New Delhi, June 6: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued guidelines for the management of Type 1 diabetes on Monday.
"The ICMR guidelines come at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected people with diabetes population, exposing them to a high risk for severe illness and mortality," informed the ICMR in a statement. The guidelines include a vast umbrella of topics, including epidemiology and diagnosis and guide for differential diagnosis, drugs -insulin and others, monitoring of metabolic control, etc.
The concept and compilation of the guidelines has been done by prominent researchers and doctors, including Dr Nikhil Tandon (HOD of Endocrinology & Metabolism, AIIMS, New Delhi), Dr V Mohan (Director, MDRF, Chennai), Dr R S Dhaliwal (Head, Division of Non-Communicable Diseases, ICMR Hqrs).
It is for the first time that the ICMR has released guidelines for Type 1 diabetes as it had been only releasing guidelines for Type 2 diabetes till date.
Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin by itself. The most common is Type 2 diabetes, usually in adults, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn't make enough insulin. In the past three decades, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically in countries of all income levels.