For the first time since its creation 20 years ago, the Pediatric Diabetes Foundation will not offer this summer the camp that it usually organizes for children with this condition. This, because the pandemic of COVID-19 makes it impossible, despite the fact that its managers recognize the great need to continue educating people diagnosed with this condition, especially at an early age.
“This camp is very important for children. We do it in San Juan, Ponce, Aguadilla and Humacao and they participate as 200. We had been doing it for 20 years without interruption, but this year it will not (be possible) ”lamented Mariana Benítez, executive director of the Foundation, who He commented that on November 13 the Foundation will be 20 years old.
As he commented, in this summer space the Foundation takes the opportunity to educate children diagnosed with this condition about this disease, to guide them on the nutrition they should lead and create independence, among other strengths that help them to have their condition under control.
As an example of the need to educate and guide children about diabetes, Benítez commented that only between March and last 10 June the Foundation received calls related to 30 children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic disease of people with high blood glucose that causes them to take insulin daily.
As reported by the Foundation on its Internet page the purpose of this entity is to provide them the necessary tools for children with diabetes so that they can lead a normal life and that, with the necessary care and preventive measures, decrease the possibility of future complications associated with diabetes.
According to Dr. Mario Paulino, the Summer camps, whether for diabetic, asthmatic, autistic, other health or general children, are important as they promote physical activity and keep them away from electronic games and sedentary lifestyle, in addition to other risk factors that may
“Non-profit organizations that do other activities have also had to postpone or cancel them through COVID. That is the new reality until there is a vaccine or treatment (effective against this virus). Right now there is no way to do activities safely, "said the pediatrician.
Last year, during International Diabetes Day, it was reported that in Puerto Rico there were some 600,000 people with some type of diabetes. It is estimated, however, that another 400,000 suffer from it but are unaware of it.
Blurred vision, excessive thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, hunger and weight loss are some of the symptoms of diabetes, according to the MedLinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Eye problems, leg or foot ulcers or infections, tingling, loss of feeling, erectile dysfunction, kidney problems, weakening of the immune system, and increased likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke are some complications of this condition.