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Diabetology Training Philippines

Diabetology is a specialized field of endocrinology that specifically focuses on the diagnosis, treatment management and even research of diabetes mellitus. Because of the continuing growth of diabetic cases around the globe, which is gradually becoming a silent killer, a clinical science was created in order to focus on the disease. It is believed that 100 million people is plagued with this disease and another 100 million more remained undiagnosed.

At the moment, Diabetology is still not recognized as medical specialty that is why there exists no formal training programs on Diabetology that provides special certification. Most diabetologists are practicing endocrinologists who tend to have expertise or special study and attention on diabetes.
In the Philippines, one institution that provides formal training in diabetology is the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation (ISDF). ISDF was founded in 1989 and provides diabetology training as a post graduate course of the medicine (i.e. Master of Science in Internal Medicine, major in Diabetology) in the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMC). It has been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as the school for diabetes.

Similarly For nurses, the Association of Diabetes Nurse Educators of the Philippines (ADNEP) is a duly- accredited Continuing Professional Education provider that provide Diabetes Education Training for Nurses, Nutritionist-Dietitians and other Health Professionals. ADNEP is located at the ISDFI Building
571 Apitong Street Marikina Heights, Marikina City with telephone number (02) 942-0313.

The University of Perpetual Help also has a Diabetes Educational Center that provides training for Diabetes self management. This center does not actually teach diabetology but caters diabetic patients and all other people skills necessary for diabetes self-management. The intensive Diabetes Course covers a comprehensive study on how to manage diabetes including nutrition, weight reduction, Ostuerized feeding preparation, self-monitoring of blood glucose, Insulin Injection techniques, and diabetes in Pregnancy. The center also provides dietary counseling services to individual patients.

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