The Public Health Impact of Unproven Diabetes Therapies and
the Role of Education

This original research was presented by Dr.Jothydev Kesavadev at the 42nd RSSDI Convention. The paper was co-authored by Dr.Shashank Joshi, Dr.Banshi Saboo, Dr.Arun Shankar and Sunitha Jothydev.

Diabetes is of high prevalence in India. In the literate state of Kerala, more than 20% of adults suffer from T2DM. Being a difficult to treat disease which requires profound modifications in lifestyles; despite literacy, patients easily get attracted to magical therapies.

Patients in huge numbers receiving such therapies discontinue insulin and other drugs and after 6 months to 2 years go back to their doctors with high sugars, heart attacks, strokes amd other disabiliies.

Being an ancient disease requiring multiple drugs in combination with lifestyle modifications, claims on "cure" for diabetes easily attracts the common man irrespective of social, economic and educational background. Such unproven therapies inflict huge economic loss, several folds increase in the treatment cost, loss of working days and eventually mental depression. Widespread diabetes education should focus on patients adhering to therapies accepted and published by global and regional scientific bodies.

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