August 20, 2018, 10:03Havana, August 20 (Prensa Latina) More than a million people live with diabetes in Cuba, but only 700,000 are registered, experts from the island warn, according to an article published today in the newspaper Granma.
According to the text, diabetes is the eighth cause of death in this country, with an index of 20 deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants. More than 55 percent of the deceased, younger than 75 years, does this too early and does not achieve the average life expectancy.
Considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a chronic disease that occurs when the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels) or does not use it correctly, this condition is associated with serious consequences.
Among them: blindness, chronic kidney failure, amputations and sexual dysfunctions.
Studies conducted on the largest island of the Antilles indicate that the main risk factor for their presence is sedentary lifestyle and obesity.
The III National Survey on Risk Factors, conducted in 2010, indicates that more than 40.4 percent of the population aged 15 years and older does not perform enough physical activity and obesity in its overall form represents 43.8%. , with unhealthy eating habits under his conditioning.
The information media recognize that there is treatment as soon as the disease manifests itself, but there are no drugs available to prevent progression.
For many specialists, the biggest challenge is that people know in time whether they have this disease or are at risk of suffering, and more importantly, what to do if they are living with diabetes.
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