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      Desigualdades sociales y diabetes mellitus Translated title: Social inequalities and diabetes mellitus

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          Las desigualdades sociales producen efectos medibles en pérdidas de salud. Los determinantes sociales de la salud: el género, la etnia, el nivel de ingreso y la educación, constituyen, indiscutiblemente, la base protagónica de las disparidades en salud. La diabetes mellitus, constituida en uno de los principales problemas de salud a nivel global por su comportamiento epidémico en las últimas décadas, es una enfermedad notoriamente afectada por los aspectos sociales. De modo que el presente trabajo se encaminó a describir la influencia de los distintos determinantes sociales en el riesgo de desarrollar diabetes mellitus y en el pronóstico de la enfermedad. El trabajo incluye aspectos conceptuales generales del tema equidad en salud, y profundiza en el modo en el que cada uno de los determinantes sociales impacta en la susceptibilidad para el desarrollo de la diabetes mellitus, así como en el acceso a los servicios de salud de calidad, y, consecuentemente, en los resultados de salud. Adicionalmente, se incorporan algunos elementos que evidencian la peculiaridad que el tema adquiere en el contexto nacional. Se concluye que la inequidad social tiene una influencia directa en la situación actual de la diabetes mellitus a nivel global, de modo que reconocer sus implicaciones resulta imprescindible para orientar la formulación de estrategias y programas de prevención y control de esta enfermedad.

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          Social inequalities bring about effects that can be measured up in health losses. The social determinants in health such as gender, ethnics, incomes and education are beyond doubts the leading basis for health inequalities. Diabetes mellitus, one of the main global health problems owing to its epidemic behavior in the last few decades, is a disease heavily affected by social elements. The present paper was aimed at describing the influence of the various social determinants over the risk of developing diabetes mellitus and over the disease prognosis. It covered general conceptual aspects about equity in health and delved into how each of the social determinants has an impact on the susceptibility to developing diabetes mellitus, on the access to quality health services, and consequently, on the health outcomes. Moreover, it included some elements that evidence the peculiarities of this topic within the domestic context. It was concluded that social inequalities have a direct effect on the present situation of diabetes mellitus worldwide, so knowing its implications becomes indispensable to direct the drawing up of prevention and control strategies programs for this disease.

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              Over the past three decades, the number of people with diabetes mellitus has more than doubled globally, making it one of the most important public health challenges to all nations. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and prediabetes are increasingly observed among children, adolescents and younger adults. The causes of the epidemic of T2DM are embedded in a very complex group of genetic and epigenetic systems interacting within an equally complex societal framework that determines behavior and environmental influences. This complexity is reflected in the diverse topics discussed in this Review. In the past few years considerable emphasis has been placed on the effect of the intrauterine environment in the epidemic of T2DM, particularly in the early onset of T2DM and obesity. Prevention of T2DM is a 'whole-of-life' task and requires an integrated approach operating from the origin of the disease. Future research is necessary to better understand the potential role of remaining factors, such as genetic predisposition and maternal environment, to help shape prevention programs. The potential effect on global diabetes surveillance of using HbA(1c) rather than glucose values in the diagnosis of T2DM is also discussed.

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                [1 ] Instituto Nacional de Endocrinología Cuba
                Role: ND
                Revista Cubana de Endocrinología
                Rev Cubana Endocrinol
                Editorial Ciencias Médicas (Ciudad de la Habana )
                August 2013
                : 24
                : 2
                : 200-213


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