Salud a Todo Twitch shared about diabetes this Wednesday. The program, directed by Joan Carles March, has placed education and prevention as two fundamental conditions for living with this chronic disease. Professionals and patients contribute their experiences and generate interesting debate about aspects such as the contribution of technology or current needs to improve care for people with diabetes and facilitate greater autonomy.
direct one, emitted in youtube Facebook and Twitch, has begun with the presence of Fabiola Rey, the instructor of the school for the patients; Mauricio Dueñas, trainer of the School for Patients and former President of the Diabetes Association of Huelva and Vice President of FADA; Fernando Gálvez, a diabetic who has taken part in the #8cimas challenge, and Oscar López de Briñas, ‘The Sugary Jedi’. Advances in the knowledge of diabetes over the years have led to the onset.
Technology and information are two key elements for patient “empowerment”. Sport also plays an important role, as in the case of Fernando Gálvez, whose connection with the mountains is important. All participants have contributed their experiences and described what their “debut” with diabetes was like, a moment that was preceded by training and self-knowledge. The passage of time teaches that the disease does not always produce the same results with the same components, as factors such as stress affect it. Mauricio Dueñas recalled that “there are as many people with diabetes as there are people”, so each person should approach their prescription “with optimism”.
The participants of the second block have been psychologist Iñaki Llorente, María Asuncion Martínez Brocka, endocrinologist and director of the Andalusian Diabetes Plan; Alfonso López Alba, endocrinologist and former editor-in-chief of the Spanish Diabetes Society’s Diabetes magazine, former director of communications for the Spanish Diabetes Society and member of the Diabetes Advisory Committee of the Principality of Asturias; Fernando Álvarez Guisasola, family doctor and member of the CEMFIC Diabetes Group, and Javier Andres, Semergen Andalucia family doctor. Attendees added perspectives from health professionals. One of the ideas most stressed is that one must be aware that “you can’t control everything.” Iñaki Llorente stresses the need for commitment to premises that generate expectations of “you will do well”.
A “revolution” through new tools
Alfonso López highlights the number of Spaniards who suffer from diabetes and relates this to costs that are “avoidable”. Endocrinologists delve into the “meteorism” that the pandemic has had for public health, which has lost “that constant surveillance” that is so important. Next, he talked about new drugs that open up a new world of possibilities, and new control systems, which he described as a “revolution”. The professionals have gone on to organize an interesting debate in which technology has been the protagonist.
The third segment includes Marisa Amaya and Emilia Rosa Camacho, nurses who work in the field of diabetes education; Cristóbal Morales, endocrinologist, member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Macarena Hospital Area, member of the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity, the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEDO) and the Spanish Diabetes Society and the Andalusian Society of Endocrinology. Diabetes and Nutrition (SAEDYN); Carmen Fernandez, a physiotherapist at Care Los Alcors, nutritionist Carla Meneses and Dani Hans, a diabetic patient, an athlete and a nutritionist.
Educate in Prevention
Training has assumed a greater role in this area of the programme. Marisa Amaya has asked for “time and space” to educate patients on prevention. Current trends in columns such as food have taken part of the debate between the participants, who have provided various advice, such as small details of how to ask questions to resolve even the most trivial doubts. Cristóbal Morales has reiterated the importance of investing in prevention.
Salud a Todo Twitch has finalized its program last January with the President of the Federation of Diabetic Associations of Andalusia (FADA), Francisco Pérez; Juan Francisco Perán, president of the Spanish Diabetes Federation (FEDE), and Antonio Salinas, head of the Granada Diabetes Association. All three zones are able to provide CARLES with an analysis of the situation at the regional and provincial level.
Francisco Pérez has criticized that “Type 2 patients are dying because of the lack of treatment.” The president of FADA has highlighted the rise in amputations, a fact that is more than negative. Antonio Salinas, the recently elected president of the Granada Association, has commented on some of the stakes of the new directive. One of them is training, which will come through initiatives like camps. He said, “Without organizations, there is no strength.” This is one of the classic premises of Joan Carles, who always maintains that “you have to determine the associations”.