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Diabetology

The Diabetes Unit at KEM Hospital is the first dedicated diabetes centre in Western India. We provide comprehensive diabetes care and work to treat, prevent and educate patients on living healthy lives with diabetes.

We empower our patients’ and their families, to be an active participant in their daily care and equip them to make informed decisions. Patient education is our strength and the underlying theme of education is control of blood glucose and other risk factors to prevent complications of diabetes.

 

Special Clinics and Camps

Foot Clinic

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of amputation of the legs worldwide. The primary goal of our foot clinic is to prevent and reduce the rate of foot amputations in people with diabetes. Every new patient is screened to rule out the possibility of nerve damage and circulation damage (vascular disease). Specialized tests include nerve testing by biothesiometry, Doppler test for circulation, Harris foot mat for foot pressure study and others.

We provide specialized care for patients with foot ulcers (secondary prevention), infections and problems with nerve and circulation damage through advanced technology including VAC therapy, ultrasonic debridement and surgical debridement.

Services Include:

  • Corn/Callus paring
  • Nail paring
  • Freshening of cracks
  • Draining superficial abscess    
  • Debridement
  • Advanced wound dressings
  • Deroofing of blisters
  • Plaster application

 

Type 1 Diabetes Clinic

We offer educational guidance, vocational training and counseling to patients with type 1 diabetes at a nominal cost or free, when necessary. In addition, we supply free insulin to poor patients and subsidised blood tests for several patients. A major part of our activities are directed towards psychological and social rehabilitation of the patients and their families. We conduct outdoor camps, get-togethers, parent meetings, competitions and trips as part of our clinic activities.

Our doctors and certified pump trainers have recently initiated an Insulin Pump Clinic, which offers detailed training on insulin pump for management of diabetes.

 

Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic

Our clinic provides specialized and personalized care for pregnant women with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Our goal is to help pregnant women with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels and lower the risk of diabetes related complications, both for the mother and the baby.

A diabetologist offers medical advice while our expert dieticians and educators offer extensive guidance on lifestyle management (diet and physical activity) and home monitoring of blood glucose. We also offer training on insulin pump for the blood sugar management of these women.

A weekly follow up is conducted where medical and nutritional management is reviewed. We coordinate with the obstetrician and offer assistance for blood sugar management during delivery. Additionally, we conduct post-delivery follow-up to reassess their diabetes status due to the high risk of developing diabetes in the future.

 

Clinical Trials

The Diabetes unit has been conducting clinical trials of antidiabetic medication and devices and contributing to medical science to find better ways to treat various diseases.

Clinical trials conducted: http://www.kemdiabetes.org/CT-new.html

Other research conducted: http://www.kemdiabetes.org/new_research.html

Our Doctors

Dr. Chittaranjan Yajnik
MD, FRCP,Director of Diabetes Unit

Dr. Shailaja Kale
MBBS, MD

Dr. Harshada Kudalkar
MBBS, MD

Dr. Gauri Damle
MBBS, MD

Dr. Sanjeev Bakshi
MBBS, MD, MRCP, MSE, MSE, CIDC

Dr. Kalpana Jog
MBBS, MD

Dr. Smita Dhadge
MBBS, MD