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Diabetes focus for Saudi speaker tour

Jeddah, May 8, 2014

Saudi medical experts are meeting over a speaker tour across the kingdom, sharing the best practices in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diabetes.

The tour featuring professional speakers, which recently took place in Jeddah and Khobar, will conclude in Riyadh by the end of May, and is being chaired in each city by a leading Saudi endocrinologist and hosted by LifeScan, part of the Johnson and Johnson family of companies.

LifeScan through its OneTouch brand and latest blood glucose monitor available in Saudi Arabia, SelectSimple, addressed the role of frequent and consistent self-monitoring of blood glucose levels (SMBG) in successful diabetes management.

The OneTouch SelectSimple blood glucose monitor has no buttons and its innovative design allows patients to read blood glucose levels with accuracy; its audio visual alert system notifies patients in 5 seconds if their blood glucose reading is high or low, a statement said.

The speaker tour is part of a wider range of initiatives organized by LifeScan—through its legal distributor in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Import Company—designed to support healthcare professionals in improving patient outcomes in the kingdom, helping them to avoid serious complications often associated with diabetes.

Among patients with diabetes, 50 per cent globally die of cardiovascular disease and sufferers are three times more likely to suffer from stroke than those who don’t suffer from diabetes.

According to the statement, with SMBG, diabetes patients can:

•    Make more suitable day-to-day choices in terms of diet and physical activity;

•    Recognize severe hypo or hyperglycemic episodes; and

•    Have more informed conversations with their health care provider, allowing patients to receive more customized treatment recommendations.

Mohamed Adel Hosni, head of Regulatory & Medical Affairs at LifeScan said: “For people living with diabetes in Saudi Arabia and their families, it’s vital they understand when their diabetes is well controlled; their quality of life will also improve.”

“We know that the patient plays a key role in managing their diabetes. This speaker tour is important as it provides a platform for healthcare professionals to discuss and learn about adherence, the importance of regular blood glucose monitoring and the role of patient education in improving adherence and how they can support their patients achieve this,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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