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Women are more vulnerable to chronic diseases

Mexico City. Inequalities in income, education and access to health services make poor people, indigenous people and women more vulnerable to suffering from chronic non-communicable diseases, conditions that account for around 80 per cent of all causes of death in the country. are responsible for. said Jorge Vargas-Meza, Doctor of Nutritional Health Sciences and researcher for the Food Health Campaign at El Poder del Consumidor.

In a press conference, she explained that women have a greater “societal disadvantage”, and that many lack the time for self-care. They suffer from high percentage of diabetes, kidney disease and obesity.

“Among adult women, kidney disease (47 percent) is more present in relation to men (8.5 percent) and diabetes; 53 percent of women have diabetes and 20 percent of men.

He noted that “chronic non-communicable diseases are one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in Mexico. About 70 percent of the country’s adult population is obese, about 50 percent have hypertension, 14 percent have diabetes, and About 15 percent have chronic kidney disease. Similarly, 56 percent of the adult population have metabolic syndrome, which refers to a set of cardiometabolic risk factors that include abdominal obesity, high blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as high blood pressure. Are included.

He pointed out that there is a lack of scope for timely prevention and care of diabetes and other related diseases in the above areas. In just one decade, between 2010 and 2020, the number of diabetes deaths among Indigenous communities increased by 139 percent. Southern regions of the country, particularly rural areas with the largest indigenous populations, have a higher prevalence of metabolic syndrome (58 percent) than the national figure (56 percent).

Similarly, the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero showed greater vulnerability to the presence of chronic diseases and 54 percent of the Mexican population has a basic level of education or less and 56 percent are located in the lower socioeconomic level and very low. This last aspect is associated with the ignorance of having diabetes as well as the high prevalence of hypertension and its poor control.

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