A modern lifestyle with bad eating habits and underweight increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This disease does not hurt but is chronic and causes many complications. It is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, renal failure, blindness and loss of limbs.
In order to accelerate the implementation of commitments
Diabetes is diagnosed only in 50% of people. Thanks to the 'Let's Reduce the Half' initiative, the Association of Diabetes Associations for Slovenia and the Society for Heart Disease in Slovenia wants to link all Slovenian governmental, non-governmental and professional authorities in order to fulfill their obligations under the national diabetes control program. And what half should be reduced? A study by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) found that only 50% of people with this disease are diagnosed with diabetes. Of these, only 50% are treated, of which only 50% achieve therapeutic goals, and only 50% achieve the desired results.
Alojz Rudolf, vice president of the Association of Diabetes Societies in Slovenia, indicates that there are over 425 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the world. By 2045, this number may increase to 629 million. In Slovenia, about 125,000 people have diabetes, and many of them do not yet know they have it. "We do not keep a patient record, although we've been warning about it for many years, the disease is not curable, so we can do the most, raising awareness that people will recognize their condition, or complications may occur."
She does not die for sugar
Diabetes is the main scourge of the modern, developed world and the most common chronic non-infectious disease that already accounts for almost 10% of the adult population and the number of patients is rapidly increasing. Two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes live in an urban environment and are economically active, between the ages of 20 and 64.
About 4.9 million people die each year due to diabetes, 60% of which is caused by cardiovascular disease and its complications. "Patients with diabetes most often do not die from sugar as such, but because of the complications that this disease causes." Type 2 diabetics die from a heart attack and often have complications with the blood vessels on their legs and everything that follows. we treat and heal, we can extend the life of such quality to such people "- emphasizes Prim. Matija Cevc, president of the Society of Health of the Circulatory System.
IDF published this year the results of a global study on the awareness of people with type 2 diabetes about the risk of cardiovascular disease. As many as 12,695 patients participated, the results show that scientists underestimate the risk of cardiovascular disease in their disease. One in four has never talked to a doctor about the factors behind this type of risk.
Recognize your risk
Dr. Aleš Skvarča, a diabetologist, specialist in internal medicine in the UOC in Ljubljana, explains that cardiovascular diseases in patients with diabetes occur up to 15 years earlier than in others. In his opinion, it is unacceptable that half of them do not know about their illness. "What's more, those who have a diagnosis confirmed by diabetes get sugar in their blood as something harmless," says Skvarca.
Some of them last up to nine or even 12 years before they learn that they have diabetes. But then the complications are obvious. The timely detection and timely treatment of the disease is of key importance. "In the first years of the disease we lose kilometers and finally catch significant millimeters," says Skvarca.
The World Wide Web offers a number of useful tools to identify the risk of type 2 diabetes. One of them is also the specificity of risk. If we know our own risk and check our health at the right time, we can avoid serious complications that may threaten our lives and improve the results of treatment, IDF recommends.