Diabetes is not an unknown enemy. Ignorance means fear, say scientists and note the people must be informed on the disease and the possibility to start at a very young age and to be in alert for early diagnosis.
Diabetes type 1 continues to rise throughout the world and according to Professor of Childrens Endocrinology and Youth Diabetes in Athens University Christina Kanaka “it is very difficult to think of juvenile diabetes” and until the diagnosis valuable time can be wasted.
“We must focus on the early diagnosis and on the right treatment to reduce the danger of chronic complicatons” she said during her address at a press conference on the occassion of World Day of Diabetes on November 14.
Diabetes, for the time being, can’t be prevented, said Professor of Pathology, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in the universities of Athens and Ulm in Germany Sotiris Raptis. “The environmental factors that appear to trigger the start of a process that leads to the destruction of the cells which produce the insuline are still being reasearched. However, diabetes type-2 in many cases can be intercepted with physical exercise and the appropriate diet”, said Raptis.
In the last fifteen years the diabetes cases have posted a huge increase and have almost doubled. This outburst is expected to continue in the next years. In 2040 the people with diabetes are expected to exceed to reach 600 million worldwide.
1.2 million Greeks, approximately 12 percent of the population are currently suffering from diabetes type 1 and 2.