January 14, 2019 | 2:41 pm

On November 14, 2018, DLSUMC joined the world in raising awareness about the impact of diabetes on the family. Themed “The Family and Diabetes,” the DLSUMC event was held at the Special Health Sciences Senior High School Covered Court.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, the theme “The Family and Diabetes,” is for a two- year time frame. This theme aims to raise awareness for the families about having diabetes, and the idea of promoting the role of the family in management, care, prevention, and diabetes education. Currently, there are over 425 million people living with diabetes across the world and the most common is Type 2 diabetes, which is preventable by doing regular physical activity and maintaining a balanced diet and educating their family members is a big help in their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Guest Speaker Quennie Dacayo, MD, of DLSUMC’s Family and Community Medicine discussed the possible effect of diabetes in the family and the importance of having support in the family. Dr. Dacayo shared that each family member can help by they themselves being conscious when buying food, of hypoglycemia, the right amount of food consumption, and information on different kinds of medicine for diabetes. Also, the family is the source of their strength and it is also important to find a physical activity that can be done together.

Aside from the lay forum, there where free services such as blood screening tests for FBS, cholesterol, triglycerides, and uric acids; and sharing of experiences from two members of the DLSUMC DM Club and Type 1 Diabetes family member.

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