“Every 5th Pregnant woman may be Gestational Diabetic”


By our correspondent, Ahmedabad, 16 February 2013

In a small study from Gujarat had shown increasing incidence of Gestation Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), particularly in a woman who have family history of diabetes, overweight and having pregnancy after the age of 30.

Out of these 5, three are not diagnosed and leads to many minor and major complications to infant as well as mother both. As well as increasing the chances of other paripartam complications.

In India, Dr. V. Seshiah from Chennai; a world renowned diabetologist and an authority on this subject initiated a movement from Chennai and moved all across the country to increase the awareness for diabetes in pregnancy. Under his leadership he found Diabetes in Pregnancy Study group India (DIPSI).

The whole motto of DIPSI is to increase the awareness about GDM to physicians, diabetologist, obstetricians and family physicians.

Dr. Banshi Saboo, diabetes specialist from city of Ahmedabad, is associated with this group since long and doing regular CME and educational activities to colleagues physicians and obstetricians. This year Dr. Banshi Saboo as an organizing secretary; organizing 8th National Conference of Diabetes in Pregnancy Study group India at Ahmedabad from 16 – 17 February, 2013 (Saturday – Sunday).

Prof. Asha N. Shah who is organizing chairman for this meeting is also HOD: Medicine Dept., Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.

To get scientific feast from who is who we had invited 7 international faculties from different parts of the world and 50 eminent diabetes specialist, endocrinologist, obstetricians and physicians from all across the country.

In this meeting of 2 days, we are going to discuss what is the status of awareness about GDM, latest treatment, newer methods of monitoring and insulin pump therapy.

Dr. A. K. Das, president of DIPSI, who is also director of JIPMER (Puducherry) and additional health director, Govt. of India; going to talk on “GDM – Public Health Issue”.

There will be 250 obstetricians, 100 physicians and 150 family physicians from all across the country are going to attend this scientific meet at Ahmedabad.

DIPSI is a major task force for developing guidelines for detection, screening and treatment for GDM in India.


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