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UBS diagnoses diabetes and refers patients this Saturday to MS – Metro World News Brasil

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the town hall of Sao Paulo organizes this Saturday (28), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., an action to promote the health of people with diabetes mellitus, for the follow-up of citizens assisted by the Glycemic self-monitoring program (PAMG) and the active search for people with diabetes mellitus sickness. During Avança Saúde Diabetes, diagnosed patients will be referred for medical, nursing, pharmaceutical and nutritional care. The action will involve the 470 Basic Health Units (UBS) of the city of São Paulo.

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) that occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or to properly use the insulin produced (type 2) in the pancreas. Insulin is the hormone responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood. In addition to type 1 and type 2 diabetes, there is also gestational diabetes which, although not chronic, can lead to health complications for both mother and baby.

The disease is chronic and progresses silently, and can cause enormous damage to health when not treated properly, with increased risks in case of covid-19 infection, damage to eyes, kidneys, blood vessels, heart and nerves, among others.

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According to data from the monitoring of risk and protective factors for chronic diseases by telephone survey (Vigitel), from the Ministry of Health, in Brazil, the percentage of diabetics reached 9.14% in 2021. This index, collected at from more than 27,000 interviews across the country, represents an increase of 11.47% over 2020.

At least 90% of the incidence of the disease in the population is type 2, which often has preventable causes, such as lack of healthy eating habits, in addition to being sedentary and overweight. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 50% of people are unaware they have the disease.

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