Guest Post on Diabetes Mine

A few months ago I was invited to write about “Life with Diabetes in Brazil” on Diabetes Mine Blog. For those who doesn’t know it, Diabetes Mine is one of the biggest diabetes themed blogs in the world. Take a time to explore it, there you’ll find the most different issues related to diabetes.

So, HERE is my Guest Post.

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Blue November – part 7: Social Media

This is the last post about the 2012 World Diabetes Day activities. The most important actions that the Blue Power did are written in those 7 posts about the WDD.

With this I leave here ideas that can be spread with a little bit of the experience I had making them, so feel free to contact me and ask anything about them.

This last action was purely virtual/digital made on the young leadership facebook page (created two years ago and has today 2.428 followers). I particularly appreciate social media because it improves communication between very distant places in Brazil. This is, for me, the best way we can connect people to share, learn and develop.

We combined different messages to call for attention on the internet:

1. Brazilian Flag – Let’s protect our blue!  311424_495979070435740_177081384_n

National Flag of Brazil

This image was made to be highly spread on social media on November 14th. It connects the blue circle on our national flag with the blue circle of diabetes. In which the message was to protect the color blue of our flag. Along with the picture was shared the following   text:

“ Brazil has 12 million people living with diabetes, 50% are undiagnosed! Today is World Diabetes Day, a day of spreading this message as much as we can so that these 6 million undiagnosed people are aware of their condition and those diagnosed search for their treatments goals in order to avoid complications and premature death. Share this image, stay tuned to the main symptoms of diabetes and make exams regularly! “


It reached 30. 613 people on Facebook, shared 558 times.

2. Countdown for WDD

A countdown was made during October and November reaching  13. 346 views in 18 publications. The message was “____ days for WDD” and the pictures had the “ (Act) United for diabetes”. Examples:


3. Give Away


A pin and a bracelet were given away on facebook. This activity reached 3.453 views and explained that the blue circle is the symbol of diabetes because, as the International Diabetes Federation says, “across cultures, the circle can symbolize life and health. Most significantly for the campaign, the circle symbolizes unity.” Also ” the blue border of the circle reflects the color of the sky and the flag of the United Nations.”

4. Post about the Blue Monuments

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Post about the Monuments in São Paulo city lighted in blue explaining why the monuments were blue. It had 3.138 views and the following text: “Worldwide locations are being illuminated by Blue World Diabetes Day. Pictured below are some monuments of the city of São Paulo. Share this post and help spread the blue lighting for diabetes!

 5. Publicizing

And at last, but not least, we empowered the dissemination of side events and interesting articles about WDD that Blue Power contributed, such as:

– Blue Power activities


– TV Show with Heloisa Fagundes, an influential youngster with type 1 diabetes, that you can check HERE.

– Magazines: The interview with the american football player and type 1 diabetic, Daniel Santamaria.


Blue November – part 5: Videos

The Blue Power task force helped organizing the SBD (Brazilian Society of Diabetes) flash mob. It took place on during an Endocrinologist Congress in Goiânia (Brazil) with more or less 70 participants and more than 530 views on Youtube. It was idealized by Juliana Baptista who was as well the coordinator of this action. You can check it in this link:

 The ADJ Diabetes Brasil also made a flashmob for WDD. A cheerful and fun event that you can check here:



For the second year ADJ won a prize for its flashmob! Congratulations to everyone involved!

Here are some ADJ flash mobs of previous years:

Blue November – part 4: WDD Blue Bike Tour

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November 11th we held the 1st Blue Bike Tour for the World Diabetes Day, in São Paulo city. We distributed glucose tablets (provided by Glicofast) and shirts for all entrants (provided by Roche, Accu-check, and just before getting started we checked the glycemia and warmed up with the guidance of  Prof. Junior.

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We cycled in line with a stop (halfway) to check blood glucose levels and make necessary corrections.

It was a great team, during the activity everyone respected each other limits and were concerned about the safety of the group. During the activity, besides calling the attention of the cars passing by, we were questioned by other people using the cycle track, at the departure and arrival point (with diabetes, health care professionals, friends of people with diabetes), about the event and the cause.

At the end of the activity we gave away squeezes and glucometer provided by Roche Diagnóstica, and ACCU-CHECK!


Can´t wait for the next Blue Bike Tour!!!!

Blue November – part 3: Connected in Motion


Saturday, 10/11/12, at Paulista Avenue in São Paulo, happened the Connected in Motion WDD Scavenger Hunt.

