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Students from MU-Varna Launch a Campaign to Prevent Diabetes

Once again the students at Medical University - Varna will contribute to the prevention and prophylactics of the socially significant disease diabetes mellitus on the occasion of World Diabetes Day – 14th November. Various health organizations, associations and companies in more than 160 countries come together on that day, united by a common goal - to raise the public awareness of the disease that has already become a global epidemic and threat to people.

The eighth in a row traditional diabetes campaign will be conducted on 12.11.2015, organized by the Student Council, the Association of Medical Students in Varna, the Association of the Students of Dental Medicine - Varna, the Association of the Students of Pharmacy in Varna and the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at St. Marina University Hospital in Varna.

The campaign will be held from 8:00 am till 12:00 pm, at the Rectorate building of Medical University - Varna, the Faculty of Dental Medicine and St. Marina University Hospital. At 6:00 pm, at the Second Auditorium of MU-Varna, distinguished professionals from the hospital will deliver a lecture on "Healthy Eating - the Key to Diabetes Treatment", which will be open to everyone interested in the problems of the disease.

A 5-kilometer marathon will start at 09:30 am, on 14.11.2015, in the Sea Garden in Varna. The start-finish line is close to the sundial, at the main entrance of the Sea Garden. Everybody willing to take part and contribute to the noble cause is welcome.

Before the launch of the campaign, the future medics drew with their bodies the blue circle - the symbol of commitment to people with diabetes in the courtyard of MU-Varna.

Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes and one person dies from this disease. Annually 7 million people are diagnosed with diabetes – 70 000 of them are children. According to WHO forecast, by 2030 over 600 million people will be affected by diabetes. In Bulgaria statistics data indicate that about 500 000 people suffer from this disease. However, 40% of them are unaware of their disease.