The Spanish Diabetes Society (SED), the SED Foundation (FSED) and the Spanish Diabetes Federation (FEDE) have claimed this Friday in a press conference greater visibility for diabetes because “the treatment is not solved and the one there is not it is adequate ” , at the same time that they have demanded a diabetes education for patients.
These statements have been made within the framework of the presentation of the activities that will take place on November 13 and 14 in Castellón , on the occasion of the celebration of World Diabetes Day (November 14). In Spain, there are currently six million people with diabetes
Among the activities, the president of FSED, Sonia Gaztambide, highlighted the opening conference, which will be given by Dr. Gomis, the talk on the birthday of insulin (100 years) and two round tables that will be directed one for the patients of Type 1 diabetes and the other for type 2 diabetes. These activities will take place on Sunday, November 14, but on this occasion, this edition will have activities aimed at children and adolescents on Saturday, November 13, to try to understand and normalize the disease.
The objective of the organizations with this conference is to “put diabetes on the map” to publicize the problem of the disease and try to provide solutions. “It is thought that as we have insulin and some drugs, the treatment has already been solved and we must not pay attention to the pathology. But this is false because there is no adequate treatment,” Gaztambide lamented.
One of the aspects that Gaztambide, and also the president of the SED, Antonio Pérez, has criticized is the disparity of care offered to diabetic patients in the autonomous communities. “It depends on where you live, you can get a center with more resources or another that does not have so many resources,” said the president of FSED.
For his part, Antonio Pérez has insisted that the pandemic has shown “the deficiencies of the Spanish health system” which, in his opinion, has two aspects in which it should improve, such as the delay in diagnoses and the delay in access to adequate treatment and, secondly, the lack of equity and quality of care. “There are many differences between communities and even within the same community,” he stressed.
Another aspect on which they have asked for more reinforcement is the education offered to the diabetic patient. At this time, for Juan Francisco Perán, it is the “ideal” moment to highlight the needs of these patients, such as diabetes education. “Education is the tool that gives the patient freedom to make decisions about the disease and should be taught by professionals with degrees,” he said.
Finally, the president of FEDE has praised the figure of the nurse and has demanded that in schools there should be a health professional to care for children with chronic diseases, at the same time, that he has asked to have a school program based on health and in prevention. “In this way we will avoid many cases of type 2 diabetes that fill medical consultations,” he concluded.