YLD Mentor 2020-2021
I was diagnosed back in 1993, when diabetes care, especially in Brazil, was quite poor. Through the next 10 years, my mother and I struggled to find physicians who could take care of diabetes properly, until we found ADJ Diabetes Brazil, my IDF Member Association, which had a previous background of being at the forefront of diabetes education in Brazil. Thus, from then on, I was part of the association, first being a regional young leader, working as a volunteer in detection campaigns and developing educational projects; after joining medical school, being part of the coordination of our young leaders training; being part of IDF YLD. I realized that a lot of educational programmes and health policies are not to their full potential due to lack of data, and thus, I decided to focus on diabetes and related non-communicable disease epidemiology for the years to come, leading detection campaigns, gathering data in Brazil and SACA to provide a better understanding of the picture in order to develop successful policies. Meanwhile, I also write articles for Diabeticool.com, a popular diabetes website in Brazil, explaining science in an easy way for general public. I am a camp counsellor in our yearly diabetes camp and was the president of an academic group for diabetes studies in my medical school – now under my fellow colleagues –, as well as an administrative counsellor focusing on Advocacy in my MA.
My project: Currently, my main project is to gather information about diabetes and metabolic syndrome across Brazil (focusing in diabetes, hypertension and obesity), since Brazilian data is really poor about these topics. This is done by asking people to check their blood glucose in random places (subway station, squares) with a certified BG meter, measuring their blood pressure, height, weight and abdominal circumference and answering a questionnaire about medications. They are orientated accordingly to their results about looking for a doctor, keeping good habits, being referred to an ER, and in six months, we call them to find out the results of these orientations. Secondary projects writing a book about the history of diabetes, being the auxiliary coordinator of camp counsellors, as well as an academic symposium about diabetes in November 2016 and hosting the academic symposium in November 2017.
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