Screening in Portugal to raise awareness
On Friday 2 September, the Novo Nordisk Changing Diabetes® World Tour established a mobile clinic in Lisbon’s Rossio Square offering free diabetes screening for adults between the ages of 30 and 75. The clinic has been set-up in connection with the 2011 Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and will run until Thursday 15 September.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, nearly one million people are living with diabetes in Portugal but only 57% are aware of their condition. Untreated, diabetes can lead to severe complications such as loss of vision, amputation, and kidney failure or, in severe cases, premature death. Fortunately, early diagnosis can prevent the development of complications, allowing for a normal life with diabetes.
The Changing Diabetes® World Tour screening will include testing of blood sugar levels (HbA1c), blood pressure and BMI (body mass index) as well as a measurement of hip and waist circumference. All tests are performed by healthcare professionals from the Portuguese diabetes association, Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal (APDP). The data from the diabetes screenings will also be used to improve the understanding of diabetes in Portugal.
The Changing Diabetes® World Tour together with the Changing Diabetes® Village are organised by Novo Nordisk in partnership with Steno Diabetes Center and the APDP. With the opening of the EASD Annual Meeting on Tuesday 12 September, the Village will offer additional activities including healthy cooking classes, physical condition testing, yoga and aerobics.