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Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Christian Medical College, Vellore
Third Annual Meeting of Type 1 Diabetes

India being the diabetes capital of the world harbors a large population of young people with type-1-diabetes mellitus (T1DM) who need lifelong Insulin. Numerous factors including multiple daily injections, economic burden, illiteracy and inappropriate perceptions leading to stigma make coping difficult for the entire family. One of the ways of improving the care has been to create support group meets involving the patients and their family. The group discussion is also a forum to ensure smooth transition of patients following their excellent diabetes management under the care of pediatric endocrinology during childhood and adolescence.

In this endeavor, the department of Endocrinology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, as a team has taken it as a mission to provide care that would make the management of type 1 diabetes less painful and more cheerful. The concept of peer-group began in the year 2011, and the 1st annual support group meet was held in May 2014, followed by the 2ndannual meeting in June 2015. This year, the 3rd annual T1DM meeting will be held on 28th October 2017. About120 patients of various age groups (16-40 years) with family members will attend the meet from different parts of South India.

Dr. Alfred Job Daniel, Professor, Dept of Orthopaedics and the immediate past Principal, CMCH will be the Chief Guest of the event. He will release the specially designed T1DM annual calendar during the occasion. This calendar has a group photograph of people with type 1 diabetes, to highlight the message that they are not alone, and can cope well together.

Dr.Asha and Dr Riddhi Das Gupta with their team of diabetes educators (Mrs Mercy, Mrs Flory Mrs. Ruth Volena and Mrs.Nithya), dietician (Mrs. Sandhya) and support staff (Mrs Jayalakshmi) will discuss the six key aspects of care in Type 1 Diabetes which include “Healthy eating, being active, taking medications, monitoring, reducing risks, problem solving and healthy coping”. The goal to ensure involvement of people with T1DM and their families in the interactive sessions, to encourage behavior changes for better diabetes control and quality of life. We have also recently introduced the concept of carbohydrate counting modified to suit the Indian diet pattern.

We will also appreciate those people with T1DM who have maintained their HbA1C within target for 3 years with special gifts. Mrs Mercy will congratulate the newly married T1DM couples and those blessed with a child over the last two years. This is to improve the confidence of the younger people that they can lead a normal life in the society with T1DM. Their common medical problems will be discussed with a rope game to show their group strength and encourage them to interact with each other to solve their problems.

We also plan to have a music performance by Mr. Anand Kumar who has T1DM and is a professional in light music. Prizes will be distributed to the winners of the essay and painting competitions themed around “My life with Type 1 Diabetes”. The key goal of the support group to encourage interaction and build friendships will be emphasized. Mother There is a famously said "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop".  

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