During the World Diabetes Day, the press conference "Why is it important to identify prediabetes?" Was held, attended by important personalities from the public and private sectors. In this case, the subject of prediabetes and the importance of taking appropriate treatment have been addressed because Mexico is ranked fifth in the prevalence of diabetes in the world and it is estimated that seven out of ten prediabetes will develop the disease.
Dr. Rutila Castañeda, a specialist in endocrinology and nutrition at the La Raza Medical Center, said that "prediabetes is a condition where blood glucose is higher than normal, but is not high enough to be diabetes type 2. " . The specialist explained that in prediabetes, the glucose level is between 100 and 125 mg / dl in the "because the body does not properly process the sugar in the food."
Regarding the importance of healthy living habits and visiting a doctor for an opportune diagnosis, Dr. Juan Omar Toledo, Merck's Medical Director, said that a healthy diet, physical activity and regular consultation actions can "represent a great Difference between diabetes or pre-diabetes and prevention of disease progression, taking into account the specialist's recommendations. Correct attachment to treatment will be a key element for patient health. "
According to Dr. Martha Rangel Hernández, spokesman for the Diabetes Federation of Mexico, these are some factors that may be related to the occurrence of prediabetes:
- Overweight or obesity
- Sedentary lifestyle
- You are over 40 years old
- Family history of type 2 diabetes, hypertension and / or heart disease.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Fat liver
- Acanthosis nigricans (presence of a darker color on the skin of the neck, groin or axillary).
- Be African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American and Pacific Islander. Certain breeds are more prone to developing prediabetes and / or diabetes for reasons that are not exactly known, according to Rangel Hernández.
- History of gestational diabetes.
In 2018, the motto for World Diabetes Day is "diabetes and family", whose goal is to promote good eating habits, encourage physical activity and improve diabetes education through family ties.