Key factors for the successful treatment of diabetes, apart from proper medication, are healthy eating and daily exercise.
This was particularly highlighted during the eighth annual conference of the Institute of Study, Research and Education for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases which was held at the University of Nicosia in collaboration with the medical school and the nursing and dietetics/nutrition programmes of the University of Nicosia.
Certified GPs from Greece, Israel and Cyprus discussed new developments regarding the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its complications, obesity, hypertension, bowel disease and nutrition issues.
A speech by Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou read by Rena Papapetrou pointed out that diabetes is a rapidly developing disease and has been a major global public health issue since the sufferers have exceeded 415 million. In Cyprus, according to an epidemiological study by head of the diabetes institute Doros Loizou and colleagues, conducted in 2004-06, the proportion of diabetics is 10.3 per cent of the total population, one of the highest in Europe.
Professor Nicos Kartakoullis, head of the council of the University of Nicosia referred to the founding of the medical school of the university, the first in Cyprus. Loizou talked about the increasing frequency, morbidity and mortality of metabolic diseases and their complications, prevention, early diagnosis and correct treatment.