October 26, 2021

Amid the pandemic, don’t forget about diabetes


Dr. Aouie Macaballug, Leyden Florido, Nellie Calipjo, and Dr. Noreen Trinidad kick off MSD’s ‘Kontrolado ko, Diabetes ko’ campaign.

Dr. Aouie Macaballug, Leyden Florido, Nellie Calipjo, and Dr. Noreen Trinidad kick off MSD’s ‘Kontrolado ko, Diabetes ko’ campaign.

While most efforts are now exhausted to control the ongoing pandemic, one disease continues to threaten the citizenry and remains to be the Philippines’ leading cause of death.

Diabetes, a serious and chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels is known to be one of the major causes of death in the country.

Based on the recent data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), diabetes has claimed 37,265 lives last year (2020) despite the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

That is why in the midst of the pandemic, MSD Philippines launched “Kontrolado ko, Diabetes ko” (KKDK), a campaign that seeks to promote medication adherence among patients with diabetes.

With the goal of raising awareness among patients about the importance of impactful changes to one’s lifestyle, MSD in the Philippines, Mercury Drug Corporation, Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Philippine Association of Diabetes Educators hosted a press briefing titled “Mga Ano at Bakit ng Diabetes” on July 30 for the continuation of their campaign.

This forum gave accessibility and education to people to fight and resist deadly diabetes.

“What not a lot of people know is it can be controlled and managed as long as patients stick to the treatments prescribed by their doctors,” said Dr. Aurora Macaballug, Board Member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM).

According to Dr. Macaballug, four elements have to be considered in managing diabetes. Called “Apat Dapat,” diagnosed patients can take control of their condition through exercise, proper diet, regular intake of medication, and regular consultation with a physician. And as patients become responsible inkeeping their bodies well, doctors are also their helping hand in giving support.

Pharmacists also reached out for their support for diabetes patients as they become one of the more accessible healthcare professionals in the country in time of the pandemic.

“We can help patients understand the dangers of chronic diseases like diabetes and the importance of prevention and adherence,” said Mercury Drug representative and pharmacist Nellie Calipjo.

“Managing one’s diabetes is not easy. That’s why we try to help people cope with the illness through more proactive support, beginning with education,” diabetes nurse educator and PADE President Leyden Florido reiterated, “The more they know about their disease, the better they’re equipped to cope and manage it.”

As KKDK continues to collaborate with the healthcare industry to highlight the importance of changing to healthier lifestyles among diabetics, the campaign hopes to develop healthier Filipinos in years to come.

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