MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, September 12 (PIA) — To reduce morbidity, mortality and disability rates due to chronic lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases through an integrated and comprehensive program on the prevention and control of lifestyle-related diseases, the Department of Health (DOH-10) held the Hypertensive and Diabetic Activity on September 11 here.
The activity includes the monthly dispensing of hypertension (HPN) and diabetes mellitus (DM) maintenance at Barangays Baylao, Tupsan, and Yumbing.
Cindy Estanilla, provincial health officer, said diabetes is a global concern that cuts across geographical boundaries of race, sex, status, and age.
Thus, DOH provides free diabetes risk screening at the barangay health stations, rural health units/health centers, public hospitals, and other government health facilities.
The department also provides free medicines such as oral anti-diabetes medicines and insulin to patients diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia) because of inadequate production and/or action of insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
Furthermore, uncontrolled diabetes leads to serious complications such as stroke, heart attack, end-stage kidney disease, and diabetic retinopathy, among others. (RTP/PIA10)