The Diabetes Center at Hospital da Luz Lisboa offers personalized and differentiated care resulting in optimal management of the disease. 

It is estimated that near 387 million people around the world have diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to 592 million by 2035 (International Diabetes Federation, 6th IDF Diabetes Atlas, 2013).

In Portugal, the number of diabetes cases has doubled over the last 20 years. The Observatório Nacional para a Diabetes [National Diabetes Institute] estimated in 2013 that 13% of Portuguese citizens, between the ages of 20 and 79 years old, had diabetes. When considering only the over 60 age bracket, this percentage was as high as 27%.

Complications in various organs from diabetes are responsible for a considerable decrease in the quality and lifespan of its sufferers. The Observatório Nacional para a Diabetes has calculated a loss of 7.1 years of life in individuals with diabetes under the age of 70 years old.

In developed countries, this disease is the main cause of blindness, terminal renal insufficiency and non-traumatic amputation. It is also a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

The management of diabetes should be focused on the patient. This approach contributes to a solid understanding of the priorities needed to live well with the disease and the development of self-management techniques that support real changes in behavior and lifestyles.

Initiating treatment is a fundamental step in this process, and, given the clinical experience of our professionals, it may be adapted appropriately to suit the specific characteristics of each patient. Treatment should be geared not only towards monitoring glucose levels, but also towards controlling other important risk factors, such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

In defining a therapeutic, nutritional and educational strategy for effective treatment and self-vigilance implies close articulation among the medical team involved.

At the core of the Diabetes Center is a team of specialists that includes endocrinologists, nutritionists and nurses, prepared to provide long-term supervision and management of the disease. In order to attain a precise, comprehensive diagnosis, and strict monitoring of diabetes-related complications, consultations at the Center also collaborate with other clinical specialties within the Hospital.

The team work of these medical professionals guarantees optimal monitoring of diabetic patients.

Coordination of the Diabetes Center at Hospital da Luz Lisboa:
Dr. Francisco Sobral do Rosário