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Meeting on diabetes discusses new techniques
by ASHRAF PADANNA August 23, 2014
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TRIVANDRUM: More than 60 per cent of diabetes patients in India, both men and women, suffer from sexual dysfunction due to the condition but they can also lead a happy sex life through proper management, according to a prominent Indian sexologist.

“Diabetes and sexual dysfunction can be managed through proper approach. Don’t let  diabetics die in bits,” Dr Deepak Jumani, the Mumbai-based sexologist, said while making a presentation on the subject at a diabetes convention here.

“There are 20 approved medications and devices to treat sexual problems.”

More than 520 professionals working in the area of managing diabetes, which has assumed an epidemic dimension in Kerala, participated in the two-day national convention organised by Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Centre here.

International Diabetes Federation President Elect and President of DiabetesIndia Dr. Shaukat M Sadikot inaugurated the convention.

More than 35 experts from India and the UK made their presentations on various aspects of diabetes management.

“These therapies will not increase the risk of complications to other organs including the heart. Some of the drugs which were available in the market previously had a lot of side effects. But now safe therapies are available,’’ Dr Jumani said.

Dr. Arun B Nair, Psychiatrist, discussed the ways and means of preventing depression in diabetes which can occur due to disease, its complications in vital organs, sexual dysfunction and disability.

“Patients need to openly discuss their psychological issues with the treating diabetes team to maintain the quality of life. They can lead a normal life like anyone else,” he said.

Dr OP Sharma, who discussed newer guidelines for the cautious selection of drugs in the elderly above the age of 60 years, strongly advocated routine vaccination of individuals against pneumococci and influenza which will tremendously save future time and cost.

The open forum chaired by Dr. Banshi Saboo, Executive Secretary, DiabetesIndia, Ahmedabad, discussed the existing challenges in the day-to-day management of diabetes.

Dr. Arun Shankar of the JDRC said patients commit multiple errors in injecting insulin, improper timing of medications with food and exercise patterns which are not suitable for their medications and age.

It adds on to the complications and cost of treatment.

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