Diabetes and the skin conference
THE DERMATOLOGY Association of Jamaica (DAJ) is honoured to be invited by the University Diabetes Outreach Project (UDOP) to participate in the upcoming UDOP Diabetes and the skin conference to be held in April 2017. When most persons think of skin issues, they first think of acne and eczema, however, the skin is the largest organ of the body and often presents signs of major internal disease, including diabetes, kidney and liver disease. Not only is the skin one of the first areas that may manifest diabetes, but diabetes significantly affects the progress of many dermatologic conditions such as venous leg ulcers (sore foot), hair loss, and fungal nail disorders.
The DAJ has been providing quality academic education for its members since its inception. Our members have often been asked upon to give presentations at various academic conferences and public expos. Indeed in the past we have taken up public campaigns to high school students discussing the adverse effects of bleaching.
As the current president, the focus has been to reposition the role of the DAJ in the dissemination of dermatology-related information to both the general public and the medical fraternity. This is in keeping with the Alma Acta declaration by The World Health Organization in 1978 that the education of medical personnel in primary health care, as well as the education of allied professional and the general public is paramount for the provision of quality care to the general public in any country.
With diabetes having become one of the main disease burdens in most countries worldwide, in which one in two adults have undiagnosed diabetes, it is imperative that all major and subtle manifestations of diabetes be known by the general public and medical fraternity at large. This year’s World Diabetes Day may be focused on the eyes and screening for diabetic retinopathy. However, let’s not forgets the role of the integumentary system – the largest organ – skin, hair and nails.