Insulin is life saving, should be started
early rather than at the end stage of
Diabetes: Prof. Zaman Shaikh

KARACHI: Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, organized a seminar to celebrate World Diabetes Day recently. Speaking on the occasion Prof. Zaman Shaikh said that insulin is a life saving drug which needs to be stated early rather at the end stage of diabetes. Insulin is needed from day 1 of the diagnosis of Type I Diabetes to save the life of the patient till the last day of his/her life. On the other hand, 50% of Type II Diabetes patients require insulin eventually 10 years after the diagnosis of this disease. This is because beta cells in the pancreas are exhausted by this time and body needs insulin from outside to save the life of the patients and to prevent complications. He further stated that many new insulin’s will be available in the near future, duration of which may last for one week.

Group photograph taken at the World Diabetes Day seminar held at
Sir Syed
Medical College shows some of the speakers along with the organizers.

Continuing he said that efforts are going on to develop new preparations which might make it possible to administer insulin orally in form of capsules, under- the-tongue-sprays, inhalers, as skin patches and through nose. There are only two sites in the body where insulin can be injected, one, front of upper thigh and second, in the lower abdomen away from umbilicus under the skin. He advised that life style modifications like reduction of body weight, daily exercise , walk, balanced diet, proper sleep and quit smoking should always be there whether patient is taking insulin or not.
Secretary General of Diabetic Association of Pakistan, Dr. Samad Shera who was che chief guest on this occasion said that 14th November is selected as ‘World Diabetes Day’ throughout the world to celebrate the birth date of Fredrick Banting, who introduced insulin in 1922 and as a result was awarded noble prize. We need “To develop management strategies that do not place the mother, infant or subsequent generations at risk of diabetes. The major cause of diabetes is central obesity and we should fight it to prevent diabetes.
Prof. M. H. Usmani talked about the kidney complications in diabetes. He discussed pre-disposing factors which lead to kidney failure in diabetes like uncontrolled blood sugar, high cholesterol, raised blood pressure levels and smoking. He also gave importance to check protein levels in the urine at regular intervals to see the early effects of diabetes on the kidneys. Prof. Zeenat Ayoob, Principal Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Dr. Moinuddin Shaikh, Chairman of Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Professor Iqbal Memon and Dr. (Brig.) Muhammad Waseem also spoke on this occasion. (PR)