Diabetes continues to be a serious threat

BY MyVue News.com Staff Writer

Basseterre, Monday, 15th November, 2021, (MyVue News.com)-Top health officials in St. Kitts & Nevis are cautioning that diabetes is continuing to be a serious threat to the quality of life of citizens.

They said that the number of people living with diabetes in the country is also continuing to rise and they are urging citizens to take action to safeguard against the disease, which has been responsible for the death of many in the country.

Minister of Health, Akilah Byron-Nisbett has revealed that the number of cases recorded at community health centers between the period 2016-2020, increased by 603, with an average growth of 120 new cases annually.

The Health Minister said 60% of the patients have been females and 95.8% of known patients have Type 2 diabetes, with a 50% death increase from 2015-2018.

The World Health Organization, (WHO), has declared diabetes as the 7th leading cause of death worldwide.

They said that over 6.7 million people have died globally in 2021 from diabetes, or complications associated with the disease. There has been one death every 5 seconds worldwide.

There are also many people living with the disease but may not be aware of their status.

However, what is known, is that there are 537 million people in the world with the disease, with most of the annual increase in developing countries like St. Kitts & Nevis.

The threat will be more dangerous in years to come, as the figure is expected to rise to 643 million by 2030 and 743 million by 2045.

Diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. It is also known to result in the amputation of lower limbs.

Nisbett said diabetes, if not detected early, and properly controlled, the health consequences can be dire.

The Minister said that as the numbers rise each year, her ministry recognizes that they cannot fight the disease on its own, and needs greater support from the national community.

For this reason, the minister said they are grateful for the invaluable support that is being received from the National Diabetic Association, which is spearheading efforts for a week-long observance of diabetes awareness.

The main purpose of the week of events is to promote increased awareness about diabetes and to propel citizens to access essential primary health care services and to get citizens to take action that would help to mitigate implications from the disease.

The observance of the week started on Sunday, 14th November.

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