BHUBANESWAR: Diabetes is a disorder, not a disease and it can be well managed with proper self-care and treatment. This disorder can lead to a number of serious complications, whether of the heart, nerves or eyes, and if diagnosed late or left untreated, the damage can be irrevocable, opined health experts at a conference here on Sunday.
Inaugurating the conference on endocrine and diabetes update organised by Apollo Sugar Clinics, president of Endocrine Society of Odisha Prof PK Mishra said even as the specific causes of the disorder depend on the type of diabetes that one is diagnosed with, endocrinology focuses primarily on the endocrine organs or those organs that may cause hormone imbalance.
“Since diabetes is one of the leading disorders to plague our generation today, physicians need to improve knowledge and skills which would enable them to provide most effective and advanced diabetes care to patients,” Prof Mishra said.
CEO of Apollo Sugar Clinics Gagan Bhalla stressed on the improved treatment facilities to deal with increasing number of diabetes patients. He said several initiatives that focus on preventive healthcare have been designed to provide advanced standards of services and facilities for diabetes care.
A recent clinical research conducted by Apollo Sugar in Bhubaneswar found that patients who were adherent to diet management programme for a period of three months or more found a significant improvement in their HbA1c and total cholesterol levels. This indicates that individuals can manage their diabetes better than ever before through continuous monitoring.
Senior Endocrinologist and organising secretary of the conference Dr Sambit Das said diabetes and endocrine disorders are common in Odisha and it is quite a challenge to manage these disorders. Regular updates would help the consultants dealing with the disorders diagnose and manage this common menace, he said.
On the occasion, Prof RJ Dash was felicitated with life time achievement award for his significant contribution to the field of endocrinology and diabetes. Among others, CEO Apollo Hospital (Odisha and Chhattisgarh) Sudhir Diggikar and Prof AK Baliarsingh also spoke.