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Ernesto Roma Foundation distributes children’s book on diabetes to primary schools

The book is expected to impact more than 11,000 children through the story of Maria, a girl who is like everyone else, but who has one power: to be her own pancreas.

The author Catarina Mendanha wanted to show how Maria feels, solves challenges and how diabetes is present in her life.

According to the OECD, in 2019 Portugal was the second country with the highest prevalence rate of diabetes in the EU, reaching 9.8% of the population.

Diabetes translates into the body’s inability to regulate excessive blood sugar levels because the pancreas cannot produce insulin, it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and the respiratory infection of the new coronavirus that causes covid-19.

Type 1 diabetics need to take insulin, while type 2 diabetics need adequate control medication, diet and exercise.

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