Indian doctors question new global norms for diabetes

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Indian doctors question new global norms for diabetes

  Tue Mar 20, 2018 21:27        Kuwait

A new set of global guidelines on managing diabetes that aim to replace those followed for over three decades, has stirred up a controversy within the medical community. Medical practitioners here in India feel the guidelines which recommend relaxing blood sugar targets will, not only lead to serious complications in diabetics, but also confusion in treatment protocol, advising that these should be ignored for Indians.

There were over 72 million cases of diabetes in India in 2017, according to International Diabetes Federation. The controversial guidelines relate to relaxing the long-term blood sugar target, hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c), which through a blood test gives an estimate of a person’s blood sugar level average over the past few months.



   Indian doctors question new global norms for diabetes