Diabetes & Vascular Disease: Educative seminar at the Gozo Ministry
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World Diabetes Day is celebrated on Friday, the 14th of November. The worldwide campaign marks the first of a three-year (2014-16) focus on healthy living and diabetes.
To mark the event, an educative seminar – ‘Diabetes and Vascular Disease’ – will be held at the Exhibition Hall of the Ministry for Gozo, starting at 6.00pm. The general public is invited to attend.
In July this year, the Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne announced that a new National Strategy aimed at assisting those who have this condition, whilst educating the general public, was being developed. The document for consultation will be published on the 14th of of November.
Consultation meetings took place with key stakeholders, including non-governmental organisations, professionals in the sector and patients, to discuss the current situation, the introduction of new and innovative treatments, rehabilitation and support services, psych-social issues related to this condition, prevention and education.
This condition effects 10% of the Maltese population. The Government is working on a number of initiatives to provide a better service to those who have this condition, Chris Fearne said, among which is the investment in specialised training for doctors, the introduction of a post graduate diploma in Dietetics and the introduction of a diabetes registry in 2015
The latest estimates from the IDF Diabetes Atlas indicate that there are 382 million people living with diabetes worldwide. By 2035, 592 million people or one person in ten will have the disease.
A further 316 million people are currently at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with the number expected to increase to almost 500 million within a generation. What makes the pandemic particularly menacing is that throughout much of the world, it remains hidden. Up to half of all people with diabetes globally remain undiagnosed.
These facts and figures reiterate the importance of urgent action. Most cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented and the serious complications of diabetes can be avoided through healthy lifestyles and living environments that encourage and facilitate healthy behaviour.