The World Diabetes Day is celebrated this Wednesday November 14th. In this context, the Center for the Study of Diabetes Mellitus (NEDM) of the Portuguese Association for Internal Medicine (SPMI) launches a challenge for the Portuguese population: "The challenge is to invite families to gain one-day experience not consuming food such as cakes, sweets, cereals, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and many others, "explains Stephen Pape, NEDM coordinator.
The aim is to make the population aware of the dangers of sugar in an interactive way, so that the Portuguese experience a healthier eating style, to reduce the risk of developing diabetes, a disease that affects, according to the Diabetes Observatory in Portugal. , 1 million Portuguese, of whom 500 thousand do not know that they have the disease. On the world stage, about 500 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, a number that is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.
According to João Araújo Correia, president of SPMI: "through these actions of awareness of the population we have not only succeeded in improving the health of all of us, but also in the role of the internal medicine specialist in the hospital context and in the promotion of public discussion and science with regard to the different themes of health ".
Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels and a deterioration in the blood vessels. The long-term consequences are diverse – a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, such as acute myocardial infarction or angina pectoris, kidney failure and blindness.