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Diabetes rate too high

With 200 amputations said to taking place annually at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital, officials today warned that the local rate of diabetes remains too high.

Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation Cally Boyea sounded the warning, while calling for greater focus on early detection and prevention of the life-altering disease.

“In Barbados, this monitoring is of specific importance keeping in mind that approximately 20 per cent of our population is affected by diabetes,” he said.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St. John also cautioned that “the prevalence of diabetes in Barbados remains too high, with an estimated 25,000 Barbadians and residents diagnosed with diabetes”. Dr St John added that between 600 to 800 new cases were reported annually.

Describing it as a “national public health crisis”, the senior health official revealed that the Ministry of Health was looking to strengthen its non communicable disease (NCD) programme at the Sir Winston Scott Polyclinic, as well as to improve the services offered at Edgar Cochrane and St Philip polyclinics in response to the diabetes concern.

She said while she would love to see the eradication of NCDs, “Barbados will never be able to treat its way out of chronic disease”. Therefore, she stressed that “prevention is the key and wellness is the goal rather than management of illness”.

As part of activities marking World Diabetes Month in November, the Diabetes Association of Barbados and the Barbados Diabetes Foundation will be holding their annual 5K Fun Walk and Run.

The event, entitled, The Life with Purpose 5K Walk and Run, will feature local entertainers Stiffy Star Quality, Seth Xcel and JusJay.

Participants can also take part in a post-walk exercise with Delroy Sobers of Socbash Workouts.

4 Responses to Diabetes rate too high

  1. Hal Austin October 21, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Telling people the rate of diabetes is too high is irrelevant. Nudge them in to changing their lifestyles; introduce a sugar tax; get people walking more; remove VAT from fresh fruit and vegetables; increase the tax on spirits and other alcoholic drinks. Keep up the pressure on those people who eat embarrassingly massive amounts of food. And, tax all those sweet bread, black pudding and souse, and other unhealthy foods.

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    • Coralita October 21, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Who is responsible for your health, the government, non-governmental organisations or YOU?

      Who is supposed to police what people eat? If you can go where people eating, home or out and tell them to stop eating a plate piled up with food, go right ahead.

      Who is supposed to get people walking? If you love yourself you better stop being lazy and exercise. People don’t have to go to the gym. We have too many beaches, pastures and sidewalks bout the place that people can use to walk briskly.

      It is a known fact that some people who have diabetes do eat the wrong things and then take the tablet to correct the wrong, rather than sticking to their diet to maintain good health.

      I eat very healthily and I exercise and on numerous occasions while discussing my health regimen with some who may question me, you hear some say, yah gine still dedd so I eating wah I waan eat. People so ignorant, they don’t understand that we all have to die and that taking care of your health has more to do with quality of life, rather than extended life as we don’t know when we will depart this earth.

      People need to be held accountable for their health and stop blaming others. When I see you trying I can meet you halfway but I am not begging anyone to love themselves enough to take care of their own health.

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  2. seagul October 21, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Less soda More water.
    Less alcohol More tea.
    Less sugar More fruit.
    Less meat More vegetable
    Less driving, more walking
    Less worry, more sleep
    Less anger more laughter
    Less words more action.
    Live the life that you should
    A greenhouse can be made from bamboo or wood..
    Emancipate yourself from iniquity and luxury, a sense of identity is your soul.

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  3. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward October 21, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Hmmm and some complain and say our products dont have enough sugar, I believe bajans consume to much sugar.

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