diabetes: Can one beat diabetes without a daily mouthful of pills? There is hope but the path is rigorous.

An Indian nurse (L) collects a blood sample from a policeman using a glucometer at a free diabetic health check-up camp on World Health Day in Hyderabad on April 7, 2016.


India nurses the second highest number of diabetics in the world. For most diabetics, fighting the slow-killer disease involves sticking to pills for life and staying away from some foods. But does that help? Is there an alternative? 70-year-old Madhu Sudan Sharma, has found a way to deliver his punch back to diabetes. This is a story of hope.

Madhu Sudan Sharma is an outlier among his peers. On most days, the 70-year-old travels to work from Thane to Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. Not one to whine about the chaotic traffic or his workload, Sharma diligently spares time in the evening for his social engagements. All through the day, he wears a warm smile. Fatigue? “Not at all,” he says. But the scene was different just two years ago. The drudgery of the mundane was weighing heavily on

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