Diabetes should not be “normal” in Mexican society. And is that because of its prevalence in the population, it is a condition that affects 13 percent of the inhabitants and has become the third cause of death in the country.
A condition that society has normalized
Considering the above, it is common for people to have a relative, friend, and even themselves, who suffers from diabetes, so being born as a Mexican is seen as “destiny”. Gotta admit: nothing is further from reality.
This was discussed by the directors of the Dean of Health Sciences of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) during the conference “Diabetes Mellitus, an ecosystem approach” held at the Medical Expo Guadalajara 2023.
The dialogue table was constituted by Dr. Alphonso Peterson Farah, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences; Director of the School of Medicine, Dr. Beatriz Tinoco; Director of Nutrition Programs, M.T.R.A. Monserrat Rodríguez Leon; Director of Psychology Programs, MTRA. Claudia Berenice Vera Amaro; Director of Master’s Degree in Occupational Health, MTRO. Alfonso Ramiro Sanchez; Dr. Olga Marisela Sánchez Hernández, Director of the Dental Surgeon Program; Director of Nursing Programs, MTRA. Virginia Ortiz Arona; and Dr. Juan Soto Rendon, Director of the Therapy Program from UAG.
In the panel, the academics also explained that the Mexican population has come to terms with the idea of living with the disease or letting it “happen” and not taking care of itself, which brings a series of difficulties such as:
- Gingivitis and tooth loss.
- Chronic-degenerative diseases (cardiovascular, hypertension and others).
- chronic renal failure.
- loss of a limb.
- Mental health degeneration.
- degeneration of the soul.
In the panel, experts indicated that diabetes is associated with loss of quality of life and may even lead to death.
Outlook after the pandemic
He said the number of patients with diabetes and its severity could worsen with the pandemic, as health systems during the contingency focused more on treating Covid-19 and left out other diseases such as diabetes.
“It is estimated that 20% of people with diabetes have it poorly controlled, the rest go more or less well. Patients with diabetes who are controlled during this period (during the epidemic) skip going to the doctor gives, if it was controlled, and has not come back, which means it will have an impact on the health of the people and the system itself in the future. This already implies a complex challenge and requires a lot of attention from all the medical personnel involved. Will be complicated for”, said the Academic Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences.
In turn, experts identified risk factors and explained that prevention should be done before symptoms appear; And it is that the future of medicine is prevention, thanks to technology that every day becomes more intuitive, collects more information and becomes more functional.
The aim should be primary prevention (preventing the disease and its complications), he explained, but all this should be done in a health ecosystem in which different disciplines converge to care for patients. This is because it is believed that each branch of health are separate entities that should work on the individual individually and this is not the case, he said.
“A person’s health should not be treated in isolation, it is a whole. It is about taking care of the mind, healing the body and protecting the body. For this reason, at UAG we believe that these disciplines An interrelationship should be fostered between education and training with values in which students learn to be who they are and be part of a whole that benefits society.
During the Medical Expo, UAG also participated with a stand and academics also participated in other exhibitions for three days dedicated to other topics such as: “Biological relationship between diabetes and periodontal infection”; “The impact of chronic complications on the quality of life of a diabetic patient”; “Prevention and Advanced Management of Diabetic Foot Complications”; “Apparatus for measuring glucose”; “Humane Care of the Diabetic Patient”.