9. JDC Updates

IDF World Congress, 4-8 December 2017, Abu Dhabi

Dr.Jothydev was the invited Speaker for the IDF Annual Convention at Abu Dhabi attended upon by delegates from over 170 countries. Jothydev in his lecture titled ‘Insulin Delivery Methods: Past, Present & Future’, he discussed about the past, present and future of methods to deliver insulin. Dr. Jothydev also chaired the Diabetes and Technology Symposium at IDF. He was the chair for the Oral posters on 'Insulin therapy and devices.’ In addition, there were 7 original research presentations from JDC.

Gopika Krishnan in her invited lecture on the importance of diabetes education at the Blue Circle Voices Network underscored the importance of changing the mindset of patients to successfully alter their unhealthy beliefs and practises on diet, exercise and unproven remedies.

Dr.Arun Shankar and Sunitha Jothydev presented the original research from JDC. Elderly patients living alone with diabetes should be treated with special attention to take care of their individualised requirements. The study considered the specific challenges in the elderly such as psychological issues, loneliness, visual and hearing impairment, financial stress, memory loss, medical emergencies and how to tackle them.

Sunitha Jothydev discussed the research paper related to Kesavadev Trust Type 1 Diabetes Program (KT1DP) Sweet Stars which involved providing free insulin pumps to economically deprived type 1 children in addition to insulin and supplies. The study documented profound improvement in diabetes status. The study also discussed how, unfortunately, a minority of beneficiaries does not realize the huge cost involved when provided completely free of cost and misuse the project and the solutions to overcome this. IDF is the global scientific organization responsible for diabetes treatment guidelines and the authority conducting world diabetes day every year.

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Diabscreen Kerala, Camp, Neyyatinkara

P.Kesavadev Trust conducted free Diabscreen Kerala diabetes awareness, screening, detection and treatment camp at Amalodbhava Matha Cathedral, Neyyattinkara. Free tests, classes and treatment were provided by the diabetes team led by Dr.Arun Shankar, Unit Head, JDC Trivandrum. Prasad coordinated the camp.

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