Knowing and understanding diabetes – Observer


November 14 is annually hosted by the International Diabetes Federation – IDF to raise awareness in the community 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 probably more than 500 thousand who are but not aware of its situation.

In 2018 IDF and scientific organizations, such as patient associations, seek to sensitize the Portuguese to the exponential problem that this chronic disease represents in a campaign under the motto "The family and the diabetes".

Across the country, people with diabetes and health professionals, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists are involved in numerous initiatives that raise awareness of the "real world" for diabetes and the people who live with and live with them daily.

Involving the family of people with diabetes is a "family" obligation, so to speak, of all those who live and live with the limitations and obligations and also with the way of living of a diabetic, often complex, but also with the their achievements in day to day and also in their joys and sorrows.

The awareness of the Portuguese population to the reality of the "disease situation" is extremely important for the change of attitudes in daily life, so the core of studies of diabetes Mellitus of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine challenges the Portuguese to lead a healthy and , especially on World Diabetes Day, to experiment with moderating the consumption of sugar and sugary products.

Ideal will undoubtedly be the experience of "for a day being diabetic" and carry out the daily life of the person with diabetes and his family.

Living with diabetes is sometimes not easy, but it is possible with involvement in therapy, be it education for self-control, or the reality of taking multiple and complex drugs from insulin to various oral medications, as well as daily self- difficult .

The reality of diabetes disease changes every day, that is, there are no equal days and this awareness must also have ours – of all – to a real improvement of the health of the population as a whole.

Waiting for only health professionals to get involved is little, we all have to get involved.

Science and medicine grow in knowledge all over the world, but it is certainly not enough to know more and better, and the discovery of new drugs and forms of surveillance is not enough.

as well as the role of institutions dedicated to the study of diabetes, so that the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine and its core of studies of diabetes mellitus are involved in numerous actions to raise awareness about prevention of the future , both in the hospital and in the promotion of the public discussion of the reality of the consultations they carry out in the whole country.

Sensitizing guardianship is also our obligation – of all professionals, but essentially of people who have diabetes and their families.

The organization of the national diabetes control program is pressing and stagnant, and we are all "alert": to prevent today is to have no problems tomorrow.

Sensitizing the Portuguese to the experience of being "diabetic someday" or performing "a day without sugar or sugar" will certainly contribute to a life with less disease in the future, especially preventing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The continuous training of educational and training activities for all Portuguese will certainly contribute to more and better health and more and better National Health Service.

Coordinator of the NEDM-core of diabetes mellitus studies of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine


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