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The 36th edition of the Sodicar conference cycle begins with a lecture on skin cancer and a healthy shopping workshop (15/05/2019)

The Diabetes Society of Cartagena and District (SODICAR), in collaboration with the City of Cartagena, through the Department of Social Services, has organized from 20 to 21 May, at 19:30, in the Assembly Hall of the CAM Foundation, the XXXVI edition of the cycle of conferences, talks and workshops, coinciding with the 36th anniversary of the constitution of the non-profit and self-help association, on May 10, 1983.

Diabetes is a chronic and irreversible metabolism disease in which there is an excess of glucose or sugar in the blood and urine.

This is due to a decrease in the secretion of the hormone insulin or a deficiency in its action.

To avoid it is not only normalize blood sugar levels, but also try to normalize body weight and control other cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol, hypertension and overweight.

To raise awareness among citizens about the problems of Diabetes, the following activities have been programmed for these two days:

May 20th

9:30 am: Walking Path to the Roman Quarries.

Departure from the Wssell Sports Pavilion in Guimbarda.

It is a route of approximately 6 kilometers, in which the Associação Socio Cultural Sendas Senior collaborates.

Registrations can be made until May 17, at the following telephone number 968 52 90 14.

7:15 pm: Inauguration of the conference cycle by the Councilor for Social Services, Mercedes García and the president of Sodicar, María Dolores García Ros.

7:30 pm: Conference "Sun protection and skin cancer prevention", given by Dr. Ángel López Ávila, head of the Dermatology Service of Hospital Santa María del Rosell, in Cartagena.

The objective of this activity is to know how to prevent and take care of our skin against the dangers of solar exposure with the arrival of the summer season.

May 21th

7:30 pm: Conference-workshop "Healthy shopping and organization of the weekly menu", given by María Soledad Sánchez Meroño, a graduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and with an official master's degree in Clinical Nutrition.

The objective of this activity is to know what to buy and not leave the shopping cart.


The prevalence of Diabetes does not stop increasing in the world hand in hand with obesity and sedentary lifestyle, causing chronic health problems that, in the long term, are even more relevant than Diabetes itself.

It should be noted that there are two types of Diabetes.

Type 1 affects the younger population and is due to the fact that the pancreas does not produce insulin, which requires the daily administration of this hormone.

Type 2 is the most frequent, affecting 90-95% of diagnosed cases and is characterized by insufficient production of insulin or inadequate use of insulin.

The most frequent complications are hypoglycaemia (blood glucose levels are lower than normal levels) and hypoglycaemia (blood glucose levels are too high).

Up to 70% of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthy lifestyles.

According to the FID, it is estimated that by 2040, diabetes will exceed 600 million affected.

In Spain, the prevalence is almost 14%, of which 6% are undiagnosed, which means more than 5 and a half million people have this chronic disease.

In the Region of Murcia, almost 200,000 people have Diabetes, and some 85,000 people (6%) are undiagnosed.

In Cartagena, 30,000 people are those with diabetes, of which 13,000 are unaware of it.


The Councilor for Social Services of the City of Cartagena, Mercedes García, has pointed out that to prevent diabetes it is necessary to have a healthy life based on "the Mediterranean diet, sports, good psychological health avoiding the consumption of alcohol and tobacco."

For this, the president of Sodicar, María Dolores García Ros, recommends that "you have to avoid pre-cooked food, industrial foods and everything that is easy to heat in a microwave".

In addition, he has concluded that "grandmothers are the key for children to have a good diet, since their kitchen spoon and pot is based on the Mediterranean diet."

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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