Sète: an itinerant truck comes to meet people with diabetes

The Diabète Occitanie Diabsat program allows patients to ensure their follow-up consultations. Several stages took place in the Thau basin, including one in Sète on Friday January 14

Diabète Occitanie’s first Diabsat campaign in Hérault began last November. Before ending in February, it stopped in several municipalities in the Thau basin: Balaruc-les-Bains, Gigean, Frontignan and the Island of Thau in Sète on Friday. This is not a diabetes screening campaign but an itinerant device that allows diabetics to benefit from screening examinations for chronic complications in order to prevent or delay them. “In the follow-up of diabetes, there are screenings to be done once a year which require going to see several specialists, not being too far from the healthcare offer and being able to travel, explains Coralie Gachet Lemozit in charge of mission to Diabète Occitanie. We are therefore going to rural areas but also to outlying districts.”

Four examinations performed

The truck, equipped with specific equipment, makes it possible to offer four examinations: a retinal check-up with a non-mydriatic retinograph, screening for arterial disease in the lower limbs (checking the good circulation of blood in the legs), a podiatric check-up with evaluation the risk of foot wounds as well as a renal assessment with determination of albumin in the urine. “Our big mission, too, is to make patients aware of having these follow-ups on a regular basis.” These examinations are carried out by a nurse then transmitted to a diabetologist and an ophthalmologist who interpret them and send the report to the attending physician and to the patient.

Diet plays a big role in the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Ten people received

Previously accessible to the general public, this Diabsat program now only operates by appointment. Health crisis obliges. On the territory, the passage of the truck was carried out in conjunction with Florence Pucheral, nurse coordinator of the Professional Territorial Health Community (CPTS) of the Thau basin and, in Sète, with the deputy health delegate Jocelyne Gizardin. “It seemed to them that there were strong needs on the island of Thau.” It worked since eight patients, referred by doctor Samir Khellaf, benefited from this follow-up on Friday at the Île de Thau. Two other people, who came spontaneously, were able to be examined by Gaëlle Legrand, the nurse present.

A disease that progresses

Type 2 diabetes affects 95% of patients. “The population is more and more sedentary, eats in an unbalanced way and gains weight. It is mainly lifestyle habits that explain it as well as genetic factors unlike diabetes 1 which is an autoimmune disease which we do not don’t know all the mechanisms” says Diabetes Occitanie diabetologist Marie-Christine Chauchard. Both -types 1 and 2- progress each year. “The recommendations of the High Health Authority are to screen for complications annually. It’s a bit heavy for diabetics so the truck allows patients to have an up-to-date report in a unit of time and place. It’s facilitator.” In France, in 2020, 3.5 million people were treated for diabetes.

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