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  • Writer's pictureAnustup Kundu

Children With Diabetes and Their Families Celebrated World Diabetes Day

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Dr. Subrata Dey, a renowned senior paediatric endocrinologist and diabetologist at Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals in Kolkata, organised a special event on December 17, 2023, at The Spring Club in Kolkata, in honour of World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2023. The objective was to draw attention to the difficulties that kids with type 1 diabetes encounter, with a particular emphasis on childhood insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Because the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, insulin deficiency leads to type 1 diabetes mellitus. This illness, which typically affects young children and teenagers, causes the pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin to be destroyed. When fasting blood sugar is more than 126 mg/dl or 200 mg/dl two hours after meals, the diagnosis is verified. Insulin is the mainstay of managing type 1 diabetes. It is given several times a day via pens, pumps, or syringes. To ensure that patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus live long and productive lives, comprehensive diabetes management includes insulin treatment, nutritional management, physical activity, diabetes education, and psychological support. Families with type 1 diabetes were able to form a sense of community through the program's engaging activities, which included a magic show, and its conclusion with a prize and gift distribution ceremony, followed by a delicious lunch. The programme featured a "Meet the Challenges of Diabetes" essay competition for parents and a drawing competition for children. Dr. Dey then gave scientific talks that shed light on the most recent developments in the treatment of paediatric diabetes. This time, Dr Dey emphasised the critical importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment initiation, especially with basal-bolus insulin therapy, in addressing the rising incidence of type 1 diabetes. He added that insulin pumps are currently used to treat diabetes, providing a high-tech alternative that reduces the need for repeated injections. It is critical to acknowledge the importance of these devices and take accessibility into account, taking into account nodal centres in particular states that offer free insulin. Maintaining accessibility and affordability is crucial to creating a healthcare system in which no one is denied care or receives inadequate treatment. Dr. Dey separated type 1 diabetes from type 2 diabetes and emphasised the life-saving role of insulin for those with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is more common in children because of inadequate breastfeeding and immune system issues, while Type 2 diabetes is more common in adults because of obesity and genetic predisposition.


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