The event was held by the Blue Power task force for the World Diabetes Day in partnership with Roche Diagnóstica Brasil. This same Connected in Motion event was replicated in many parts of the world such as Ethiopia and USA.

Participants, in teams, were given a list of items that should shoot through the city, but could not use any type of transportation. This list included such challenges as shooting a person with type 2 diabetes in the street with the entire team, the team doing a different activity to lower blood glucose levels, the whole team with his feet off the ground (in the air), among others.

The activity took three hours of activity, starting from and ending on one of our most important Museums: MASP. After walking Paulista Avenue, lose calories, correct hypo-and hyperglycemia, with Roche´s support, we gave prizes like for the participant with most items in his clothes. The feedback was very positive and everyone left asking for the next Scavenger Hunt.

The Blue Power task force thanks Connected in Motion for allowing us to host this event!!!

Pink October

Pink October started in California, United States, in 1997 and the movement quickly spread its pink color to all corners of the world.

October is the month of breast cancer prevention and this blog is going pink to support this movement celebrated in the entire world!

Breast cancer is more than 100 times more common in women than in men, although men tend to have poorer outcomes due to delays in diagnosis.

An international team, writing in the British Journal of Cancer, examined 40 separate studies looking at the potential link between breast cancer and diabetes. These studies involved more than 56,000 women with breast cancer, showing that:

  • Post-menopausal women with Type 2 diabetes had a 27% increased risk of breast cancer. Among those who had not reached the menopause, breast cancer rates were no higher in Type 2 diabetics.
  • Type 1 diabetes, which originates in childhood and is not linked to unhealthy lifestyles, was not linked to higher breast cancer rates either.

The authors have also suggested that a high body mass index (BMI), which is often associated with diabetes, may be an underlying contributing factor.

Some symptoms of breast cancer includes:

 – swelling of all or part of the breast
– skin irritation or dimpling
– breast pain
– nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
– redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
– a nipple discharge other than breast milk
– a lump in the underarm area

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women, but need not to be so: the earlier the tumor is discovered, less invasive will be the  treatment and the greater the chances of a cure. In the initial stage of the disease, the expectation reaches 95%. So annual visits to gynecologist,  frequent mammograms (from age 40) and self-examination are essential.

Incidentally, it is worth remembering: the self-examination should not be done as the only form of prevention. When the tumor is detectable in self-examination, because it is already developed – on the other hand, benign nodules may be confused with cancer. Clinical examination and mammograms are therefore essential as part of routine female.

Self Exam:


ATTD LA – Influence of Social Media on Diabetes Treatment

September 7th is our national holiday to celebrate the independence of Brazil. At the same day started the ATTD LA, medical area congress to talk about Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes. It took place in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana.

I was invited to talk about how social media could improve diabetes treatment. The main goal was to show that some communities can promote social learning (collective experience) and help on diabetes treatment (individually).

No dia 07 de setembro celebramos a independência do Brasil. Neste mesmo dia começou o evento ATTD-LA, congresso médico sobre Avanços tecnológicos e Tratamentos do Diabetes, no Rio de Janeiro – Copacabana.

Eu fui convidada para falar sobre como as mídias sociais podem contribuir para o tratamento do diabetes. O objetivo era mostrar que comunidades podem promover conhecimento  (experiência coletiva) e ajudar no tratamento do diabetes (individualmente).


My visit to APDP in Lisbon

Last week I´ve been in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal.

The sweet friend (and IDF Young Leader  from Portugal) Julia Silveira indicated me to visit the APDP – Associação Protetora dos Diabéticos de Portugal – and get to know the first diabetes association in the world.

Me and Julia at the opening cerimony of the 1st African Diabetes Congress

APDP has 86 years old and a wide range of activities that you can check on their website.

There I met the nurse Lurdes who explained me how the APDP works, it´s history and a little bit about how young people from APDP are getting together to work on the “Núcleo Jovem”  (HERE you can acess their fan page at facebook).

This visit fulfilled me with inspiration and insights. Seems that everytime we learn something new we connect with different knowledges we have in our brain and it makes things (we never imagined it could) emerge.

Besides that it is extremelly inspiring for me to see people in a diferent context (culture) passionate about their beliefs, understand their dreams, see them doing things they love and feeling alive.

That´s what inspires me the most in life, meet people like Lurdes, knowing that there are people making the difference in the world. And this day she made a difference in my world by receiving me, teaching me and inspiring me by seeing her work.

Nurse Lourdes and Me