President calls for more awareness and information on diabetes
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca yesterday closed a conference commemorating World Diabetes Day at the French Embassy by calling for increased awareness and information on the condition.
The President pointed to recent reports published by the International Federation of Diabetes (IDF), which showed that this condition is affecting 8.5 per cent of the European adult population and is expected to continue to increase in the coming years. This report also shows that 10 per cent of the adult population in Malta continues to suffer from this condition
Therefore, it is necessary to continue the work that has been done to strengthen awareness of diabetes condition, on prevention, where it could be, and its management, the President said
The theme chosen for this year on the occasion of the World Day against Diabetes is Eyes on Diabetes, with the aim to provide focus on the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and timely-treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
“Another important change in the treatment of this condition is undoubtedly the introduction of two new drugs, which are given free of charge to anyone who needs them. These positive measures will continue to strengthen and ensure treatment and management in a holistic condition,” The President said.
The President noted the correlation between diabetes and obesity, a particular problem in Malta. She said it is essential that ‘we make sure that everyone has effective access to healthy food’.
She also urged authorities to continue to develop and implement action plans against diabetes for Maltese communities.