"Will my brothers and sisters get diabetes?" Today, 12 year old Masooma (the name was changed) invited an expert group on medical sciences (SHIMA).
Diabetes from the last eight years, her question was taken by the hearts of endocrinologists, but this caused great uncertainty about the disease in Kashmir. Masooma, like the young diabetics who participated in the World Diabetes Day and Children's Day in SKIMS, participated in many issues related to diabetes treatment and social issues, which hindered the availability of healthcare.
Panel discussion was led by Dr Abdul Hameed Zargar, former director SKIMS and well-known endocrinologist. The group was prof. Prof. Mohammad Ashraf Ganie, Dr Abida Ahmed, Dr Bashir Charoo, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Wani, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Lone and Dr Arshid Hussain, to discuss various aspects of diabetes mellitus in Kashmir, Bashir Ahmed Laway's main endocrinology department, SKIMS, Prof. Mohammad Ashraf Ganie, Dr. Abida Ahmed, Dr. Bashir Charoo, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed Wani, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed Lone and Dr. Arshid Hussain.
A proper treatment of diabetes, based on glucose control, was the basis for the long and healthy life of people with diabetes, the expert group said.
DrZargar has warned the patient about a surprise. "At each stage, treatment is possible," he said, while pointing out that SKIMS is one of the largest South Asian Department of Endocrinology with experience and all endocrine disorders, including diabetes.
Prof. Arshid Hussain from the Government College of Medicine in Srinagar stressed the need for a "positive and thriving" atmosphere at home and beyond to better manage diabetes.
"Our research shows that one third of diabetics suffer from depression and this is a huge factor in controlling blood sugar levels," he said. He drew attention to the importance of counseling for both the patient and the family and said that this could be a long way in improving the quality of life of patients.
Many patients and their families talked about issues they encountered, especially if they had children who were diabetics. For one such patient, Bisma (changed name), 15 years old from Kulgama had to change her school because her previous school was not cooperating to allow her time before lunch to get insulin injections.
"She either left lunch or did not have insulin. It worsened her condition," said Mother. She talks about leaving her studies until her parents found their new school, where she needed the injection 10 minutes after the lesson. "These ten minutes mean life to my daughter," she said.
Experts said that high costs of diabetes treatment were one of the main drivers leading to inadequate testing, lack of treatment cessation or lack of adequate treatment and physical fitness.
Many activities were organized at this event to ensure that a healthy and focused life was also possible with diabetes, Dr ShariqMasoodi said. Activities included race and physical activity sessions, nutrition and diabetes workshops, new diabetes registry workshops and blood tests, including HBA1C.
Dr.Imtiaz A Wani, Faculty of Nephrology, SKIMS, talked about the importance of regular checking for the prevention of kidney disease in diabetics. "Every six months, patients should check the amount of urine in protein loss," he said, adding that it could help prevent any kidney complications in a timely manner.
Particular attention was paid to the treatment of diabetes during pregnancy. "It's seen that uncontrolled diabetes during pregnancy can have a life-long effect on the baby," said Dr. Abida Ahmed, head of department of gynecology and obstetrics at SKIMS.
Director SKIMS, at the same time awarding prizes to winners of various competitions, organized the event, thanked the endocrinology department for the "establishment of a single exhibition". "Many times, departments and institutes have been devastated by attacks. This (endocrinology) department is an exception, and they are doing great work for which we are proud," he said.