The 19th CDE Postgraduate Forum in Diabetes Management will be taking place from 11 – 13 August 2017 at Emperors Palace and Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

As the premier meeting place in South Africa for all healthcare professionals with a specific interest in the management of diabetes, this year’s forum is expected to attract more than 430 healthcare professionals.

Executive Chairman of the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), Professor Larry Distiller, says there is an urgent need to address diabetes. Diabetes remains the most common cause of blindness in the Western World, the leading cause of kidney failure, dialysis and transplantation and the most common factor in lower limb amputations.

It is also a major cause of acute hospitalisation. Prof Distiller says that good management of diabetes has the potential to reduce acute hospitalisation rates by 85%, eye complications and renal failure by 60% and amputation rates by over 80%. “The potential cost savings run into billions of Rands.”

Currently, almost 1 in 11 of the world population has diabetes and this is increasing. “The largest increase will be in developing countries, where diabetes is expected to double in the next 15 years. South Africa has the highest number of adults living with diabetes in Africa,” said Prof Distiller.

According to Prof Distiller, the reason why these numbers matter is that the diagnosis of diabetes confers a massively increased risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is linked closely to the other well-known risk factors for heart disease and death, namely high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.

“79% of those dying from diabetes in developing countries are under the age of 60, just when these people should be in their most economically productive years. Apart from the personal and emotional trauma caused by early death, the potential effect on the economy is immeasurable,” said Prof  Distiller.

Some of the topics to be covered at the Forum by top experts will include Revolutionising diabetes management by Executive Committee Member of the Society of Endocrinology, Dr Sundeep Ruder;  Making a difference – treating hypertension in Type II diabetes by Head of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town (UCT), Prof Brian Rayner;  and some therapeutic conundrums looking at the intersection between diabetes and infectious disease by Head of Diabetic Medicine and Endocrinology at UCT and Director of the Chronic Disease Initiative for Africa (CDIA), Prof Dinky Levitt; basal insulin and GLP1 agonists – the new answer for glycaemic control by President of the Consulting Physicians of South Africa, Dr Adri Kok; and whether hypoglycaemia is a real issue in insulin treated patients by Diabetologist, Prof Mak Omar.

“The forum offers all healthcare professionals a programme that is scientifically based whilst being practical, creative and entertaining. This is the ideal networking and learning platform for all CDE contracted doctors nationally, as well as other healthcare professionals involved in diabetes management,” concluded Prof Distiller.

More information about the forum can be found here.

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