IDF Diabetes Complications Congress 2018 was the first in a new series of live educational events developed by the International Diabetes Federation to tackle the issues around diabetes complications. This event took place from 25 to 27 October at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India.
Diabetes currently affects 425 million adults, a total that is set to reach 629 million by 2045. When not appropriately managed, all types of diabetes can result in complications affecting many parts of the body, leading to frequent hospitalization and early death.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular disease, with one out of four diabetes inpatient costs a consequence of cardiovascular complications. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in working-age adults. The prevalence of end-stage renal disease is up to ten times higher in people with diabetes. Pregnant women with diabetes are at increased risk of maternal and foetal complications. Losing a limb is one of the most feared complications of diabetes and a major medical problem worldwide.
India, home to the second largest number of diabetes cases (73 million in 2017), is the ideal setting for IDF 2018. With over half of people currently living with diabetes in the country estimated to be undiagnosed, there is urgency to increase awareness and knowledge of diabetes and its associated complications among health professionals to promote screening and early diagnosis to improve health outcomes and help save lives.
IDF 2018 featured over 100 invited speakers from around the world; a dynamic programme, spread over seven streams, that provided participants with the latest research, treatments and tools to limit and treat diabetes complications; and a lively exhibition showcasing the latest advances in diabetes complications care and technology. The congress has been accredited with 15 European CME credits and 6 Indian CME.
Thank you for attending the IDF 2018 Congress and making it a great event. Together we shape a better future for people affected by diabetes.
|Prof Nam H Cho
President, International Diabetes Federation
|Dr Shaukat Sadikot
Chair, Organizing Committee
|Dr Ammar Ibrahim
Chair, Programme Committee
|Dr Banshi Saboo
Chair, National Advisory Committee