The II Survey of Beliefs and Attitudes about Diabetes, carried out by the Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance on Diabetes, highlights that the majority of people with type 2 diabetes have a lack of knowledge and awareness about the high cardiovascular risk associated with this disease.
People with type 2 diabetes have between 2 and 4 times more possibilities of suffering from cardiovascular disease than people without diabetes. Between 50% and 80% of deaths of people with type 2 diabetes worldwide are due to cardiovascular disease, mainly heart disease and stroke.
The concern among patients with type 2 diabetes about developing a cardiovascular event increases by 10% compared to 2016, but almost 86% of them do not associate their disease with cardiovascular problems.
This is one of the main conclusions drawn from the second wave of the Diabetes Beliefs and Attitudes Survey, carried out by the Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance in Diabetes and released on the occasion of the world disease day, which is celebrated this Saturday, November 14.
In addition, the campaign has been launched Diabetes for your heart, which aims to raise awareness among the population, and especially people with type 2 diabetes, about the cardiovascular problems associated with this pathology.
For the president of the Spanish Society of Cardiology, Ángel Cequier, “the fact of being an asymptomatic but progressive disease for many years, without a physical impact especially in the initial phases, makes the patient not be fully aware of the disease and its consequences “.
“Cardiovascular complications, which appear in more advanced stages of the disease, they are the main cause of death in these patients and, in this sense, professionals have a great responsibility to convey to them the severity of the disease and how it impacts their cardiovascular system over the years, “he adds.
Experts emphasize that in the current context due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is particularly important that patients with type 2 diabetes respect the guidelines recommended by their doctors and become aware of their disease and the possible complications that they can develop if they do not carry out an adequate control of it.
People with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, are considered risk group being more vulnerable in case of contagion by Covid-19, since the complications derived from the infection can be more serious than in the rest of the population.
“When people with diabetes develop a viral infection it can be harder to deal with due to fluctuations in blood glucose levels. Poor control and the presence of diabetes complications, such as cardiovascular ones, increase the severity of the infection “, points out the president of the Spanish Diabetes Society, Antonio Pérez.
For this reason, and although the risk of contagion by coronavirus is not greater in people with diabetes, Antonio Pérez recommends all patients “not abandoning the recommended guidelines by your doctor, maintain a healthy lifestyle, practice exercise whenever the situation allows it and continue to make follow-up visits with your doctor and nurse, either online or in person, when required. “