Teenaged Diabetics in Barbados shunning Medication: NCD at Chikungunya levels

A diabetic expert sees the growing cases of this Chronic Non Communicable Disease (NCDs) as the same urgency as if Chikungunya virus had again invaded this country. Her alarm is more on realising how it is creeping into the younger demographics of Barbados.

Podiatrist Simone McConnie showing the audience what is the best fitting shoe for not only diabetics but everyone, in her view, if we all wore sneakers there'd be fewer foot problems! A view the Bajan Reporter not only concurs but adds sandals as recommended gear too! :P

Podiatrist Simone McConnie showing the audience what is the best fitting shoe for not only diabetics but everyone, in her view, if we all wore sneakers there’d be fewer foot problems! A view the Bajan Reporter not only concurs but adds sandals as recommended gear too! 😛

Dr Diane Brathwaite was a contributor to the Barbados Diabetic Foundation’s interactive public lecture on treating diabetes as a Multi Disciplinary challenge. Dr Brathwaite was one of several officials gathered at Hilton Barbados.

She noted how her clinic is now receiving children with Type 2 Diabetes almost on a daily basis now. Also at the event was Dr Kenneth George, Sr Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health (MoH) who says in an overall capacity, Barbados has a diabetic prevalence of 7%.

She noted how her clinic is now receiving children with Type 2 Diabetes almost on a daily basis now. Also at the event was Dr Kenneth George, Sr Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health (MoH) who says in an overall capacity, Barbados has a diabetic prevalence of 7%.

Moderator Rosemary Alleyne from CBC TV8 confessed to the audience how she had to counsel an 18 year old to take their medication,they admitted they did not want their friends knowing they’re diabetic and be left out of activities.

On being posed by Bajan Reporter how cheap food items are usually full of salt or starch while healthier items tend to be expensive, Dr Brathwaite said it is time for Barbadians to start growing their own food and it has an extra benefit of creating exercise, in addition to saving money and eating healthy.

On being posed by Bajan Reporter how cheap food items are usually full of salt or starch while healthier items tend to be expensive, Dr Brathwaite said it is time for Barbadians to start growing their own food and it has an extra benefit of creating exercise, in addition to saving money and eating healthy.

Nutritionist Esther Selman said if diabetics know they have a soft spot for Coke, Sprite or chocolate then not only avoid it at the supermarket but do not buy it on seeing them – urge friends or family to accompany while on a grocery run and assist in resisting their temptation(s).

Dr Oscar Jordan in a comment from the audience says taking sugar from Barbadian diets is an uphill battle, when he coordinated the Barbados Association of Retired Persons to go on a salt reduction plan there was no end of cooperation, however, as soon as he wanted to draw attention for a similar initiative with sugar he met stumbling blocks if not outright resistance.

Dr Oscar Jordan in a comment from the audience says taking sugar from Barbadian diets is an uphill battle, when he coordinated the Barbados Association of Retired Persons to go on a salt reduction plan there was no end of cooperation, however, as soon as he wanted to draw attention for a similar initiative with sugar he met stumbling blocks if not outright resistance.

The BARP executive said his own journey with sugar has been a difficult path, when he was younger he’d use three spoons in his coffee and when he realised his countrymen were rapidly becoming diabetic he started a gradual reduction until he uses only a few grains now when sipping coffee.

The interactive lecture was the culmination of a two day conference which saw many local, Caribbean and global experts compare notes and share experiences – including the Vice President of the International Diabetic Federation, Anne Belton, RN who urged participants to attend the global seminar this December in Vancouver, BC.

 

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