November 14 is World Diabetes Day: Mendoza Government Press

In Argentina, according to the latest National Risk Factor Survey (2018), the prevalence is 12.7% and it is estimated that 50% of people living with diabetes are not diagnosed.

The Ministry of Health, Social Development and Sports adheres to World Diabetes Day. For this reason, various awareness-raising activities will be carried out, with educational venues to provide nutritional medical information about the disease and useful preventive and treatment advice. In addition, there will be training for Health personnel.

Diabetes is a prevalent disease, constantly growing and with a strong impact on morbidity and mortality. In Argentina, and according to the Fourth National Survey of Risk Factors (ENFR), 1 in 10 adults aged 18 years or older have high blood glucose or diabetes mellitus (DM), and there has been a 51% increase in the disease since 2005. It is estimated that there are around 9,000 deaths annually linked to diabetes and, out of every 10 people with DM, 4 are unaware of their situation.

The organized activities

On Wednesdays, November 1 and 8, talks were given for First Level Health Care teams on Updates on the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: iSGLT2, by doctors Rosa Ibarra and Hugo Ibáñez.

Yesterday, Monday the 13th, a talk was given for Health teams and the community about Prediabetes at the First Level of Care, by doctor Rosa Ibarra, in the Auditorium of the Health Directorate of the Municipality of Godoy Cruz.

Today, Tuesday the 14th, from 5 to 7 p.m., the United Walk for Diabetes will take place in Benegas Park in Godoy Cruz.

Among the activities are the installation of premises with the participation of associations of patients with diabetes. Those who attend will be able to do healthy activities. Risk detection will also be carried out, blood glucose will be measured (without pricking the patient) and information will be provided to encourage changing habits as a means of positive impact on quality of life. Zumba classes will also be taught. Regarding nutrition, there will be talks on healthy eating with nutritional advice for people with diabetes, and there will also be games and raffles.

On Friday the 17th, from 9 to 10, a talk will be given to the staff of the Directorate of Juvenile Criminal Responsibility (DRPJ, former COSE) on Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetes. Diabetes Education, led by specialists Rosa Ibarra and Natalia Sánchez. It will be at the SUM of the DRPJ, in Godoy Cruz.

On Tuesday the 28th, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be a presentation on Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus: healthy habits. Findrisc Questionnaire: 10-year risk detection of having type 2 diabetes mellitus. It will be led by specialists Rosa Ibarra and Natalia Sánchez, on the esplanade of the Casino de Mendoza.

World Diabetes Day (WDM)

It was established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to increasing concern about the growing health threat posed by the disease. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations day in 2006, with the adoption of United Nations Resolution 61/225.

It is celebrated each year on November 14, commemorating the anniversary of the birth of Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin together with Charles Best, in 1921.

The campaign is represented by the blue circle logo, which was adopted in 2007, following the adoption of the UN Diabetes Resolution. The blue circle is the global symbol of diabetes awareness. It represents the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic.

Educate to protect the future is the motto chosen for this year by the Argentine Diabetes Federation. Diabetological training and education is always the central axis, as it is the key tool so that people who live with the pathology can avoid or reduce future complications and enjoy a good quality of life.

What is the diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by increased levels of blood sugar (glycemia).

How is it detected?

Through fasting blood glucose analysis in venous blood.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

Diabetes can occur silently. Symptoms may include increased thirst, weight loss, increased appetite, increased urine output, and dry mouth.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain an adequate weight and avoid being overweight.
  • Add 30 minutes a day of continuous or accumulated physical activity.
  • No Smoking.
  • Incorporate healthy eating habits.
  • Go to the health center to carry out the control.

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