Diabetacare, a personalized diabetes care provider will conduct certified programmes for diabetes specialists and nurses in the next few months in India.
The objective is to ensure creation of a pool of specialists in the country to handle the growing incidence of diabetics.
At DEEP 2013 (Diabetacare Expert Education Programmes), an international symposium on Global Epidemic of Diabetes organised by Diabetacare in association with European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) found the lack of dedicated specialists.
Over 140, diabetes specialists from across the country attended the symposium which was addressed by experts from Europe and Asia. The symposium focused on educating physicians on early screening as a preventive care measure and newer developments in the field.
India is now at the forefront of the global epidemic of diabetes. Diabetics account for over 10 per cent of the 120 billion population. In the next few years, we will see more developments in the form of virtual clinics, which will help in constant monitoring of the patients from anywhere, stated Dr KM Prasanna Kumar, medical director India, Diabetacare.
“Currently, over 65 million are diabetes in India and this number is expected to increase in the next couple of years. There is need for personalized care, which is vital,” said Dr Sanjeev Agarwal, founder and CEO, Diabetacare.
Diabetes tend to ignore complications associated with foot which leads to amputation. As per the protocol, doctors check all the vital organs in patients but fail to check the foot. Diabetic neuropathy causes damage to nerves, resulting from high blood pressure and diabetes. It is estimated that one in seven diabetics are at the risk of losing their legs with ‘foot ulcers’. We need to educate the physician community about the risks of a ‘foot ulcer’, said Dr Andrew Boulton, president, EASD.
According to Satyan Rajbhandari, group medical director of Diabetacare and general secretary of Health Exchange Nepal (UK), “Personalized care for diabetics is the need of the hour in this country. We need diabetes specialist nurses (DSN) who should be capable in monitoring the patient on a regular basis and identify the kind of dosage administered and diet to be recommended.
Diabetacare, a UK-based personalized diabetes care provider, was established in India in 2013. Its team covers clinicians from UK and India who are well-known in diabetes management.