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NIDE holds Seminar on Insulin Therapy.

KARACHI -- National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (NIDE) Ojha Campus, Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi organized a Seminar on "Insulin Therapy" reently. Professor Ghulam Asghar Channa, Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The speakers included Prof. M. Zaman Shaikh and Prof. Muhammad Masroor.

Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Masood Hameed Khan, Vice Chancellor - DUHS said that the proper control of diabetes could prevent or delay the long-term complications. Health-care providers could play a significant role in preventing the disease from turning a patient's life miserable. He stressed the need for concerted and coordinated efforts towards preventing of diabetes and minimizing the consequences of the disease at patient, community and government levels.

Prof. M Zaman Shaikh, Director-NIDE, said that Insulin is a hormone secreted by beta cell. The secretion is response to the glucose or other stimuli such as amino acid. Insulin increase glucose uptake particularly in muscle, live and adipose tissue. The insulin therapy aims to replicate the normal physiological insulin response. There are many misconceptions about insulin therapy in diabetes. He said that insulin is essential not only for health of diabetes, but it is needed to save life of so many diabetics especially for persons with type 1 diabetes. He further pointed out that patients need to be educated on proper and accurate use of insulin. He highlighted new advancements in insulin therapy and said that new needles used nowadays to inject insulin are virtually painless.

Continuing Prof. Zaman Sheikh said that Analogue Insulin are also available in the markets which controls sugar after diet. Research is continuing and in near future it is quite possible that one can use insulin in the form of tablets, capsules, spray and inhalers. It is estimated that at present there are about seven million diabetics in Pakistan which will increase much more in the days to come.

Prof. Masroor Ahmad referred to Insulin Phobia. Insulin he said is an effective medication for the diabetic patients as compared to oral medicines, but most patients are reluctant to use it.(PR)

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Title Annotation:National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology
Publication:Pulse International
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jun 30, 2011
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