About 640,000 Portuguese people (9.9%) had diabetes in 2015, which is often the case with men and people without professional activity and less education, according to data released today by the Ricardo Jorge Institute.
The data are part of the National Physical Examination Survey (INSEF), led by National Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), who analyzed the health status of the population in Portugal in 2015, between the ages of 25 and 74.
According to data published on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day, as indicated today, 641,000 Portuguese (9.9%) are classified as a diabetic.
Diabetes was more common among men (12.1%), in the 65-74 age group (23.8%), in people without professional activity (20.6%) and with lower education (20.1%). .
These data are obtained from the measurement of glycosylated hemoglobin and data obtained from the questionnaire.
People (including pregnant women) who had glycosylated hemoglobin equal to or greater than 6.5% who reported taking diabetes medication two weeks before the interview or who reported diabetes are considered diabetic.
The first INSEF was developed in 2015 to collect epidemiological information on the country, determinants and health care of the Portuguese population.
A total of 4911 people, mostly in the active period (84.3% between 25 and 64 years), almost two thirds (63.4%) of whom were "without a school or lower secondary school" and 11.2% of the unemployed.
"This research added as a bonus to the fact that it combines the information collected through a direct interview with an individual with the data of an objective component of physical examination and blood collection," says INSA.
INSEF aims to contribute to "improving the health of Portugal through support to national and regional monitoring and monitoring activities of the public health, evaluation of health programs and public health research".