Medical misinformation is highly dangerous: Dr Mudit Sabharwal

Dr Mudit Sabharwal is the Director & Consultant Diabetologist at Dharma Diabetes & Metabolic Clinic and the Head of Medical Affairs at BeatO. As a researcher and principal investigator, he has worked on different diabetes studies and has published in various reputed journals. He is an internationally active medical professional and a fellow at Royal Society of Medicine, UK. He is associated with various national and international medical associations including Research Society of Study of Diabetes in India and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

It is the satisfaction that I get from treating my patients and the kind of respect I receive from them that keeps me going everyday.

When is a patient easy to treat?

It is always easy to treat those patients who accept their medical conditions and are aware about their problems.

When is a patient difficult to treat? 

It gets difficult when patients have a lack of acceptance regarding their medical conditions and do not cooperate during the course of their treatment.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

If a patient understands the problems and treatment requirements related to the medical condition then it becomes easy to treat the patient. Also, it helps developing a cordial relation between doctor and patient.

How can a patient improve his knowledge about the treatment procedure (apart from consulting the doctor, of course)?

There are several scientific resources available online and offline that can help a person to enhance the knowledge about a particular health condition.

How medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

Medical misinformation is highly dangerous. It is disheartening to see how people follow these quacks and create severe health problem for themselves. Therefore, it is advisable to always go for verified source of information.

A few advice that you always give to your patients (about staying healthy, about escaping misinformation etc.)

I always tell my patients that health is wealth. Eating a good balanced diet and exercising daily helps in maintaining good health and preventing various health disorders.

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