Shifting Diabetes Education

A Stream on “Shifting Diabetes Education and Prevention Program from Specialized Diabetes Centers to Community Structure”
as part of the 4th Annual International Symposium on Diabetes
7-10 May 2018, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Health

The Medicine Unit of ATINER organizes a Stream on “Shifting Diabetes Education and Prevention Program from Specialized Diabetes Centers to Community Structure” as part of the 4th Annual International Symposium on Diabetes, 7-10 May 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Health.

The rapidly world-wide growing frequency of diabetes, engulfing children with development of disease complications earlier than before, and the failure to achieve satisfactory glycemic control and prevention of secondary complications, despite huge efforts and investments, indicate an urgent need for a different approach toward diabetes management.

We would like to present our work using a novel diabetes strategy, which is based on gradual propagation of knowledge, through successfully managed diabetic patients and devoted medical teams, in order to widen the range of our novel diabetes approach to include whole families and communities. Such strategy is based on the belief that urbanic loneliness, loss of traditional family structure, and profound media effect have a major role in induction of diabetes and other chronic old age diseases. Thus, improving individual and family self estimation, increased community interaction, combined with education and change in life style, might support efforts to prevent diabetes development. Our diabetic center is located in northern Israel serving various ethnic groups with about 40% Arabs, living in towns and villages. Such population allows us to study behavior of Westernized patients, as well as traditional closed communities, and adapt education accordingly.

Our concern is the growing prevalence of undiagnosed T2DM among children and young adults, associated with early CVD morbidity and mortality. Recruitment of the adult group was obtained through their motivation to improve patient condition by increased family involvement, in particular by their understanding that overweight and insulin resistance  accelerate aging processes in all age groups.

The success of the family members to improve their condition encouraged them to lead, spread knowledge, and enlarge the number of community subjects interested in achieving similar changes. Thus, doubling and tripling the success rate to prevent development of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and thus slow aging process can be supported by members of the community acting as messengers of the over flooded medical system.

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Fee structure information is available on http://www.atiner.gr/2018fees.

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 26 March 2018, by email, to atiner@atiner.gr, Dr. Pnina Vardi, Director (Retired), Laboratory for Diabetes & Obesity Research, Felsenstein Medical Research Centre, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form.

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