World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2011

In the diabetes conference held this year in San Diego, California, the walls were flooded with posters reading ‘Stop Diabetes’. This phrase refers to the need to put a stop to this disease, not preventing it in those who suffer it, and successfully treated seriously when it appears.

In the U.S. case, we know that by 2050 one in three people will have diabetes. Therefore, following the guidelines of the International Diabetes Federation that characterized this disease as ‘the epidemic of XXI century “, the specialists take advantage of the Day (Monday November 14) to convey a clear message: ‘Take control of the diabetes’.

“We need to raise public awareness of the disease carrier on the risks they are exposed if not controlled. This means taking an active role, because although doctors can guide the patient, prescribe medications and explain, when there is no knowledge about the importance of self-care, treatment failure,” said Dr. Peter Wolf, head of Diabetes and Nutrition Service of the Austral University Hospital (HUA).

Therefore, on Monday 14 it will be held in the HUA a Diabetes Education Day, for the community. “We will try a variety of topics related to the disease, from definitions of type 1 and type 2 to diet and treatments”, said Maria Cecilia Preiti, Medical Service.

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