Over 80 people attended a fully-booked event entitled How Diabetes Affects our Body at the Edificio de Colores in Fuengirola on Monday. The event, during which diabetes specialists explained different aspects of this disease, was attended by the town's councillor for Wellbeing and Families, Rocío Rodríguez, and Sports councillor María Hernández.
Optical assistant David Bradshaw and Optometrist and Director of Specsavers Ópticas Fuengirola, Amrik Sappal opened the event. Bradshaw focused his presentation on type 2 diabetes and how it affects the eyes. He explained about diabetic retinopathy and why it is important for diabetics to have a complete eye test to protect vision. He completed the presentation by offering recommendations on how diabetics can care for their eyes and reduce the likelihood of vision loss due to their condition.
Bradshaw was followed by Podiatrist and Director of the Centro Podológico Costa del Sol, Rocío Rovayo Guerrero. In her presentation, she spoke about the important role of a podiatrist in stopping the common problems diabetics can face. She also gave useful advice on how you can keep your feet healthy and what diabetics should do to minimise problems.
The final presentation was given by diabetes specialist Dr Francisco Miguel Gómez Trujillo. He explained that diabetes is "an epidemic which affects millions of people around the world, caused by the epidemic of obesity". He added that "poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle are the principal cause of both obesity and the increase in diabetes."
"Thankfully, we have very effective treatment options which allow us to control diabetes and prevent complications, improving the quality of life of our patients."
The President of the Malaga Diabetes Association, Sandra Martín Alve, attended the event on behalf of the Federation and was able to add important points during the question and answer session. Also present was Anne Bowles and Mercy Chapman from the La Cala Diabetic Support Group to offer attendees advice.
The event, after which there was a networking session, was organised by Specsavers Ópticas Fuengirola to support World Diabetes Day on 14 November and "help people in Fuengirola to understand diabetes better", explained Bradshaw. He also encouraged diabetics to have a complete eye examination to check how the disease is affecting their eyes (www.specsavers.es).