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Over 50,000 Belizeans have diabetes

By Benjamin Flowers

The Belize Diabetes Association (BDA) said this week that it is concerned that the number of Belizeans with diabetes reportedly exceeds 50,000.

BDA President, Anthony Castillo, during the World Diabetes Day health fair on Tuesday, said the new data coming out of the International Diabetes Federation shows that diabetes is on the rise world wide, including Belize.

Diabetes association encourages early detection through testing

Diabetes association encourages early detection through testing

“We just got updated information from our International Diabetes Federation that says that 425 million persons worldwide are now living with diabetes. Even here in Belize there is an increase. Our last numbers stated that 14.3 percent of Belize’s population were living with diabetes; I think we have now moved to 15.7,” Castillo said.

The new figure, would mean that there are some 58,450 persons living with diabetes in Belize, which Castillo says is a major factor behind the collaborative work the BDA is doing with health sector stakeholders, such as the Ministry of Health, in coming up with ways to address the problem.

Primary school students learn about living healthy lifestyles

Primary school students learn about living healthy lifestyles

The BDA’s health fair was held under the international theme “Women and Diabetes,” to salute the role that women play in both the prevention efforts and treatment of those with diabetes.

In August, Minister of Health Pablo Marin said that his ministry would be actively trying to ban the sale of soft drinks in schools, to help protect students from an excess of sweets which could lead to an early onset of Type 2 diabetes. Director of Health Services, Marvin Manzanero, confirmed that the ministry had already begun a gradual shift, by halting the sale of sodas in their health centers and other facilities country wide.

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