The Center for the Study of Diabetes Mellitus (NEDM) of the Portuguese Society of Internal Medicine (SPMI) today challenges Portuguese families to moderate their sugar intake. This action is part of World Diabetes Day, which this year has as a theme "Family and Diabetes".
"The challenge is to invite families to experience an experience of one day in which they do not consume sugary foods, such as cakes, pastries, cereals, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, among many others," explains Estevão Pape, coordinator of NEDM.
With this initiative, he added: "We hope to increase the awareness of the population interactively so that it adopts a healthier lifestyle to reduce the risk of diabetes, a disease that affects about three Portuguese adults."
According to João Araújo Correia, president of SPMI, "through these actions to raise awareness about the population, we have achieved not only improving the health of all of us, but also highlighting the role of the specialist in Internal Medicine in the hospital context and the promotion of public discussion. science related to the various health issues ".
Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels (glucemia), which causes blood vessels to deteriorate. Its consequences are diverse: the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, such as acute myocardial infarction or angina, renal or blindness.
According to the Observatory of Diabetes of Portugal, there are a million people with diabetes in the country and 500 thousand people who do not know that they have the disease. Already on the world stage, about 500 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, a number that is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.