Nicholas Gerasimenko: Vladimir Fedorenko / RIA Novosti
United Russia and a member of the state Duma Committee for health protection Nikolai Gerasimenko, who advised patients with diabetes to lose weight, recanted his words and said that he was allegedly misread. This he told TASS.
According to the Deputy, speaking about losing weight, it is meant the prevention of disease, not its treatment. “I just warned the MPs that we need to deal with prevention, to prevent the occurrence and development of diabetes. It was just about prevention, not about that man health, losing weight,” said Gerasimenko. He added that the increase in the number of people with diabetes in the country over the last 25 years is primarily linked with poor diet and excess weight.
Earlier during his speech in the Duma, Gerasimenko said he knows a few MP with diabetes who took insulin, and then lost 30-40 pounds and supposedly no longer need the medication. He noted that those “who do not want to get sick with diabetes mellitus”, it is necessary to drink tablets, and “deal with them”.
Earlier the Deputy from “Fair Russia” Fedot Tumusov has drafted a bill on support of Russians with diabetes and offered not only to provide citizens with the insulin, but also to implement preventive measures, social, economic and medical support. The draft law was rejected by the “United Russia”, Gerasimenko his speech explained the party’s decision.
According to official data, from 2015 to 2017 the incidence of diabetes increased by 23 percent. By the end of 2017, the diabetes was from five million Russians. Thus by 2019, many insulin-dependent patients, including children, were left without the free drugs. Also, the country has an acute shortage of endocrinologists.
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