Know and understand diabetes – Observer


November 14 every year is organized by the International Diabetes Federation – IDF to raise awareness in communities around the world about diabetes and people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease with a worldwide prevalence of more than 500 million people, with an estimated prevalence in Portugal of more than one million people and perhaps more than 500 thousand people who are unaware of the situation.

In 2018 IDF and scientific organizations, such as patient associations, sought to make the Portuguese aware of the exponential problem that this chronic disease represented in the campaign under the motto "Family and diabetes."

Across the country, people with diabetes and health experts, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists are involved in various initiatives that raise awareness of the "real world" for diabetes and people who live together and live with them every day.

Involving the family of diabetics is the obligation of "family", so to speak, of all people who live and live with limitations and obligations and also with the way of life of a diabetics, often complex, but also with their achievements in the day and liking and their grief.

Portuguese awareness of the reality of the "disease situation" is very important for changing attitudes in everyday life, so the core of the diabetes Mellitus study of the Portuguese Internal Medicine Society challenges the Portuguese to lead healthy and, especially on World Diabetes Day, to experiment with consumption moderation sugar and sweet products.

Ideal will undoubtedly be an experience of "for one day becoming diabetic" and doing the daily life of people with diabetes and their families.

Living with diabetes is sometimes not easy, but maybe with involvement in therapy, whether it's education for self-control, or the reality of taking some drugs and complexes from insulin to various oral medications, as well as difficult daily self.

The reality of diabetes changes every day, that is, there is no same day and we must also have this awareness – of all – for a real increase in the health of the population as a whole.

Just waiting for health professionals to get involved a little, we all need to be involved.

Science and medicine are growing in knowledge throughout the world, but certainly not enough to know more and better, and the discovery of new drugs and forms of supervision are not enough.

and the role of institutions dedicated to diabetes studies, so the Portuguese Internal Medicine Society and the core of the diabetes mellitus study are involved in various actions to raise awareness about future prevention. , both in the hospital and in the promotion of public discussion about the reality of the consultations they have carried out across the country.

Being aware of guardianship is also our duty – all professionals, but basically people who have diabetes and their families.

The organization of the national diabetes control program is pressing and stagnant, and we are all "on guard": preventing today is no problem tomorrow.

Sensitizing the Portuguese against the experience of being "diabetic someday" or doing "one day without sugar or sugar" will definitely contribute to life with fewer diseases in the future, especially preventing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Continuous training for education and training activities for all Portuguese languages ​​will certainly contribute to more and better health and more and better National Health Services.

NEDM-core coordinator of the diabetes mellitus study of the Portuguese Internal Medicine Society


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