East End screening seminar 
offers diabetics assistance

Free community diabetes testing has again identified previously undiagnosed diabetics and found one diabetic whose condition was so serious, the person was urgently referred to hospital.

The screening in East End, organised by Rotary Central, was the culmination of a Grand Cayman-wide screening campaign that began in March.

Medical personnel, along with Rotarian and Cayman Islands Diabetes Association volunteers, helped test 58 people at the United Church hall in East End on 
Saturday, 18 June.

Of those 58, four found out for the first time they were diabetic.

In the mass screenings in April, 10 emergency cases were found among almost 700 people screened and more than 6 per cent were diagnosed as diabetics who did not know they had the disease.

Nurse Zelta Gayle, who was instrumental in organising the screenings, said the East End testing went “extremely well” and that people were lining up to get screened before the testing even got started.

“Ten diabetics were seen, five of which were uncontrolled and were referred to their general practitioner and also to a dietitian,” said Nurse Gayle.

“One of these uncontrolled diabetics was urgently referred to the hospital because of the extremely high blood sugar level and other nondiabetic condition that was also identified,” she said.

Nurse Gayle added: “It has been a very rewarding event. Because of this screening event, it is comforting to know that these individuals have been given the opportunity to enjoy a better quality of life because of their early diagnosis and before they have begun to experience the effects of diabetes on their vital organs.”

Health officials estimate about 6 per cent of Cayman’s population has diabetes.

Of the 58 people tested, four found out for the first time that they were diabetic.

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