Safe Blood Sugar Control During a Pandemic

IN In the last two years, the Indonesian health sector has been faced with various challenges. Starting from pandemic conditions to the increasing prevalence of diabetes.

Based on data from the International Diabetes Federation in 2020, the number of people with diabetes continues to increase in various countries in the world, including Indonesia. The prevalence of diabetes in Indonesia reaches 6.2 percent with 10,681,400 cases. In fact, according to the latest research conducted by the COVID-19 response team in Indonesia, the mortality rate in diabetic patients infected with COVID-19 is 8.3 times higher than in people who do not have diabetes.

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For people with diabetes (diabetes) the condition is certainly so complicated. This is because monitoring of blood sugar is increasingly difficult along with various social restrictions. The pandemic conditions with various activity restrictions have made collective diabetes management activities that are usually centered in hospitals experience obstacles. In addition, the condition of diabetes at home makes it more difficult for them to control their blood sugar and maintain their diet. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can cause the body’s immunity to become weak and susceptible to viruses. Diabetes is a group that is very vulnerable to being infected with COVID-19. Therefore, it is very important to prevent the risk of complications of COVID-19 in diabetes and reduce the mortality rate.

Checking blood sugar levels (Source: Pexels/Nataliya Vaitkevich)

General Chairperson of Perkeni Prof. Dr. Dr. Ketut Suastika, Sp.PD-KEMD explained that death due to diabetes is the number 3 cause of death in the world, so diabetes requires attention from all elements of society. “Diabetes is not a light disease, but a deadly disease or a catastrophic disease,” said Ketut.

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Ketut requires people with diabetes to need optimal health services to control their blood sugar. “Moreover, we are currently still in a pandemic. COVID-19 itself is a disease that more often affects diabetic patients, so they are required and prioritized to get a vaccine because it can prevent infection due to exposure to COVID-19 and prevent the disease from getting worse,” Ketut continued.

In line with Ketut, Chairman of PB PERSADIA Dr dr Sony Wibisono, Sp.PD-KEMD, FINASIM also emphasized that people with diabetes are very susceptible to viral infections. According to him, this vulnerability can be prevented by maintaining disciplined health protocols and maintaining health conditions. “In addition to maintaining health protocols, people with diabetes deserve support, not only from themselves, but also from educators, families, doctors, and other elements,” said Sony.

In addition, Sony also emphasized the importance of proper diabetes management to prevent complications. “The 3J diet, namely the number of calories consumed each day, the eating schedule, and the type of food consumed need to be continuously considered by people with diabetes. People with diabetes must also exercise for 30 minutes a day, take medication and injection therapy, and receive adequate counseling,” continued Sony.

Diabetes control still needs to be a concern for the Indonesian people because diabetes can cause complications that affect the quality of life for diabetics and are at risk of causing death.

Efforts to control blood sugar are also tried by various parties, one of which is Diabetasol. “In collaboration with a team of specialist doctors, nutritionists, and dietitians in various cities, this time Diabetasol invites people to control their blood sugar independently in the midst of a pandemic. The way to control blood sugar that we want to convey in this online education series can be done easily even in the midst of a pandemic,” said Director of Special Needs and Healthy Lifestyle Nutrition KALBE Nutritionals Tunghadi Indra.(avia)

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