Approximately 60 doctors from clinics across Qatar and 41 visiting from Pakistan heard the latest advice on how to diagnose and manage diabetes at the International Diabetes Excellence Academy (IDEA) conference, hosted by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q).
The conference featured two days of presentations and interactive Q&A sessions in which a team of expert medical educators explained the most up-to-date guidelines for effectively treating both type-1 and type-2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance - also known as pre-diabetes.
The attendees were given practical guidance to follow in their own clinics on issues such as how to interpret blood-glucose test results, how to distinguish diabetes from pre-diabetes, and how and when to prescribe medication to optimally treat debilitating complications such as damage to the kidneys (nephropathy), nerves (neuropathy) and eyes (retinopathy).
The activity was facilitated by WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development and was an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Category 1) as defined by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department and was approved for a maximum of 9 hours.
Diabetes has emerged as one of the biggest health challenges facing modern medicine as an estimated 8.5 percent of the global adult population, have the disease. The prevalence of diabetes in Qatar in 2015 was 13.5% and far exceeds the prevalence of diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the world according to the International Diabetes Federation.
If diagnosed and treated early, patients with diabetes can live long and healthy lives, but poor management of the disease increases the likelihood of the long- term complications leading to premature blindness, renal failure and amputation, together with death following myocardial infarction and stroke.
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