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Diabetes data troubling; warning issued for the BVI

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President of the BVI Diabetes Association, Jean Vanterpool has called for the adoption of healthier lifestyle practices in the territory, amid troubling global statistics on diabetes.

Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy, leading to sometimes deadly consequences.

In a media release issued today in observance of World Diabetes Day, Vanterpool quoted statistics from the International Diabetes Federation which reveals that there are 199 million people living with diabetes globally.

Diabetes is also listed as the leading cause of death among women in general, with one in 11 adults being diagnosed with the disease.

“These statistics are of great concern to all of us and the BVI Diabetes Association continues to work as an advocate in promoting better management of diabetes and prevention strategies, working along with other agencies, youth organizations, service clubs, and churches among others.”

While not revealing any statistics for the British Virgin Islands, Vanterpool said there is a grave need for the BVI community to seek to adopt healthier lifestyle choices such as eating properly, getting regular exercise and control or reduce their body weight.

The theme for World Diabetes Day this year is Women and Diabetes – Our right to a healthy future.

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  1. Reply says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 6 Thumb down 0

    One in 11 adults being diagnosed with diabetes. Repeat one in 11. Not surprised, but a worrying stat.

    Why not surprise. Our lifestyles leads to this as most diabetic being diagnosed are more likely Type II, the form that is acquired primarly from our diets and lack of regular physical activity.

    As a culture, we consume too much starchy foods. Every thing is laden with calories and sugar, and making matters worse, few of us partake in regular active exercise.

    Folks need to eat more fruits and vegetables, stay away from consuming too much red meat and opt for fish and chicken (non-fried), and decrease any alcohol consumption which is nothing but excess calories. Also, folks need to exercise or walk more. 30 minutes a day is all it takes.

    Too many women and men taking pride in being ‘big boned’. There is no such thing. Its mostly fat. Loosing weight or maintaining ideal weight for ones height is a challenge especially as we age.

    Nevertheless, each of us have to take charge of our health if we want to live long and healthy lives. Eating healthy combined with routine exercising is a must. If you cant afford a gym membership, walk.

    Exercise whereever you are be it at work sitting at your desk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from the grocery store, and force yourself to walk. Get active, and eat right and your chances of becoming a Type II diabetic decreases.

    And even if you are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, eating healthy and excercising regularly remains necessary to best manage your illness and avoid complications.

    We can do it folks. Just make the commitment to healthy living, and positive results will follow.

  2. E. Leonard says:

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    199 million people across the globe living with diabetes. That is a staggering number. Wonder how many people in the VI and in our sister regional countries are living with it. From observation, left alone, ignored, pretend we don’t have it …….etc diabetes can imposed havoc on the body, ie, amputations, loss of sight, renal problems……..etc.

    Nonetheless, it can be managed and lived with. Get tested (preventative healthcare), consult regularly with and listen to your physician, watch/change diet (stuff that we loved and taste good may no longer be good for us; moderation), exercise regularly, control weight, lifestyle change…..etc.

  3. Real says:

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    To summarise the above, get off your butts and do some exercise and don’t eat junk food. Its not rocket science.

  4. Conspiracy says:

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    High fructose corn syrup in every day foods and medicines such as sodas, juices, ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing, cough syrup and others which does not break down easily in the blood. Therefore, our blood is always thick and laden with this sugar, hence, diabetes. Of course, the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry will not tell you that. That would be bad for business.

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