Diabetes club to educate patients on the best methods of managing disorder

A district registry for Type I diabetes would be launched shortly by the Diabetes Club of Tiruchi to assist insulin dependent patients to effectively manage the disorder. The announcement was made at the two-day annual professional conference ‘DCT-CON 2012' that concluded here on Sunday.

The registry would assimilate details including age, economic status, and line of treatment taken by Type I diabetes patients.

Keeping in mind the socio-economic status of patients, the club would educate patients on the best methods of management of diabetes and its associated complications. “These patients, a significant number of them children, would be insulin dependent all their lives. Armed with information from the registry, we may help them cope with diabetes and prepare them to counter complications,” said M.Shunmugavelu, member of scientific committee, DCT-CON.

A website featuring activities and initiatives undertaken has also been planned by the club originally founded to enhance knowledge of diabetology among medical practitioners in the district.

The second edition of the conference saw close to 300 delegates, according to organising secretary N.S.Prasad.

The conference organised with the objective to ‘re-establish commitment towards metabolic control' adopted a multivariate approach in analysing various facets of the disorder.

Around 12 eminent speakers from across South India discussed pertinent issues including insights into dysfunction of islets of langerhans, metabolic effects of bariatric surgery, diabetes treatment and impact on cancer risk and revascularisation of foot.

Interesting questions were addressed in sessions on whether impaired lung function was a complication of diabetes, is weight loss a waste of time, and diabetes in young people.

Earlier, P.Kumar, Member of Parliament, inaugurated the conference. V.Seshiah, chairman, V.Seshiah diabetes research institute, Chennai, delivered the endowment lecture on gestational diabetes.

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