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Insulin Promotion in Iloilo

To further understand the rational application and use of insulin among people with diabetes, Endure Medical, Inc. brought Dr. Michael Villa, chief of the Section of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at St. Luke’s Medical Center, to Iloilo.

Dr. Villa’s three separate lectures—one for patients with diabetes from major hospitals in Iloilo, another for resident physicians of St. Paul Hospital in Iloilo City, and the last one for consultants and residents from major Iloilo hospitals—all delved on the vital role of insulin in diabetes management.

The first event of the day was a lay forum dedicated for the better understanding of diabetes, its complications, and current treatment strategies. Held at the Ayala Hall of the Center for Professional Values and Development in Iloilo City, the forum’s participants included nurses and elderly citizens from the diabetic group of St. Paul’s Hospital, Iloilo Doctors Hospital, and the West Visayas State University Hospital, among others.

“What’s important to us is that if you are diabetic, your blood sugar should be controlled,” said Dr. Villa. He also emphasized that between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, though both are considered easy to treat among doctors, the latter poses a greater danger since severe hypoglycemia can cause coma. “It is therefore important that you always eat and not miss a meal and always check your blood sugar,” he advised.

The lay forum was immediately followed with a scientific session for residents and nurses of St. Paul’s Hospital. Receiving a warm welcome from Dr. Henry Gonzales, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and the medical staff, Dr. Villa proceeded with a presentation focused on the in-hospital management of hyperglycemic and critically-ill patients, especially in the outcomes of tight glycemic control. “Insulin as a treatment has been a protective factor against hyperglycemia and increased free-fatty acids,” said Dr. Villa. He added that these are just two factors that affect morbidity and mortality among patients, especially in the intensive care unit (ICU) and in the neurology ICU.

The last session of the day is dedicated for lectures among consultants and residents from major hospitals in Iloilo. This time, Dr. Francis Pasaporte, president of the Philippine Association of Diabetes Educators, joined Dr. Villa and centered on the role of insulin in outpatient management. Dr. Villa, on the other hand, focused on the effective use of different insulin types inside the hospital .

Endure Medical Inc. hopes that through these informative lectures on the vital role of insulin in diabetes and glycemic control, patients and doctors alike will be more aggressive and less hesitant to prescribe and advocate the use of insulin.

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