-How important is your appointment?
– It’s a matter of pride. Córdoba is the most important chapter of the organization and it is the second time that it will be presided over by a doctor from the interior of the province. The commitment we make includes continuing to develop academic and training work. Furthermore, we are committed to providing our patients with accurate and fair information. Also, in recent years we have approached various government agencies such as Epros and PAMI to cooperate with the implementation of the treatment. We also fight for compliance with diabetes legislation.
Are there more diabetes patients today?
-damn is true. The number of diabetic patients in the world is increasing rapidly. It is a global pandemic. It goes hand in hand with obesity. It grows in the world and so it grows with diabetes. Diabetes has genetic factors and environmental factors. People who have a genetic predisposition to develop diabetes may become ill in the presence of environmental factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, and stress. I’m specifically referring to type 2 diabetes, which occurs most often and primarily in overweight adults. However, we now also see overweight teenagers with type 2 diabetes. Also, there has been an increase in type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents who require insulin, but it has not been as rapid as the others.
Can diabetes be avoided?
The fact that a person has a genetic predisposition does not mean that he will necessarily have diabetes. When someone is diagnosed with diabetes and tests positive, the problem started 5 years before that time. This means that if a person has a predisposition to diabetes, when they are diagnosed with prediabetes or altered fasting blood sugar, they can reverse it and, in some cases, never develop diabetes. . Even if it doesn’t, you can prevent diabetes from starting in 5 years, but in 20.
Has medicine and treatment improved?
-They have improved a lot, although there is still no cure. Yes, there are drugs that delay the onset of type 1 diabetes that were recently approved in the United States and have not yet arrived in Argentina. Similarly, there are medications for type 2 diabetes that help reduce weight and control the disease, but most of all, help reduce cardiovascular risk. In the last 10 years, new drugs have emerged that help in reducing weight and preventing cardiovascular events, apart from controlling diabetes.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that Dr. Rodrigo Carneiro is head of the Endocrinology and Diabetes Service of the Rio Cuarto Medical Institute.