Simple Treatment May Reduce Diabetes Crisis, Expert Says

Speaking during the Global Diabetes Forum this month, Shaukat M. Sadikot, president-elect of the International Diabetes Federation said that affordable and simple health care is the key to suppressing the persistent growth in the number of diabetes patients across the globe. The event, with the theme “Take a Step for Diabetes” was hosted at the Sheraton Hotel in Kuta, Badung. Every patient with diabetes is aware that while the diagnosis is not the grim fate that it once was, it does require a great deal of maintenance and care, with patients needing a variety of supplies for diabetes ranging from diabetic log books to extra large compression stockings to True Test blood glucose test strips, depending on a variety of variables. There is a growing concern among scientists around the globe as the rates of new diabetes cases continue to increase.


Approximately 124 doctors and health practitioners from seven countries including Malaysia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam were present at the event. Statistics showed that some 49% of people in Asia, 62% of Africans and 54% of individuals in the Western-Pacific region did not know they were suffering from diabetes, either due to lack of access or finance. While most of the world considers diabetes a disease of affluence, predominantly in countries like the United States, rates of the disease are growing in India, China, and around the world. Those with diabetes need to monitor their blood-glucose levels carefully, and around the world there is a greater and greater need for supplies for diabetes such as diabetes log books, True Test blood glucose test strips, and other items—even extra large compression stockings for those who are suffering from poor circulation. These items individually may not be terribly expensive, particularly for those with stable incomes, but the cost adds up dramatically for those who are not as financially secure—and who need to monitor their disease just as much as anyone else.


An endocrinologist from India said that doctors and health practitioners must move away from their academic guidelines and resort to cheaper methods when it came to treating the underprivileged, a problem that isn’t just limited to areas of the globe with higher poverty rates; even in America, there are individuals who are homeless or otherwise impoverished whose budgets do not allow for the kinds of medical care that would make diabetes complications a much more remote risk, or even help to slow down the growth in cases of diabetes in the country. Advances are being made to make diabetes testing easier, but even then many of the needed supplies for diabetes, such as log books, True Test blood glucose test strips, and extra large compression stockings add up over time. Many companies are attempting to work with not only businesses but also consumers to find ways to reduce the price of these products, to make them more attainable around the world. Sadikot summed up the situation with the statistic: “Every six seconds, a person dies of diabetes.” With proper care and accessibility, the IDF feels that rates of diabetes will go down—as will the rates of critical side effects of the disease.

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