On the day of the World Diabetes Day, November 14, the CUF Viseu hospital will have access to nursing staff, which will be available to the public between 14.00 and 18.00 to assess the risk of this condition. Participation in this action is free and does not require prior visit.
According to the Directorate-General for Health, it is estimated that in Portugal diabetes affects 13.3% of the population between the ages of 20 and 79 years, of which 44% do not know about the disease. Every day in Portugal about 200 new cases are diagnosed. Over 1 million Portuguese people suffer from diabetes and it is estimated that about 2 million Portuguese people are in a "pre-diabetes" state.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that can have several causes and is characterized by increased blood sugar (glycaemia). Everyone can have diabetes, but exposure to risk factors such as hypertension, cholesterol, family history or overweight can increase the likelihood of their occurrence.
Raising awareness of the disease is the main goal of this initiative, the aim of which is to warn the population against the scourge that continues to attack the lives of the Portuguese.