On Saturday morning (10), a retired civil servant José Luciano went home to a routine walk on the edge of João Pessoa. On the way, he found a tent that was placed on the sidewalk of the Cabo Branco beach, stopped for a blood glucose test and was confused because of the results: it was changed, which is well above expectations. The service we offer there, in the middle of the street, warned Mr. José Luciano, so it's about looking for a treatment.
"I was surprised when I saw that Glucose 339, very dangerous, is normally below 100. Next Monday I will begin with the necessary tests and I will seek a doctor," he said.
On November 14th, World Diabetes Day is celebrated, and Paraiba (SES), State Secretary for Health, participated in an action in partnership with the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabology in Paraiba, Sociedade Paraibana de Cardiologia, the Paraíbe Diabetes Association and Unimed in memory mark with date. In a tent on the beach in Cabo Branco, healthcare workers and technicians of the SES met to offer a blood glucose test, blood pressure check and distribution of educational materials and guidelines for the population.
According to the medical endocrinologist and one of the organizers of the campaign, dr. Maria da Luz, is a prediction that in the future an exponential increase in the appearance and prevalence of diabetes. "We are here to make people aware of the risk of developing diabetes, the importance of treatment. In such activities, people who are not aware of the disease are usually aware of the disease because they are initially silent. Many people have altered levels of diabetes but do not have symptoms. Here we have experts who speak and warn these people about treatment in preventing chronic complications of the disease, "he explained.
According to the Head of the Nuclear Disease and non-communicable diseases SES, Gerlane Carvalho, the Secretariat supports such measures and activities with the aim of striving to prevent and promote health. "This is the moment when the SES is approaching the population to provide these services. People often do not have the time to go to a doctor or a healthcare facility in day-to-day operations," he said.
Like José Luciano, senior technician Estéfanny Dhesirée, he also left his routine physical activity to check blood glucose. The result was different. It is confirmed what she expected, glucose was satisfactory. "I'm always moving. Last week I went back to functional training, working a gym, taking care of the food. Some results are still not satisfactory, but at least my blood glucose level is very good," he said.
For the president of the Paraiba diabetic Society, Adriana Fernandes, the activities that took place this Saturday morning were important for the display and exchange of disease information. "What kills and what amputates the lack of information is a lack of self-confidence. Our role is to talk, to lead, to give an example of our own life, which is one of the strength of the association."
Assessment – there are approximately 214,685 people diagnosed in Paraíbi. This is equal to 5.3% of the population (Source: DataSUS).
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