FindRisc, an Ecuadorian initiative, will help detect prediabetes and diabetes


November 13 marks the National Day against Diabetes in Ecuador.

November 13, 2020 – 09:32

As part of Ecuador’s National Pre-Diabetes Day, the Ecuadorian Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism, Diabetes and Nutrition is presenting a digital “FindRisc” that can be used freely by doctors and people in general.

“In this way, it will be possible to identify people at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, to deepen in them with medical evaluation, laboratory tests and treatment, if necessary. This tool exists and is already used worldwide and is called the “Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Form”, said Dr. Pablo Segara, President of the Society.

The tool is available on the digital platform and is used to detect prediabetes and diabetes. In addition, it provides an individualized risk scale as a result. These data will be submitted to a national database, which will be used for further research and analysis by experts from the Scientific Society and government agencies.

Prediabetes is one of the most untreated diseases, but it still affects more than 300 million people worldwide. The estimated prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Ecuador in 2010 was 7.3 percent. Official forecasts indicate that in 2025 this figure will increase to 10.8 percent.

Ecuador was the first country to establish November 13 as National Antidiabetes Day throughout Latin America, and today other Latin American countries have followed Ecuador’s example.

Preventive treatment with lifestyle changes

The Ecuadorian Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism, Diabetes and Nutrition recommends that you urgently change your lifestyle and start the treatment recommended by your doctor.

Losing weight and switching to a healthy diet is part of the strategy, as prediabetes is directly related to being overweight or obese. It is possible to achieve this by leaving a sedentary lifestyle, doing intense exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. (I)

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