Temos Conference topic: Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Martin - international medical diabetes care - a new way of diabetes treatment
The rate of chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension or lipid disorders has grown worldwide. Especially the numbers of persons affected by type 2 diabetes increased during the past years up to more than 10% of the adult population. These diseases are risk factor for cardiovascular disease as myocardial infarction and stroke. Type 2 diabetes furthermore can lead to blindness, kidney dysfunction or limb amputation due to diabetic foot syndrome. To avoid such complications it is important to monitor and treat cardiovascular risk factors as blood glucose, blood pressure and blood lipids continuously. Treatment options include pharmacological but also non-pharmacological interventions as lifestyle interventions. Unfortunately, worldwide there is a lack of strategies to manage cardiovascular risk factors. Because in most of the cases these diseases show up without any symptoms possible strategies must include diagnostical and motivational tools. The West German Centre of Diabetes and Health in Düsseldorf has developed a telemedical disease management programme (tDMP) for continuous monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular risk factors. This new form of medical consulting can be provided in close collaboration with physicians in health centres or hospitals internationally. These centres have to perform medical examinations in a predefined manner and all results are documented in electronically files. Patients receiving telemedical devices to monitor blood glucose, blood pressure, weight and physical activity. All data are transferred in an electronically portal. Based on this medical data Professor Dr. Stephan Martin and his team of cardiovascular medical experts in Düsseldorf suggest pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies. Patients are continuously monitored by telemedicine and receive individual motivational coaching.
Our speaker from Germany: Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Martin
Prof. Dr. med. Stephan Martin has studied human medicine at the universities Essen und Düsseldorf. After his postdoc fellowship at the Harvard Medical School in Boston he specialised in internal medicine, endocrinology and diabetology. His current position is the director of the West-German Centre of Diabetes and Health and chief physician for diabetology of the Catholic Hospital Group Düsseldorf. He has published more than 140 peer review papers in different fields of medicine. His current scientific interest is the development of new forms of medical care, including telemedicine, to prevent and treat chronic diseases with lifestyle interventions. He is a member of the council of experts of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). He received several scientific awards as the Frerichs-Prize of the German Association for Internal Medicine, the Ernst-Friedrich-Pfeiffer Prize of the German Diabetes Association and the Bennigsen-Foerder-Prize of the state North Rhine-Westphalia.
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