Interdisciplinary collaboration in diabetes and hypertension management

According to Aerzteblatt.de, the Conference devoted to the joint discussion on the problems of diabetes and hypertension by the participants of the 11th Autumn congress of the German Diabetes Society (Deutschen Diabetes-Gesellschaft) and the participants of the 41st Scientific Congress of the German Hypertension League (Deutschen Hochdruckliga) will be held at the Congress Center of Rosengarten in Berlin on 10th – 11th of November. As these two diseases are closely related, the interdisciplinary cooperation should contribute to an effective action against these two pathologies.

Numerous activities will be devoted to the discussion of general aspects of diabetes, hypertension and kidney diseases, in particular, the problem of prevention and correlation between them. “These two diseases are closely interrelated and have much in common,” emphasizes Monica Keller, the chairman of the Conference. Both pathologies are so-called “silent killers”: they have a long asymptomatic period, resulting in a huge number of unregistered cases, causing internal injuries, they are important risk factors for the acute coronary syndrome or stroke development.

The specialists of both disciplines will also host a symposium in Mannheim. One of the key points of the discussion will be the difficult-to-control hypertension treatment. Valter Zidek, medical director at the Charité Clinic specializing in nephrology, endocrinology and transplantation medicine, points out that without an accurate diagnostic approach, patients can be treated constantly, spending a huge amount of resources and not achieving the desired result. Also, many diseases of the kidneys and endocrine system can develop due to the difficult-to-control hypertension, so an effective therapy of this disease is the cornerstone of modern medicine.

Concomitant diseases, such as, kidney failure, metabolic syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome make treatment management more challenging.

Regarding the abovementioned, the need for qualified specialists in the interdisciplinary centers and creating joint digital algorithms are very important issues.