On World Diabetes Day, the Department of Medicine & Allied and the Departments of Research & Molecular Medicine organized a conference at Ziauddin University auditorium. The event aimed to raise awareness and educate about diabetes management and living with the disease. Multidisciplinary diabetes experts, including doctors, nurses, dieticians, and research scientists, discussed various aspects of diabetes management. Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza, executive director of research and head of the Department of Molecular Medicine, highlighted the alarming rate of diabetes patients in Pakistan, with the majority affected between the ages of 35-64. She also introduced new drug targets and drugs, highlighting the potential of OMIC technology and precision medicine.
Professor Dr. Masood Hameed Khan highlighted insulin resistance as a primary cause of diabetes development, emphasizing continuous blood glucose monitoring, lifestyle modifications, increased physical activity, and the consumption of an organic balanced diet. Prof. Dr. Uzma Ghori highlighted a holistic person-centered approach for Type 2 diabetes, emphasizing timely screening and new diagnostic criteria. Dr. Fatima Jhangir discussed treatment options, focusing on patient-based approaches and the importance of dietary choices. Dr. Abdul Hameed highlighted the need for new anti-diabetic drugs and the importance of weight loss for diabetes remission. Dr. Fasiha Sohail discussed ethical approaches for prescribing antidiabetic drugs, including conflict of interest and patient preferences.