The medicae noted that there are over 90,000 people with diabetes in Latvia, and this disease affects a large number of families. Moreover, diabetic diabetes makes changes not only for the patient but also for his relatives on a daily basis, bringing many new challenges.
According to Schlemm, for this reason, the topic of the World Diabetes Day this year is "Diabetes and Family". The LDF president said that this year the federation wants to highlight the family's vital role in diabetes treatment, care and prevention.
"We encourage everyone to regularly check their health and determine their diabetes risks, and encourage family members to be tested," said Stelmane.
Celebrating the World Diabetes Day, the LDF will invite people to the informative event on the Riga Central Market Root Pavilion, at 3, K-3 Central Market Street, from 14 to 17, next week, November 14. During the event, it will be possible to consult specialists, free of charge, to determine their cholesterol level , as well as receive vouchers for free sugar check.
The event will also include endocrinologist and nutritionist counseling on diabetes prevention and treatment, healthy eating and physical activity.
In turn, the Latvian Children and Young People's Diabetes Association will organize a "Discoverable Diabetes – Save the Life!" Event, which will take place on November 17 in the Kalnciems quarter market, Kalnciema iela 35, Riga, from 10:00 until 16:00. During that time, nutritional specialist consultations, natural sweetener tasting and creative retro-reflective workshop.
As the representative of the Latvian Diabetes Center Marta Lagzdiņa informed, in order to attract more public attention to the spread of diabetes in Latvia and to raise awareness among people, the society will launch a social campaign "Stronger for diabetes" on November 14th.
It is designed as a social experiment in which three personally known individuals – Kristīne Garklava, Magnuss Eriņš and Edgars Bāliņš – will try to "live and match forces" with diabetes in their roles as a musician, improvisation theater actor Nauris Brikmanis.
According to Lagzndin, the experiment participants will be able to survive and, through various tasks and tests, "enjoy on their skin" the everyday life of diabetic patients, including situations where diabetes is adjacent to each other, makes one's step by step, impresses at times when it is expected the least, significantly impeding any human activity and behavior, and sometimes even creating inaccuracies, but also health and life-threatening moments.
The launch of the campaign will take place on November 14 at 11:00 in the Deep White office of the Communications Management Agency. The event will present statistics on diabetes prevalence in Latvia and provide practical advice to diabetics and peers, as well as experiences of diabetic patient experiences and describe the social experiment.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2001, 29 492 people were suffering from diabetes in Latvia, while in 2017 it was already diagnosed with 91 571 people.