Proper management is essential to prevent the complications of type 2 diabetes. Medical supervision is an integral part of therapy
It is often said in medicine. The sooner a pathology is recognized, the better on the prognosis front. This is particularly true for diseases that sometimes give no sign of their presence but, in the meantime, negatively affect the health of organs and systems "in silence".
What we are describing is the identikit of type 2 diabetes, which affects over 3 million diagnosed patients to which is added an overwhelmed of about one and a half million people with the disease without knowing it. In anticipation of World Disease Day on November 14, a campaign is launched to "reveal" the risks and contours of this form, which accounts for more than 90 percent of cases.
Because the body takes risks
Kidneys, eyes, nerves and…. heart, these are the organs most attacked by diabetes and the complications that this pathology favors. Heart failure, for example, is one of the earliest complications in people with type 2 diabetes, for which it represents the first cause of hospitalization in our country, unfortunately associated with a high mortality five years after diagnosis.
In addition, about 40 percent of diabetic patients develop kidney disease which is often in an advanced stage when it occurs. “These complications have a strong impact on the quality of life of patients – explains Paolo Di Bartolo, President of the Association of Diabetologists (AMD) – and prevention is a fundamental tool to combat them. Today's challenge, in fact, is not the cure of the full-blown disease but its proper management to promptly prevent complications in the many patients who have at least one risk factor, such as hypertension, smoking or dyslipidemia. Medical supervision therefore becomes an integral part of therapy and the collaboration of diabetic patients in requesting constant advice is extremely important ".
For this reason, experts point out how important it is not to hide your head in the sand, especially if you have a lifestyle marked by a sedentary lifestyle and excessive food consumption. While life expectancy is growing, so-called diseases of well-being are growing, which unfortunately show long-term chronic effects, with enormous health and care costs. Controlling diabetes is therefore a key public health goal. This is why it is important to keep blood sugar and glycated hemoglobin values within the norm and to report the presence of new symptoms, especially with a view to preserving the body from complications.
A week to raise awareness
To inform and educate patients and public opinion on the severity of this pathology and its important complications, Diabetes Week is born, 9-13 November, the awareness campaign aimed at people with type 2 diabetes which thanks to the toll-free number 800 042747 active from today, they will be able to book a free specialist information consultation.
The initiative promoted throughout the national territory by Diabete Italia Onlus with the patronage and involvement of the Italian Society of Diabetology (SID), the Association of Diabetes Doctors (AMD), the Italian Society of General Medicine and Primary Care (SIMG) and created in partnership with Astra Zeneca, it will come to life during the week from 9 to 13 November, close to World Diabetes Day on 14 November and will involve about 40 Italian centers.
"The project was born precisely from the need to respond to an important need for knowledge of many subjects with type 2 diabetes – comments Agostino Consoli, President-elect of the Italian Society of Diabetology (SID). Many people with diabetes are not fully aware of the severity of this disease, just as they are unaware of the major advances that have been made in managing it. The Diabetes Week communication campaign puts the patient's needs at the center and conveys an important educational message: diabetes is a chronic disease and it is essential that patients take their pathology to heart ”.
The initiative kicks off with the opening of the toll-free number 800 042747 at which people with type 2 diabetes, in fact, can book a free specialist information-educational consultation. The updated list of centers is available on the Diabetes Week website.