The cases of diabetes continues to rise in the Philippines with around 6.3 million Filipinos or 7.2% of the population reported to be diagnosed with the disease, revealed The Medical City Iloilo (TMC Iloilo) citing data from a 2008 review of the Philippines Journal of Internal Medicine.
The same source also shared that 14.2% of Filipinos are already within the risk of pre-diabetes.
This public health concern was was tackled by TMC Iloilo during a series of diabetes talks among various and organizations as part of its “diaBEATes” Campaign which primarily aims to combat the disease through information dissemination and early detection.
The first leg of the said diabetes talk series was held last December in the municipality of Pavia with the member of the Knights of Columbus and Daughters of Mary Immaculate International.
Meanwhile, the second and third leg of the were held last February called “Sweet Connections” – Diabetes Talk Series, this time in partnership with the Sun Life Financial and Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Iloilo City.
“We have launched the “diaBEATes” Campaign in December last year because we want to help the Ilonggos become more educated of the risks of diabetes which is now considered as one of the leading lifestyle diseases, not only here in the Philippines, but across the globe,” said TMC Iloilo Chief Marketing Officer Prince Juliene Hermaine Celo.
“More than a campaign, “diaBEATes” is an advocacy as we target to help those who are having or those who have high risk of acquiring diabetes by making early detection tests and TMC Iloilo Diabetes and Metabolism Center accessible to the Ilonggo community,” he added.
“Sweet Connections” Diabetes Talk Series is one of the programs included in the “diaBEATes” Campaign. TMC Iloilo is launching more activities and events as part of the said campaign in the coming months.
First Holistic Diabetes and Metabolism Center
TMC Iloilo is a host of the first holistic Diabetes and Metabolism Center in Iloilo. The center offers various specialized services for the needs of the diabetes patients. These includes the Eye and Vision Center for their eye care needs; Wellness Center which offers nutrition counseling services; and the Stoma and Wound Care Center for the treatment and management of unhealed wounds.
All of these programs are tailored for the proper management of diabetes and its possible complications. TMC Iloilo Diabetes and Metabolism Center is also being handled by health experts, medical specialists, and trained nurses who who are competent in handling diabetes related cases.
About the Medical City Iloilo
TMC Iloilo is one of the five local hospitals of The Medical City brand. Its other hospitals are located in Ortigas, Clark, South Luzon and Pangasinan.
Entered Iloilo in 2009, it is the first hospital in Iloilo City to introduce “Patient Partnership” service philosophy, a value of care that focuses on making every patient a partner in their journey towards wellness.
The Medical City is the largest healthcare network which owns and operates Guam Regional Medical City, the first Filipino-owned hospital in the United States and an ambulatory Clinic in Dubai.