Portugal is the fifth OECD country with the most diabetes
Portugal is the fifth OECD country with the highest prevalence of diabetes. The analysis appears once again in the report published by the organization this week, which continues to show the country in the top places, with how to point to 9.8% of the population with diabetes. Worse only Mexico (13.5%), Turkey (11.1%), United States (10.8%) and Germany (10.4%).
They are identified that end up not being changed every year and result from surveys of representatives of the population – in Portugal, the latest results were chosen as the first National Health Survey with Physical Examination, carried out by the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge in 2015 and published in 2017. At the time, a higher prevalence of diabetes was estimated in men than in women (12.1% vs 7.8%). In the sample of the population surveyed, most diabetic individuals were aware of their condition (87.1%) and were taking antidiabetic medication (79.7%).
Before this survey, in 2018 the prevalence of diabetes in the Portuguese population aged between 20 and 79 years was estimated at 13.6%, and it is only known that more than 800,000 patients are registered in health centers. diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that in addition to cases of diabetes, pre-diabetes, which can be reversed with food and exercise in most countries, affects around 2 million Portuguese people. This year, World Diabetes Day has as its motto universal access to treatment – “if not now, when” – also marking the centenary of the discovery of insulin.
João Raposo, clinical director of the Associação Protetora dos Diabeticos de Portugal and president of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Diabetologia, a technician who, now as in the past, the diagnosis of the disease remains a shock, defending the need to increase prevention and changes in the style of which can prevent most cases of type 2 diabetes.