Prior to World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated on November 14, Dr. Patricia Cervantes told a news conference that people with diabetes who have flu are three times more likely to be hospitalized and six times more likely to die .
"Vaccination is important, not only to avoid complications from influenza, but also to avoid having other complications related to this virus," said Sanofi Pasteur's medical director in Latin America.
The specialist explained that this vaccine protects diabetics and reduces by 30% the possibility of suffering a sudden heart attack, in 22% of heart failure, in 19% of myocardial infarction and in 15% of pneumonia "what is essential for get vaccinated ".
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In this sense, the dott. Alejandra Malacara said that 80% of people who have flu complications is because they have not been vaccinated or because they have one or more comorbid conditions such as diabetes.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 425 million people worldwide with diabetes. In Mexico, currently 11.5 million people live with this disease.
Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico and type 2 is the most common cause of this disease. Among the main risk factors for the development of this disease are overweight, obesity, sedentary lifestyle and family history.
In addition to preventive measures such as vaccination, Dr. Gabruila Allard stated that it is essential for patients to remain in control because, over time, high levels of glucose in the blood cause damage to many tissues of the body, which puts patients' lives at risk.
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"If the patient does not receive the proper treatment and does not have a healthy lifestyle, he may have vision problems in 54.5% of cases, retinal damage in 11.19% of cases, loss of vision in 9 years, 9%, ulcers in 9.14% and amputations in 5.5% ", indicated the specialist.
The problem, said Dr. Maria Elena Saduño, is that in Mexico, 75% of patients with diabetes do not fall within the control objectives.
"It's complicated because it's a growing problem in Mexico: diabetes control involves a learning process to understand the disease, as well as changes in behavior, the use of drugs and the frequency of medical evaluations," he said .
Likewise, he stressed the importance of family participation in the diabetes control process in patients and that education and vaccination are key pillars for preventing complications related to diseases such as influence.
He also said that this vaccine should be applied every year, since influenza virus strains change every year, "so you have to be protected every year this season," Saduño finished.