Mazatlan’s Malecon is ‘painted blue’ for World Diabetes Day

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Dozens of people walked to raise awareness about the effects of the disease.

MAZATLÁN.- The Mazatlán boardwalk was dyed blue to commemorate World Diabetes Day, a date that was decreed to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes on people’s health. This year’s theme is “Education to Protect Tomorrow”.

Its purpose is to make known the causes, symptoms, treatment and complications associated with the disease. As well as to also seek to highlight the areas of opportunity that exist to strengthen the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

At 5:00 p.m., dozens of people dressed in blue gathered at the Sea Lions monument to walk towards the Fisherman’s monument in order to promote physical exercise to maintain good cardiovascular health.

María Teresa Apodaca de González, president of the Mazatlán DIF System, thanked the attendees for participating and joining to raise awareness about the disease.

“Thank you very much for joining us to commemorate World Diabetes Day, a disease that is growing day by day. We do this because it is an action that benefits our health, walking is an activity that we must do more often to stay healthy”.

The contingent was made up of approximately 100 people including children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Even children with some motor disability joined, they were taken on DIF Mazatlán tricycles.

The walk ended at the monument to the Fisherman where authorities illuminated the area in a sky blue color.

Data

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), an estimated 14 million adults in Mexico live with diabetes, an increase of 10% in the last two years. Another 11 million adults in the country have impaired glucose tolerance (ATG), which puts them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Health spending related to Diabetes in Mexico has reached US$20 billion, which places it among the 10 countries or territories with the highest total health spending.

Currently, Mexico ranks tenth worldwide in diabetes.

Source: punto.mx

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