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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 24-25

Myths about type 1 diabetes: Awareness and education

Founder and Chairman, Consultant Diabetologist, Kanungo Institute of Diabetes Specialities; Founder of and Chief Consultant of Diabetology, Cuttack Diabetes Research Foundation, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

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Alok Kanungo
Kanungo Institute of Diabetes Specialities, 1120, Dumduma, Bhubaneswar - 751 019, Odisha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.155362

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Not all healthcare professionals (HCPs) are aware of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) and various myths still exist in the society and among HCPs. The medical challenge in treating T1DM is the confusion between T1DM and T2DM and its management, which is very common and is observed with both general practitioners and parents of children with diabetes. There are multiple medical and social myths associated with diabetes, especially T1DM, prevalent in society. Diabetes management requires support and collaboration from family, school and society, which is sometimes difficult, as they are more discouraging than positive. The launch of the Changing Diabetes in Children program in India has created a lot of awareness and is helping patients and their parents understand the disease.

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