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31st July, 2017
New guidelines on diabetes self-management education and support

Management of diabetes is multidisciplinary and a team approach is the basis of care of the patient with diabetes, who is at the center of this team.
 
Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is a very important aspect of management in all patients with diabetes, including those with prediabetes. Optimal control of blood sugar is important; but, it is also important to control other risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidemia in order to prevent the macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes. Because of the need for lifestyle modifications, patients with diabetes are themselves responsible for the day to day management of diabetes, but with the support of the doctor.
 
For the first time, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) have combined education and support (DSMES) and released new standards to help diabetes educators and medical providers establish and sustain patient care models, programs and teams for people with diabetes and their caregivers. These guidelines will be published in the September 2017 issues of Diabetes Care and The Diabetes Educator. 
 
These standards relate to organizational structure, participation of community stakeholders, access, program coordination, instructional staff, individualizing diabetes education to the need of each patient, monitoring of patient progress and quality improvement. An up-to-date, evidence-based, and flexible curriculum provides education.
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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New Delhi, 30 July, 2017: Statistics indicate that about 700 million people in India inhale smoke from biomass and kerosene stoves and other sources that spew carbon particles, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, sulphur oxides, formaldehyde and cancer-causing substances such as benzene. This smoke is a leading cause of asthma in the country. Estimates by the WHO show that between 15 and 20 million people have asthma in India, and the numbers do not show any signs of decreasing.
Studies also indicate that the prevalence is higher in children as they have smaller airways which become constricted due to all the pollutants. Schoolchildren are the worst affected and many are growing up with irreversible lung damage. All this can be blamed on the rising pollution levels which cause fatal lungs disorders, severe respiratory problems, nausea, palpitation, loss of vision, blood pressure, and fatigue.
 
Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon - Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement, said "Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder triggered by allergic reactions.
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