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World Diabetes Day
Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Ministry of Health joins the rest of the world in observing World Diabetes Day (WDD) on November 14, 2010.  The WDD campaign slogan for 2010 is 'Let's take control of diabetes. Now’ and seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of the warning signs of diabetes and promote action to encourage early diagnosis
  • Raise awareness of and promote action to reduce the main modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes
  • Raise awareness and promote action to prevent or delay the complications of diabetes.

 

The warning signs* of diabetes include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Frequent infections
  • Lack of interest and concentration
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu)
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • A tingling sensation or numbness in the hands or feet

*These can be mild or absent in people with type 2 diabetes.  If you show these signs, seek medical attention!

There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes. They include:

  • Obesity and overweight
  • Lack of exercise
  • Previously identified glucose intolerance
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Increased age
  • A family history of diabetes
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • A history of gestational diabetes
  • Ethnicity - higher rates of diabetes have been reported in Asians, Hispanics, Indigenous peoples (USA, Canada, Australia) and African Americans.


If you think you are at risk of type 2 diabetes, get tested!

 

On World Diabetes Day, the Ministry of Health is calling on all citizens to:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Early diagnosis saves lives.
  • Diabetes prevention and treatment is simple and cost-effective. Put it on top of the agenda.
  • Your child could be affected. Know the warning signs. See your doctor to measure the risk.
  • Enjoy an active life and prevent complications.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Diabetes, hypertension and other chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) are increasing rapidly in the developing world.  The prevalence and mortality rates of CNCDs in the Caribbean are among the highest in the world.  CNCDs account for 2/3 of deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean region.  It is estimated that the number of diabetics in Latin America and the Caribbean is 20 million.  In the Caribbean region the prevalence of diabetes is more common in females than in males.


In Trinidad and Tobago 1 in 8 (may be 1 in 5) of all adults has diabetes.  Diabetes is more prevalent in the East Indian group than other ethnic groups.  33% of African patients attending the public health facilities are both diabetic and hypertensive.


According to the Population and Vital Statistics Reports, Central Statistical Office (CSO), the deaths due to diabetes as a percentage of total deaths in Trinidad and Tobago is as follows:

 

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

Diabetes Mellitus
 

12.2%

12.6%

13%

13.6%

13.4%

13%

14%

13.9%



         
         

 

 

 

 





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