In the morning on Saturday (10), retired official José Luciano left home to give his routine walk on the edge of João Pessoa. On the way he found a tent mounted on the sidewalk of Cabo Branco beach, stopped taking the blood sugar test and became wrinkled by the result: it changed, well over expected. The service offered there, in the middle of the street, warned Mr. José Luciano so he is looking for treatment.
"I was surprised when I saw that glucose was 339, it's very dangerous, the normal is below 100. Next Monday, I'll start taking the necessary tests and looking for a doctor," he said.
On November 14, World Diabetes Day is celebrated and this Saturday (10), the State Secretary for Paraiba's Health (SES) participated in an action in collaboration with the Brazilian Society Endocrinology and Metabology in Paraíba, Sociedade Paraibana de Cardiologia, the Association of Diabetics of Paraíba and Unimed in a memorial to the date. In a tent on the beach in Cabo Branco, healthcare professionals and technicians from SES met with blood glucose tests, blood pressure control and distribution of educational materials and guidelines for the population.
According to the medical endocrinologist, and one of the organizers of the measure, Dr. Maria da Luz is the prediction that in the future it will be an exponential increase in the appearance and appearance of diabetes. "We are here to make people aware of the risk of developing diabetes, the importance of treatment. It is common for people of this type to find people who are not aware of the disease because it is a silent disease first. Many people have the changed level of diabetes, but do not have the symptoms. Here we have professionals who speak and warn these people about treatment in the prevention of chronic complications of the disease, "he explained.
According to the head of the SES core, Gerlane Carvalho, the secretariat supports actions and activities of this kind with the aim of working to prevent and promote health. "This is a moment when SES approaches the population to perform these services. Often it's not time to go to a doctor or health care," he says.
Like José Luciano, senior technician Estéfanny Dhesirée, he also left his routine physical activity to control blood sugar. However, the result was different. She confirmed what she expected, glucose was satisfactory. "I'm always moving. I returned to functional training last week, I'm doing gym, I take care of food. Some results are still not satisfactory, but at least my blood sugar level is very good," he says.
For the president of the Diabetes Association of Paraíba, Adriana Fernandes, the activities that took place this Saturday morning are important to provide visibility and share information about the disease. "What kills and what is amputating is the lack of information, it is the lack of self-care. Our role here is to talk, guide, to give an example of our own life, which is one of the forces in the association."
Estimate – In Paraíba, 214,685 people with diabetes are estimated. This corresponds to 5.3% of the population (Source: DataSUS).
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