THE QUIRONSALUD hospitals in Torreviejia and Murcia will be conducting free testing for diabetes next Monday May 29, between the times of 09.00h and 11.00h to coincide with World Nutrition Day, which falls on Sunday.
Obesity, physical inactivity and poor nutrition increase the number of obese and diabetic people every year.
People are unaware of the fatal consequences of this chronic disease as diabetes is a condition that is triggered when the body does not produce enough insulin or does not use it effectively.
There are several types: Type 1 diabetes is the most common childhood disease. The pancreas does not produce insulin, so an excess of blood sugar is created, which makes it necessary to provide the body with injected insulin.
According to Oscar Boullosa, coordinator of the Diabetes Unit of the Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja, “type 2 diabetes is the most common, 90% of diabetic patients suffer with this type, they are generally over 40 years old, and their body does not produce enough insulin to take advantage of glucose or are resistant to it. These individuals require a balanced diet and exercise.”
This multidisciplinary unit monitors all reviews of diabetic patients annually ensuring disease control.
In Spain, about 26,000 children under the age of 15 suffer from type 1 diabetes, 13% of all diabetics. More than 5,500,000 people are estimated to suffer with type 2, of whom 43% are undiagnosed, that is, they do not know they have the disease. Figures that are increasing and indicate that in 20 years could be increased by up to 55%.
One in six adults are obese and one in four children are overweight, an excellent breeding ground for the illness. Diabetes can be cured and the data is clear: more than 70% of obese patients undergoing bariatric or metabolic surgery cease to become diabetic.
“The effectiveness is immediate in patients with type 2 diabetes, who usually stop using insulin and medication in the weeks following the intervention,” explains Dr. Juan Luján, head of service and head of the Unit for Obesity and General Surgery and Digestive System of Hospital Quirónsalud Murcia.
Those interested in attending the Hospital Quirónsalud Murcia can request information by phone 968 011 197 or email [email protected] or through the web http://www.quironsalud.es/hospital-murcia
Those who wish to do so at the Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja can obtain all the information by phone 966 925 770 or by email [email protected] or through the web http://www.quironsalud.es/torrevieja/es
To perform the test it is necessary to be nil by mouth from the night before.