Of the 4,906 deaths recorded by diabetes and second bonding in Ecuador in 2016, 60% were women.
This chronic disease is the second leading cause of death in Ecuador after acute myocardial infarction and becomes increasingly rampant with females.
Why? According to Paula Palacio Alcívar, an endocrinologist at Alcívar Hospital, by nature women have more body fat than men, which leads them to easily overweight and obese.
On the other hand, the hormonal changes and sitting lives of many women aged 30 and older because once they have children have less time to exercise, they are neglected and gain weight at the age of fertility, especially during breastfeeding, when they consume more waste and overfed grains to produce more milk. A more tragic story is the arrival of menopause. Stopping estrogen leaves women without protection in their health from 45 to 50 years.
Dr. Cristina Béjar, an expert in internal medicine at the University Hospital of Guayaquil states that there are more and more diagnoses of diabetes due to the poor diet of Ecuador.
"We are people sitting with high carbohydrate intake, lots of rice, noodles, fried chicken, mayonnaise, all that causes obesity and changes glucose," lamented the expert.
He added that after menopause, mortality rates for chronic diseases in women are correlated with that of men.
Béjar details that many older women have belly bulging determined that the larger the abdominal area, the greater the risk of suffering from acute myocardial infarction. "Women should love a little more, if they have children, do not neglect their weight," he advised.
She lowered her sugar
Dionisia Inocenta Piguave Alvarado is 64 years old and 6 years she was diagnosed with diabetes at Guayaquil Hospital. He admits that he ignored the doctors' recommendations and always had high glucose, remained tired and dizzy.
Nine months ago her blood sugar was 400 mg / dL and when she saw herself on the verge of death she decided to change her attitude to her illness.
Since then, insulin has been supplied and nutritional recommendations have been made to the letter, which has led to its stability today.
"I do the diet, everything is roasted, like less rice, the boiled egg and the meat that I prepare for it in the water, I eat enough salad, I go every day and put insulin, today I feel good."
"From the family nucleus, we have to learn to eat healthy, but with good nutrition and physical activity every day we avoid the complications of diabetes," said endocrinologist Paula Duce Jembo of the Guamsu Sur Hospital.
It does not cure but it is controlled
For many people who have been diagnosed with diabetes, finding out that they have this disease is like getting a trial. The idea of not being able to eat whatever they want and that they are going to die depresses them. But even though diabetes is a disease that can not be cured, it can be controlled and you can live with it for many years.
"If the patient takes care of himself, he will succeed in his treatment," said Dr. Plessio, who, if left unchecked, will quietly destroy nerves and blood vessels that affect the eyes and kidneys.
It is important that people be educated about the impact of diabetes on health and quality of life.
Therefore, it is advisable to go to the doctor often undergo preventive tests. "We must work in education specifically so that they are more cautious people with better habits," said endocrinologist Paula Palacio.
In addition to the proper administration of medication (pills or insulin injections) diabetes must be controlled by a nutritionist who personalized their diet. You must learn to eat in a balanced way and for the right dishes.
Also, you should be aware of the health of your kidneys, submitting albumin tests. Eye tests are critical to find out if the eyes are affected by the disease. Do not neglect the appearance and health of the feet, podiatrists will be responsible for the care of the nails.
So we should eat every day
The ideal food is not about soups, but 50% is salad (fresh vegetables, cooked); 25%, carbohydrate (rice, bread, noodles, green, potatoes, cassava or other cereals) and 25% protein (lean beef, chicken, fish, turkey, cheese) and must be accompanied by water, not juice.
If you eat from home because you work, check out the restaurant menu. Do not serve soup, it is not necessary. Ask for another salad, small rice (half a cup), nothing fried, all roasted, cooked or steamed.
Nothing in the world you drink the juice, ask for a glass of water. If the salad is noodles, do not eat the rice.
For World Diabetes Day, the Louis Vranaza Hospital will offer the general public today free glucose tests, educational calls and bingo, in the hospital's main auditorium, from 07h00-12h00.
The Alcívar Hospital and Diabetes Club invites the public, patients with diabetes and their families to a medical conference on complications of diabetes and diabetic foot care with hyperbolic medicine today at 6:00. The entrance is free but you must register by calling 3720100 ext. 1493 and 1486. In Coronel and Cannier. (I)