advertisement in 1995 in Times of India Newspaper for Post graduation course in Diabetology from AIIMS, New Delhi. I applied for the course because it was my favourite subject and doing this course from the Gold tag medical Institute of India was a dream come true for me.
Before the inaugural ceremony of this course when all the aspiring doctors were sitting in the AIIMS Auditorium, I saw an old-young- man approaching the sitting doctors. He introduced himself and asked all of us that from where did we all came to attend and join this course and why we are so interested in Diabetes, He also asked what primary information you have and he asked the same questions from me individually. As the first scientific session started all out station doctors knew how senior and pioneer doctor was standing in front of them and he was none other than Former Prof. Dr. M M S Ahuja, Founder of Endocrinology and Metabolism Dept. of AIIMS (however on that time Dr. Prof. N Kochupillai was the Head of Endocrinology and Metabolism) During this Post Graduation Course of Diabetology top faculties were giving their best, I really learned the depth of the subject (diabetes), how it affects our whole body, how serious and expensive its complications can be. I was quite impressed and was very excited with the academic aura of AIIMS. During the lunch break I asked for an appointment from Prof. Ahuja for a personal meeting. Looking at my interest in the subject he asked me to come and meet him in Sita Ram Bhartiya Institute of Medical Education, Aurbindo Marg, New Delhi where he used to treat type-1 diabetic children and it was there that I met him. He guided me regarding the approach to Diabetes as a Global problem and also what the future holds in the treatment of Diabetes. It was there and then that I shared with him my idea to use a Computer programme for diabetic patients, to analyze the details of each patient and to use it as a portal for and the assessment of each patient. He gave me the vision that in future the use of computers will play a vital role in scrutiny of Diabetes. He inspired me a lot and motivated me to work in this direction.
However this was not my idea alone, it was my wife’s vision also. So we started working on this and after completing our primary work we met Prof Ahuja again in June 1996 at the same place and showed him the details of the program that we designed and prepared. Luckily he was very impressed and encouraged us for more work in this spectrum. From then, Dr. Alka Singhal (my wife) was in continuous contact with him till the end of 1998. So we kept working on this computer based program and stared collecting data for analysis, matching and testing our program but while working we realized that there was not much data available as to who has diabetes, who has diabetes in their family and who does not and it was difficult to screen and streamline all that data to make a final report. So that is when we got this hint to solve the problem of mass screening through computer software where a known diabetic can enter his details and check his own profile and also the genetic predisposition in their family and at what age their family members can be prone to diabetes. Then in the next couple of years we developed our final program under the title Grass-Diabetes.com (Genetic Risk assessing Scoring System). Initially our results were above 64% during development of this software and we faced many problems but finally we were able to do it. Since it was his motivational words which inspired us to work on this we dedicate our work to Prof. Dr M M S Ahuja. He wrote many letters to us before his heavenly abode where he mentioned that he wanted to visit Haridwar to live. But it was very unfortunate for us that we lost him. His last hand written letter we are attaching herewith.Who was Professor M M S Ahuja -