In this delicate context, in which we are all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a further worrying spread of the diabetic pathology is underway. Constantly increasing all over the world, diabetes closes this year with an equally worrying death rate: in fact, 4.2 million people died last year. The condition is already one of the top 10 causes of death globally.
Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is caused by an autoimmune reaction, in which our body’s immune system attacks the cells of the pancreas, stopping insulin production. The biggest victims are children, who are more easily accomplished at the very moment of childhood.
Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, linked to obesity and aging, may not have early symptoms, but still has a significant incidence, caused by changes in diet, decreased exercise, or related pathologies.
Diabetes is a silent epidemic, which potentially affects all people, regardless of their habits: in the province of Bologna alone, 2020 ends with 32 beginnings, affecting boys and girls.
For the more than 460 million people with diabetes, the highest increases are being recorded in middle- and low-income countries. It is estimated, in fact, that continuing with this growth trend by 2045 over 700 million people will suffer from it.
In light of these worrying data, it is necessary to act immediately in order to contain the spread of this pathology: in the pandemic context of COVID-19, an increase in diseases such as diabetes means exposing thousands of people, and especially children, to fragility and risk of contagion and transmission.
Aware of this, we ask, as an association dedicated to the well-being and protection of all diabetic patients, current and future, to invest in research and human resources such as doctors, psychologists, dieticians and nurses: people, that is, capable of address the current crisis, through remote and face-to-face care and assistance, as well as through an all-out dialogue.
We must be able to stop this spread of diabetic pathology through an in-depth analysis of the data, the comparison between Regions and health structures and a concrete investment, which must be accountable not only to the institutions and citizens, but also to all the people who they will potentially come into contact with this disease.
We already know what the risks are, but together we can still prevent and partially stop them. Let’s do it now. Together.