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“Medicine for diabetes is used every day”, emphasizes Dr. Leticia Hernandez

Endocrinologists indicated that the prevalence of diabetes mellitus in Puerto Rico has risen to 20%.

Luisa Ochoa

January 10, 2023 | , Reading Time: 4 min

Doctor. Leticia Hernandez, president of the Puerto Rican Society of Endocrinology and Diabetology. Photomontage: Medicine and Public Health Magazine.

treatment follow up diabetes During the beginning of the year or on a holiday, this usually becomes a challenge as they are dates featuring many gatherings that revolve around sharing and tasting each region’s typical cuisine.

However, the situation diabetes Mellitus is chronic, therefore, it progresses and causes deterioration in other organs of the body if patients do not follow adequate treatment.

On this subject, the President of the Puerto Rican Society of Endocrinology and Diabetology, Dr. Leticia Hernandez stresses the importance of adhering to treatment diabetes To avoid further complications HealthEspecially on these dates.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires permanent monitoring

“Many people think that ‘I got myself under control’ or that ‘Today my glucose is fine and I don’t have to use my medicine’ and no, medicine is used every day. diabetes It’s to prevent our glucose levels from rising, it’s not to lower our levels that have already risen, because the damage is already done,” he explained.

specialist insisted on treatment diabetesWhich is not only made up of monitoring glucose levels, receiving insulin or using drugs prescribed by endocrinologists, but also lifestyle changes that include healthy eating and regular physical activity.

“Status of diabetes Type 2 Mellitus progresses and little by little we are losing the function of the pancreas because we are in this process of pre diabetes, already when we met diabetes We’ve lost 50% to 80% of that function of the pancreas and we lose about 9% every year if uncontrolled”, the endocrinologist warned.

Non-adherence to treatment for the condition and uncontrolled blood sugar levels can result in hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome, hypoglycemia, etc.

impact of diabetes on public health

A recent study cited by the expert estimated that the prevalence of diabetes In Puerto Rico it is 20%, a high percentage that has been rising steadily in recent years.

“According to the latest study, there is a prevalence of 20% diabetes, most people have diabetes Type 2 is a condition that can be prevented or delayed if we make lifestyle changes.

Notably, the Pan American Organization of Health confirmed that in the region of the Americas, with 30 to 40% of people diabetes They are uncontrolled and 50% to 70% of cases are not controlled.

Nutrition for diabetics during festivals

With regard to food, the expert explained that “you can eat everything, the important thing is that we can enjoy those Christmas dishes, but in moderation, so that it does not affect our control. diabetes,

It is important to mention that there is no specific diet for diabetes, Patients can consult a registered dietitian nutritionist for guidance on the main nutritional sources to include in their daily diet.

In this sense, general recommendations are based on prioritizing the consumption of fruits, lean proteins, vegetables and whole grains, as they are foods rich in fiber and low in fat and calories. It is also recommended to reduce the consumption of refined carbohydrates, saturated fats and sweets.

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