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Every fourth person in Pakistan has diabetes-I

–6th International Diabetes Conference organised by Sanofi and DAP concludes

KARACHI: Sanofi and the Diabetic Association of Pakistan (DAP) collaborated to bring to Pakistan renowned international diabetes experts from globally recognized centres of academic excellence to address the “Sanofi International Diabetes Conference”.

The conference was held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad for the sixth consecutive year. The event brought together the following global diabetes experts onto a common platform to share their opinions, insights, perspectives and best practices with healthcare professionals from across Pakistan.

Prof. Gerry Rayman:

Head of Service at the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, the Diabetic Foot Clinic and lead of the Diabetes Research Unit, Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Prof. Rhys Williams:

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Deputy Head of the College of Medicine, Swansea University, UK

Prof. A. Samad Shera:

Secretary-General of the Diabetic Association of Pakistan; Honorary President International Diabetes Federation (IDF); Head of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre.

Speakers at the conference highlighted the criticality of good diabetes management by healthcare professionals in line with the latest scientific research in tandem with adherence by patients to prescribed therapies, oral or injected (insulin). This partnership between doctors and patients is essential to avoid or delay the onset of complications.

This year there was particular emphasis on complications pertaining to Diabetic Foot Disease. Speaking on “Screening and Prevention of Diabetic Foot Disease” Prof. Gerry Rayman said “neuropathy is common in people with diabetes because high blood sugar damages nerve fibres. A poorly controlled patient may have nerve damage leading to loss of sensation in his/her feet or other extremities. A thorough foot examination is important to detect the disease early. Screening for peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease can help identify patients at risk of foot ulcers.”

Secretary-General of the Diabetic Association of Pakistan (DAP) and Honorary President International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Prof. A. Samad Shera, stressed the need for healthier lifestyle and regular screening for diabetes, particularly for those at high risk.

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