Diabetes associated with obesity multiplies by six the probability of dying from cardiovascular disease
Diabetes associated with obesity can multiply by six the probability of dying from cardiovascular disease, as stated by doctor Carlos Sala, head of the Obesity Unit and specialist in metabolic surgery at the Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia.
The origin of type 2 diabetes, the most frequent of diabetes, is found in multiple factors, the most important being excess weight, physical inactivity and poor diet. Changes in lifestyle, sedentary lifestyle and the abandonment of the Mediterranean diet have caused an increase in overweight and obesity among the population. This disease usually does not show symptoms in the initial stages, "which causes that, in many cases, diabetes is diagnosed years later, when it has already affected the organism and led to complications," , explains Dr. Guillermo Negueruela, specialist in endocrinology Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja "because if glucose levels remain high appear diseases caused by diabetes."
Obesity not only increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, but also of serious diseases such as dyslipidemia, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, Sleep Apnea Syndrome, etc. that determine a very high cardiovascular risk, multiplying by six the risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease. "All this evidence should lead us to consider type 2 diabetes together with obesity as a single disease, and treat them together," says Dr. Sala.
In the world it is estimated that 400 million people suffer from diabetes, of which 90% are type 2, "a figure that has multiplied by four in the last 25 years, and that will reach 600 million people in the year 2035 The 55 million diabetics living in Europe will become 70 million in just over fifteen years, "predicts the specialist.
The possible cure of diabetes
Obese people are three times more likely to have diabetes than people who are not obese. Diabetes as well as surgery can be cured with surgery and the data is clear: more than 70% of obese patients who undergo bariatric or metabolic surgery cease to be diabetic. "The effectiveness is immediate in patients with type 2 diabetes, who usually stop using insulin and medication in the weeks following the intervention," says Dr. Juan Luján, head of the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Obesity Unit of the Hospital Quirónsalud de Murcia.
Metabolic surgery to lose weight is indicated for obese people with a body mass index greater than 40 or greater than 35 if it associates comorbidities. However, "due to the global epidemic of diabetes and obesity, which began to be called diabesity, we have been directing interventions for the resolution of type 2 diabetes for over a decade, even in patients with overweight or obesity grade I who still have they are not morbidly obese but suffer from type 2 diabetes ", clarifies Dr. Carlos Sala.
Quirónsalud Torrevieja with prevention
The Association of Diabetics of Torrevieja and the hospital center will have an information table on diabetes prevention next Wednesday, November 14, from 10 am to 2 pm. The appointment will be in the Paseo de Vista Alegre (in front of the Torrevieja casino).
In addition, Dr. Guillermo Negueruela, endocrinologist of Quirónsalud Torrevieja, together with the Association of Diabetics of Torrevieja, will offer a talk next Wednesday, November 21, on the prevention and control of Diabetes entitled "Advances in the treatment of diabetes." The meeting will be at the Casino of the city at 7.30 pm and admission will be free.