Diabetes, the disease of XXI century

Written by: Dra. Pilar Martín Vaquero
Published: | Updated: 18/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Diabetes is an "in crescendo" disease, in such a way that it is considered the epidemic of the 21st century. According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 366 million people in the world have diabetes , and this figure is likely to double before the year 2030. The increase in the prevalence of obesity is undoubtedly contributing to increase the incidence of the disease.

The genetics one can not change it, but the weight that is reached, yes. Caring for weight is essential and many people will see how their parents were diabetic and they are not because they care for their diet and play sports. It has been demonstrated how the disease disappears when intervening diabetics very obese with bariatric surgery or when significant weight losses occur.

The diet low in fat (especially saturated, avoiding sauces and prioritizing the consumption of fish over meat and cheeses), rich in fiber (consuming vegetables and fruits daily, and several times a week legumes), and at the same time time not eat too much, are essential measures for a healthy diet.

New treatments for diabetes

Until recently, all anti-diabetic medications made patients gain weight, but in recent years drugs that facilitate weight loss and that do not produce glucose drops have emerged.. On the other hand, there are glucose sensors (holter that determine the glycemia every 5 minutes) that help in the understanding of the ups and downs of glucose and facilitate the adjustment of the treatment. There are also insulin pumps that improve metabolic control and holter coupled to them to read at all times the glycemia. Serious therapeutic advances are taking place, suggesting that diabetes will be a controllable disease in the near future .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Pilar Martín Vaquero
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

It is a reference in diabetes, obesity and thyroid disease, enfermadades to which is specially dedicated in his more than 28 years of experience as an endocrinologist. He has been Head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition at the Hospital Infanta Cristina (Madrid) and has published more than one hundred articles and more than 20 book chapters Endocrinology. She has taught at the Autonomous University of Madrid and was executive secretary of "Advances in Diabetology", official journal of the Spanish Diabetes Society for 6 years. He is currently the director of the medical journal "Diabetes Space" and medical director of the Center d-médical, Madrid.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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