Diabetes one of leading causes of death — CHO PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2011 16:24

Health officials said diabetes is recognized as one of the leading causes of death among Zamboangueños citing records where fatality to the almost 400 cases registered in 2010 was pegged at 18 percent.

As this developed, City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos reminds the public to be cautious of the disease which he revealed also raises the risk of dying prematurely from a host of other ailments such as heart attack, stroke and even kidney malfunctions.
Of the total 389 diabetes cases registered in 2010, 72 were recorded to have died.

“The food we eat greatly contributes to diseases. A high fat, low fiber and high carbohydrate diet coupled with being inactive and deskbound promotes diabetes,” the City Health Officer declared.

The CHO has intensified information dissemination campaigns in line with the observance of National Diabetis Awareness Week from July 25-29. Information, education and communication (IEC) materials including leaflets entitled “Salud del Pueblo” are being distributed to raise people’s level of awareness on the prevention and control of various diseases specifically diabetes.

According to Agbulos, diabetes is a disease that changes the way the body uses sugar. When one has diabetes, the body has problems in making and/or responding to insulin- a hormone that helps get the sugar from the blood to the muscles, tissues and cells where it is used for energy. Thus, the body is not able to use the sugar for energy well and the sugar stays in the blood resulting to a high sugar level.

People over 45 years old are likely to be diabetic. Those who are overweight, with high blood cholesterol and are not doing a regular exercise are potential victims to the disease. Additionally, people with family history of diabetes and women with history of diabetes during pregnancy will likewise be at risk if proper dieting and healthy living is not observed.

The early signs and symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, always feeling thirsty and hungry, losing weight without trying, always feeling tired and irritable, having cuts or wounds that are slow to heal and tingling or numbness in the hands or feet.

Early detection of the disease is very important, Dr. Agbulos said. “When you have any of the risk factors and feel any of the early symptoms, seek early consultation. You can consult at the City Health Office Out-Patient Department,” he added.

Meanwhile, the CHO in coordination with the Department of Health regional office and partner agencies and NGOs have lined up activities in line with the observance of Diabetes Week starting tomorrow, Monday until Friday (july 25-29). — City Hall PIO