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Sidra Medicine to mark Diabetes Day with educational events

Sidra Medicine to mark Diabetes Day with educational events


Tribune News Network
Doha
Sidra Medicine, a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), and Qatar's new hospital for children, young people and women, will mark World Diabetes Day on November 14 with patient-focused activities designed to educate and empower the community.
The activities reflect Sidra's approach to helping patients manage and understand the condition through education and the application of new technologies.
Families visiting the Outpatient Clinic (OPC) on November 14, from 8am to 3pm, can take part in a variety of fun and educational activities to learn more about diabetes and understand how to manage its risks and lead a healthier lifestyle. Specialist doctors and nurses will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice on managing the condition in children.
On November 15, an educational session will address the importance of early screening for gestational diabetes which develops during pregnancy and how to manage the condition during pregnancy. The talk delivered by Sidra experts will focus on advice and guidance for women at risk or already diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Patients and families can visit the information table at the OPC (Level 4), from 8am to 2pm. The education session takes place at the OPC (Level 5, C5- 401 A&B) from 12 to 13.30 pm on the same day.
Sidra's patient and family-centred approach to care also focuses on educating patients, their families on the management of blood sugar by balancing nutrition and exercise with insulin therapy and supporting the emotional as well as physical consequences of diabetes. They are also given the tools they need to manage the condition and improve their quality of life.
Sidra is currently treating about 1,200 children who have the disease and undertaking an ambitious three-year project to better understand the mechanisms of diabetes in each of the children being treated. This reflects the hospital's approach of personalised medicine by integrating clinical medicine with translational research, designed to produce meaningful health outcomes in the treatment and diagnosis of diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that Qatar will be one of the countries with the highest growth in diabetes between 2013 2035.
Prof Khalid Hussain, division chief of endocrinology and programme director of research in children's services at Sidra Medicine, said:"Our approach to care comprises educators, dieticians, researchers and clinicians who are supported by access to the latest technology and medical research. We are currently embarking on a collaborative research programme to help understand the underlying genetic and biochemical mechanisms of diabetes in every child in with diabetes in Qatar. We are well on our way to developing a multidisciplinary approach for our patients with diabetes, and a multidisciplinary team to care for every child."

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