Medical misinformation may kill you: Dr Ishita Sachdev

Dr Ishita Sachdev is a medical professional with expertise in diabetes and thyroid management, as well as a passion for promoting wellbeing. With a decade of experience in various fields of medicine and surgery, and a focus on diabetes for the past five years, she has worked in renowned hospitals such as Breach Candy, Lilavati, and Hinduja. She holds an MBBS degree and a specialization in Diabetology.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

What I love most about treating patients is witnessing their positive progress. It’s a fulfilling experience when patients return feeling healthier and happier, with good reports to show for it. Seeing their improved physical and emotional wellbeing makes all the hard work and dedication worthwhile.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

Patients are easy to treat when they are open to listening and accepting the need for medication as well as lifestyle modifications such as managing their diet, sleep, stress levels, and exercise routines.

When is a patient difficult to treat?

Treating patients can be challenging when they refuse to take necessary medication or follow medical advice. For instance, patients who refuse insulin despite uncontrolled blood sugar levels, or those who stop medication due to myths around diabetes reversal through lifestyle changes can be difficult to treat.

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

Patients having knowledge about their health condition and treatment procedure is very helpful. If they have the basic understanding of their condition, it will be easier for them to accept and understand the value of maintaining diet, stress levels, sleep and mental well-being as much as the importance of their medication.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure? 

Referring to authentic sources of medical information can be helpful to gain knowledge about one’s health condition and treatment procedure. However, trusting the doctor and discussing the information they gathered is equally important.

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

Medical misinformation is extremely dangerous. For instance, in the cases of diabetes, if a patient stops the medication on the basis of misinformation from the internet or some person, the blood sugar levels can rise dangerously. And elevated blood sugar can cause irreversible damage to each and every cell in the body predisposing to a host of other complications. High blood pressure can damage the kidney and even lead to a stroke.

A few advice that you always give to your patients…

Always refer to authentic sources of information, especially when it comes to your health. Talk to your doctors and other medical professionals. Also, maintain a lifestyle that is healthy and makes you happy and most importantly is sustainable.

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