Minister of Health Florian Bodog stated on Monday in the official opening ceremony of DiaEuro 2017 that the diabetes mellitus should not be an obstacle in practicing sports, and that movement is very important both in the prevention and treatment of diseases.
“I am here to participate in the futsal championship of patients with diabetes, to signal the fact that patients with diabetes do sports, can achieve performances and, at the same time, signal the fact that movement is very important both in the prevention and treatment of diseases. We stand besides patients with diabetes and this is the reason why I have been invited here today,” stated the Minister, who is attending the opening of the European Futsal Championship for People with Diabetes – DiaEuro 2017, that takes place at the Dinamo Sports Club.
Youth and Sports Minister Marius-Alexandru Dunca also encouraged persons with diabetes to exercise.
“We are at the second edition that we organise in Romania, we are European champions and I hope to be the third time this year. If we want to have good health, sport is paramount,” Dunca stated.
In order to prevent hypoglycaemic seizures, people with diabetes mellitus can also be helped by specially trained dogs that can smell glycaemia variations. At the opening ceremony of DiaEuro 2017, such a dog accompanied one of the participants coming from Portugal.
“It’s Portugal’s first dog of the kind, trained for this purpose. He goes everywhere with us, with the team, to all the competitions. We hope in the future this project be implemented everywhere in Europe and more dogs be trained. He has three methods by which he announces if there is a problem with the glycaemia: starts barking, touches your body or sits,” the Portuguese explained.
Florin Chivu is one of Romania’s players, he is part of the team for six years and has been diagnosed with diabetes 18 years ago. He brought to attention that glycaemia tests provided by the state are insufficient. In his opinion, sports can help many children who have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Between 16 and 23 July, Bucharest is, as a first, the host of the European Futsal Championship for People with Diabetes – DiaEuro 2017, a competition organised by the Federation of Diabetics’ Associations of Romania under the aegis of the International Diabetes Federation for Europe (IDF Europe).
Teams made up of persons with diabetes from 12 countries are to compete in DiaEuro 2017, in order to prove that the diabetes mellitus should not be an obstacle in practicing sports and those who have this disease can successfully engage in sports, competitions or recreational activities.