80,000 Piurans suffer from diabetes, but only 20% are treated


Piura is the third region of Peru with more patients suffering from diabetes.

In Piura, the number of people suffering from this disease continues to increase, so far there are eighty thousand Piurans with this disease, which is characterized by high blood sugar levels and, if not treated, causes degeneration in the organs of life and even death.

Eduardo Álvarez Delgado, director of the Integral Sanitary Intervention of Diresa today revealed that of the eighty thousand Piurans affected by diabetes, only 20 percent of them are controlled patients.

The official said that Diresa is implementing a program of activities aimed at attracting patients to various health centers to conduct quick glucose tests that are free, and therefore start treatment to avoid complications of the disease.

On the other hand, Álvarez explained that the best way to avoid the development of this disease is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which means avoiding the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, even foods with high sugar, fat, fried foods, Mąki also commented that because Piura is a city with very much complex gastronomy, it is best to consume various stews from the region, but with control.

He also recommended consuming fruit and vegetables and physical activity for at least half an hour a day.

"A patient with a diagnosis of diabetes and controlled treatment can develop their lives without complications, but has no control and does not consume medications, and less changes in his lifestyle in the long run will have vision complications, kidneys, circulation, which then arise in the diabetic foot and limb amputation "– Alvarez said.

The official noted that Piura, after El Callo and Lima, is the region with the highest percentage of people affected by diabetes, and 19.4% of its population suffer from this disease.


Diabetes is often not diagnosed because many of its symptoms appear to be harmless. Recent studies indicate that early detection and treatment of diabetes symptoms may reduce the likelihood of complications from diabetes.

However, Dr. Eduard Alvarez explained that one should always pay attention to the classic symptoms, four P: Polidipsia (excess of thirst), polyuria (excessive desire to urinate), Polyphagy (excess hunger) and Weight loss

Types of diabetes:

Type I diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce insulin and must be administered in such a way that the body can receive the energy it needs. Why do not you produce it? Because the pancreatic cells responsible for insulin production are destroyed by autoantibodies. It is not as common as type 2 diabetes or diabetes and is more common in children and adolescents.

Type II diabetes

Type II diabetes, or diabetes, is the result of an unbalanced diet that has consumed too many calories for many years, which has led the body to "insulin resistance", which means that the body does not produce insulin, but it is not properly used because "it lost its effectiveness ". Therefore, it is more common in obese people of a certain age.

Gestational diabetes

It occurs only during pregnancy, in the second or third trimester, rarely in the first and disappears after childbirth. The placenta produces a hormone – a placental fetus that raises blood glucose above normal.

You can control it by following the right diet and, in some cases, administering medication or insulin. It's important to treat him because he can make the baby bigger than normal and make it difficult to deliver. In addition, gestational diabetes predisposes to the development of type 2 diabetes in the future.


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