Pres­i­dent calls for more aware­ness and in­for­ma­tion on di­a­betes

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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