Diabetes, a chronic disease caused by deficient or non-existing use of the sugar that the body needs, is considered to be one of the four non-infectious diseases that have the greatest impact on public health. According to the WHO type-2 diabetes will be a 21st-century epidemic and it is calculated that in 2015 the number of people affected in Catalonia will be close to 500,000.

In 1998, La Marató de TV3 was dedicated to diabetes and other metabolic diseases. The funds raised during the 14-hour telethon went to a total of 37 research projects on this group of diseases, with progress in the prevention, treatment and quality of life of the patients.



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