International CME meet to commence from tomorrow

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Hyderabad, Oct 11 (UNI) The 10th Annual International Continuing Medical Education (CME) on Obesity, Heart, Hypertension Diabetes and Lipids (PHDDL) conference will be held here from October 12 to 14.

Addressing a press conference here today the Programme Co-ordinator P Naveen Chander Reddy said about 500 delegates comprising Doctors, Post Graduate students and representatives of government bodies were expected to participate in the meet.

He said several internationally reputed expert doctors on these life-style diseases from University of Pittsburgh, University Texas Health Sciences, Homerton University Hospital and former President of American Society of Hypertension, New Orleans in United States would also take part in the conference.

He said India had the largest and fastest growing diabetic population in the world. There were 33 million diabetics and over the past three decades the number had increased ten times.

As per the diabetic census of India in 1995, nearly 19.4 million people were suffering from the disease and the project for 2025 was 75 to 80 million.

He said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had projected that by 2020 India would be the diabetes capital of the world. The WHO had alerted that in the coming days, hypertension would spread like an epidemic if it was not controlled now.

He said the objective of the meet was to develop public and physicians awareness on focused diseases. Factors like rapid urbanisation, sedentary life-style, changed diet patters, change in life-style and lack of physical activity led to more complications.

He said CME, an initiative of city-based Mediciti Hospital, will organis a three-day meet.

Dr John Farmer, Chief Cardiology Clinics Ben Taub Hospitals, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and Dr Addison Taylor, Director, Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Baylor College of Medicine Houston, Texas-USA said the obesity ratio in the US was more than ten per cent.

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