The importance of early diagnosis and proper management in the treatment of diabetes, was stressed at a Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme conducted by the Military Hospital on Sunday.

Inaugurating the programme, the head, Medical Services, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala (ATNK and K) area Major General A.S. Narula pointed out that the southern states, particularly Tamil Nadu and Kerala, have a very high incidence of diabetes. Among other things the malady led to chronic kidney problems and renal failure.

The Commandant, Military Hospital, Brigadier B.N.B.M.Prasad, presided.

Senior Endocrinologist, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Colonel K. Kotwal said that through  proper diet and judicious intake of drugs the disorder can be managed properly.

Bangalore- based gynaecologist Group Captain G.S. Sandhu listed the dos and don'ts to prevent diabetes-related maternal and foetal complications. Reconstructive surgeon of the Nilgiris Colonel Ravi Shankar cautioned that poor control will lead to foot problems.

A practical workshop on diabetes with stress on blood sugar monitoring, insulin administration etc. formed part of the conference.