KARACHI: After research by health experts, diabetes patients will now be able to use insulin inhalers instead of insulin injections - a more advanced treatment for diabetic patients which will be introduced soon.
This was announced at a seminar, 'International Conference on Diabetes and Endocrinology', jointly organised by the Express Media Group and Family Medicine in Karachi.
The conference patron-in-chief Prof Samad Shera, Organising Committee Chairperson Prof Zaman Sheikh, Jinnah Sindh Medical University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Tariq Rafi, who was the chief guest, and Afzal Begum addressed the audience.
The international conference was attended by Sir Syed Girls College Principal Muhammad Waseem, Zia Sheikh, Prof Shabeen Naz, College of Family Medicine Pakistan General Secretary Dr Shahla Naseem, Dr Rajishan Kumar and Express Media Group's Azfar Nizami, among many other local and foreign doctors.
Foreign health experts shed light on how to prevent diabetes and presented arguments on its treatment.
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Before the conference kicked off, a scientific training session and workshop was held for doctors, which was attended by a number of local doctors.
Every fourth person suffers from diabetes, said Prof Zaman in his address to the audience, adding that the condition is quite common in Pakistan, which is dangerous.
He added that obesity was also spreading quickly due to the increased consumption of chicken, which also leads rising levels of cholesterol.
Prof Zaman regretted that desi [local] remedies to treat diabetes were further complicating the situation.
Dr Rafi reiterated that diabetes was spreading fast in Pakistan. He said that as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, even youngsters were developing the condition. He paid tribute to Prof Zaman and Prof Shera, among others for organising the conference.
He said the objective of shedding light on the topic was to benefit the young Pakistani doctors.
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Dr Rafi shared that Jinnah Sindh Medical University's research department was ahead in this field and invited other institutions to the university and assured them of full cooperation.
Meanwhile, Prof Shera advised that one must eat less and walk more.
On the first day of the conference, many dignitaries acknowledged the role of Express Media Group's efforts in making the conference possible and many doctors were awarded shields.
Several pharmaceutical companies had set up their stalls at the conference.
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