Mexico Against Diabetes: The Impact of Foundations on World Diabetes Day

Mexico Against Diabetes: The Impact of Foundations on World Diabetes Day

Every year, November 14th marks World Diabetes Day, an awareness date that brings people from around the world together in the fight against this silent disease. In Mexico, diabetes is a public health challenge affecting millions of people. In this blog, we will explore the alarming figures of diabetes in Mexico, emphasize the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, discuss the consequences of the disease, and introduce some of the foundations and social programs in Mexico committed to providing vital support to those living with diabetes.


Alarming Diabetes Figures in Mexico

Mexico faces a true diabetes epidemic. According to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), it is estimated that over 10 million Mexicans live with diabetes, roughly equivalent to 9% of the population. These figures are concerning and demand immediate action.




The Importance of Early Diagnosis

One of the major challenges in the fight against diabetes is that many people are unaware they have the disease. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood glucose levels, and the lack of early diagnosis and timely treatment can have serious health consequences.

Early detection of diabetes is crucial to avoid severe complications. People need to be aware of risk factors such as obesity, lack of physical activity, family history, and age. Timely diagnosis allows patients to take measures to control the disease and reduce the risk of complications.


As part of our community development, at the Letty Coppel Foundation, we focus on promoting the care and health of society to prevent and detect such complications on time.



Consequences of Diabetes


Uncontrolled diabetes can have a devastating impact on the health and quality of life of those who have it. Complications include cardiovascular diseases, kidney damage, loss of vision, and nervous system problems. Moreover, poorly controlled diabetes can lead to limb amputation.


Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death among people with diabetes. Kidney damage, diabetic retinopathy, and peripheral neuropathy are common complications affecting the quality of life of patients. Limb amputation, mostly due to foot ulcers, is a devastating consequence that can be avoided with proper diabetes management.


In the nutrition department of the Letty Coppel Social Assistance Center, we seek to improve the quality of life from the youngest to the elderly through guidelines on proper nutrition, which helps prevent various diseases, including diabetes.


Foundations in Mexico: Vital Support in the Fight Against Diabetes


In Mexico, several foundations play a crucial role in providing support and resources to people struggling with diabetes. These foundations work tirelessly to educate, raise awareness, and assist those facing this disease. Some of these organizations include:


Mexican Youth Diabetes Foundation: This foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people with diabetes in Mexico. They provide emotional support, diabetes education, and assistance programs for affected families.


Mexican Diabetes Foundation: This organization works to prevent and control diabetes in Mexico. They offer early detection programs, diabetes management training, and promotion of healthy lifestyles.


Letty Coppel Foundation has various programs and social assistance centers, including the nutrition department, psychology, care and health for women, and attention to the elderly, for better health and prevention.

Mexican Diabetes Association (AMD): The AMD focuses on the prevention, treatment, and support of people with diabetes in Mexico. They organize awareness campaigns, educational events, and provide useful information for patients and their families.


Social Programs in Mexico: providing essential support


In addition to foundations, various social programs in Mexico also play a key role in the fight against diabetes. These programs provide access to healthcare, medications, and diabetes education. Some of the social programs include:


National Health Program: At the governmental level, the National Health Program focuses on the prevention and control of chronic diseases, including diabetes. They offer affordable healthcare services and promote healthy lifestyles.


IMSS Social Programs: The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) offers a variety of programs for the treatment and prevention of diabetes. These programs include access to medications, specialized medical care, and psychological support.


World Diabetes Day reminds us of the importance of joining forces in the fight against this disease that affects millions of people in Mexico. The alarming diabetes figures in the country underscore the need for early diagnosis and proper treatment.

Furthermore, it is essential that people understand the serious consequences of the disease and take preventive measures.


Foundations and social programs in Mexico play a vital role in providing support, education, and resources to those living with diabetes. Awareness, prevention, and access to effective treatments are essential for a healthier future in Mexico. World Diabetes Day reminds us that the fight against this disease is a shared responsibility, and together we can make a difference.