NEW DELHI: Ill health has been touted as one of the reasons why Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal may skip the crucial national executive meeting of the party on Wednesday, triggering speculation over the seriousness of the chief minister's diabetes condition.
Doctors say the 45-year-old CM's post-meal sugar readings are as high as 300mg/dl, while normal levels should be below 180. Despite increasing insulin dosage, there is no reprieve and he has now decided to try naturopathy treatment at a Bangalore centre.
For the record, Kejriwal leaves for the treatment a day after the meeting.
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"Kejriwal will leave on Thursday morning and undergo naturopathy treatment for 10 days," said Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister who will take care of day-to-day affairs of the Delhi Government in Kejriwal's absence.
"Arvind's sugar level has remained above 300 (post-meal) for the past 10 days. Doctors increased the insulin dose three-fold and doubled his medicines. But despite that, the cough has worsened and sugar levels continue to remain on the higher side," Sisodia said.
Sources said the Delhi CM will undergo naturopathy at the Jindal Naturecure Institute in Bengaluru which offers a range of therapies — from hydrotherapy (water massages and aquatic exercises), oil massage and fasting therapy in which juices and soups are given to eliminate toxins and enhancing the body's healing properties.
Yoga and diet control is also prescribed. "The nature of Kejriwal's treatment will be decided after his admission and check-ups," said a close aide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also asked Kejriwal to consult a yoga therapist, H R Nagendra, in Bengaluru for his persistent cough during the Delhi Police's 'At Home' function a couple of weeks ago.
Dr Vipin Mittal, Kejriwal's family doctor and friend, blamed the suger levels on the CM's erratic lifestyle during the Delhi election campaign and the party's victory in the polls. "He would sleep for less than three hours and have lunch at 4pm. We never got to test his blood sugar levels for a long time, so his medication could not be calibrated," he told TOI.
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Dr Mittal added: "Arvind believes more in alternative medicine. He has travelled to all parts of the country, including south India, to seek treatment for chronic dry cough."
To manage stress, Kejriwal attends meditation sessions and vipassana discourses. Kejriwal had also taken ill after becoming Delhi CM. He had high fever and diarrhoea for which he was given antibiotics. He was also been put on insulin for increased blood sugar and diabetes control.
Dr Anoop Misra, chairman, Fortis C-Doc, said uncontrolled diabetes increases the risk of kidney damage and heart attack.