Diabetes Management Decoded.

In conversation about technology, health & hope in the first episode of “Health as we know it”.

Diabetes Management Decoded.
Diabetes Care | Jan. 5, 2023

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What does living freely look like when managing diabetes? What is ‘culinary cruelty’? How are theranostic (therapeutic and diagnostic) tools helping level the playing field and your glucose count?

With India having the second highest diabetes population in the world, and the number of adults suffering from diabetes set to touch 124.9 million by 2045, judgment-free and candid conversations are the need of the hour. Especially since a number of young are dealing with the condition too. Innovations in healthcare technology are helping transform diabetes management practices and empowering doctors and patients alike. Wondering how? We discuss all this and more in the first-ever episode of Health As We Know It!

Our panelists:

Dr. Kalra: Endocrinologist, Vice President of the South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies and past president of the Endocrine Society of India.

Dr. Prashant Subramanian: Head of Medical Affairs, emerging Asia and India at Abbott Diabetes Care.

Nupur Lalvani: Founder of the Blue Circle Diabetes Foundation, certified diabetes educator and a diabetes patient since the last 27 years.

A few takeaways from the discussion:

A Revolution in Glucose Monitoring

Of Terms and Conditions

Stress and lifestyle factors are increasingly playing a part in the rising cases of diabetes among the youth. Stress about the difficulties navigating social situations makes it all the more difficult. Innovative healthcare tech today is providing significant relief by allowing people to manage their condition on their terms, with tools that are an easier fit with their lives and lifestyles.

Sharing Food vs. Sharing Health

It can be difficult enough for people living with diabetes to stay on track with dietary limitations and planning, without the added societal and cultural pressures regarding food! Listen as Dr. Kalra talks about these and wraps problematic social responses in clever alliterations like “Culinary cruelty” and “Dietary Draconism”. Technology can go a long way in empowering individual decision-making encouraging smarter food choices based on actual physical cues (and not just social ones!)

Lord Kelvin once said, “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it…”.  Our speakers break it down for the listener on how it plays a role when it comes to diabetes and managing glucose levels, one needs to be aware of the range and patterns in the first place. Periodic glucose monitoring technology not only helps measure glucose levels accurately, but also provides valuable data about time spent in the range i.e. the ideal ‘zone’ so to speak.


Goldilocks and Glucose

Much like Goldilocks in our beloved storybooks, finding the Goldilocks zone for glucose levels – i.e. neither too high nor too low but one that is just right for the person – is what is required to keep the body healthy and for doctors to treat their patients better. Hear how, mapping glucose level patterns is imperative to create a personalized treatment and management regimen.

The human side of tech

To paraphrase how Dr. Subramanian puts it, technology is only as good as how much people use it. Technology evolves as our habits do. Increased usage –  and observations and learnings from the same –  help develop technology that is increasingly intuitive and a better supportive aid in making life easier and disease management simpler.

The right tools, backed by information accessibility and judgment-free conversations, go a long way in enhancing quality of life and allowing people to live healthily on own their terms! Intrigued?

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Disclaimer: The information mentioned in this document is only suggestive /for patient education and shall not be considered as a substitute for doctor’s advice or recommendations from Abbott. Please consult your doctor for more information.