Focus on diabetes and obesity

Public health care professionals have been learning more about insulin management, as health officials raise concern about the high incidence of diabetes and obesity.

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Diabetes Education Task Force (DET) hosted the first training session in insulin management for public health care professionals last Thursday, bringing together doctors, nurses and pharmacists working in polyclinics islandwide.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joy St John, said the training was vital, given the continuing rise in both diabetes and obesity in Barbados.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Joy St John
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joy St John

According to her, statistics show that the prevalence of diabetes in Barbados had jumped from 14.9 percent in 2007 to 16.8 percent by 2012.

“We are going in the wrong direction,” she warned.

Dr. St John said she is also worried about the increasing level of obesity, as men, who previously lagged behind women statistically, are now catching up.

She noted that the DET brought “an element of rigour” to the challenge, focusing not only on training but also on monitoring, evaluation and research.

The DET is chaired by diabetes specialist Dr. Charles Taylor, with members drawn from the public and private sectors, as well as non-governmental organisations.

Senior Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kenneth George, told workshop participants that the training was part of a wider strategy within the Ministry of Health to address the challenges posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Dr. George highlighted another initiative, which he said will attempt to reach more people within communities.

He explained that the Ministry has teamed up with the Diabetes Association of Barbados and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) to train community leaders who suffer from chronic diseases to share information on prevention and control of NCDs with members of their communities.


Source: BGIS

4 Responses to Focus on diabetes and obesity

  1. Tony Webster August 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    This training is all to the good. However, the picture evidently refkects reported/ confirmed diabetics. Like “reported crime”…the reality is clearly much worse! And the “horse” has already bolted!

    This diabetic only realised my condition, after nearly losing a toe….as I was ignorant of the thirst/ hunger/ urination signals…and not to mention being overweight AND not exercising. .
    Where is the similar task-force, to pre-empt adults becoming diabetic? Even more importantly, where is a similar programme aimed at our school-age youngsters?

    Just look at pictures in the media ( including Ch-8), and see what many “sensible, mature adults” look like. The real numbers….must be really bad news….and increasing!

    Educate our primary-school bright sparks…so they can teach their parents!
    PS: I’m now 180 lbs, down from 234, by daily walking and dieting. So can you.

  2. Alex Alleyne August 2, 2015 at 10:13 am

    The cheapest and worst foods are “dumped” on us here in BDS by our neighbours and from further aboard . Bajans love to buy “Cheap” and are paying the cost in the long run. The Docs always put you on “drugs” because it a cheque for him/her every 3 months. Check out the sugar in the PINE HILL and GRACE juices . One 12 ounch can will sweeten about 2 gallons of water .

  3. Mike August 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Please take a look at those persons going around Barbados daily selling food. Let me know how healthy that food is. Look at the many fets out there and the alcohol consumption, take a look at the cost of the healthy foods in the Supermarkets and and let me know how serious we are about changing our life style. It will get worse before it gets better.


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