Monday 20 May, 2019

Over 6% of population living with diabetes in Cayman- Diabetes Day

Did you know that over 6% of the island's population have been diagnosed with diabetes?

That’s according to local health officials who revealed that in the Cayman Islands approximately 6.69 % of the population have been diagnosed with the disease.

It is a diseases that is being highlighted as November 14 is World Diabetes Day.

This year the day is being observed  under the theme, “The Family and Diabetes”

It is a theme that is expected to carry over into 2019  which will place continued and focused attention on the impact that diabetes has on the family; to promote the role of the family in management, care and prevention and education of diabetes; and to support the network of those who are affected.

In recognition of the day, Minister of Health, Dwayne Seymour, urged Caymanians to increase their knowledge of this disease, particularly how it can impact life and how it can be prevented.

He noted that detecting diabetes early is the key to helping to prevent or delay life-threatening complications, with family support.

As part of pro-active efforts to raise awareness across the community of the risks surrounding diabetes, the Health Services Authority will mark World Diabetes Day by offering various screenings relevant to diabetes. From 8.30 a.m.-2.00 p.m.

Glaucoma screenings, blood sugar checks and cholesterol checks will be available in the Cayman Islands Hospital Atrium.

Also, information on diabetes and nutrition, as well as a range of exciting giveaways will be available. If you have doubts, or any cause for concern, regarding your status I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity.  All family units are encouraged to make this experience a family affair!

“I applaud the continued efforts of the Public Health Department, the Cayman Islands Diabetes Association and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens in keeping residents informed on the matter of diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases and their acts of selflessness through their ongoing community engagements. These efforts are a great example of their vested interest in the work that they do,” said Seymour.

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