Get screened for diabetes

 

Island-wide diabetes screenings will be held on Saturday, 10 March. 

For the second year in a row, Rotary Central is hosting screening stations at eight locations throughout Grand Cayman. 

Last year, several people who were screened for diabetes for the first time discovered they were already diabetic or were at high risk of developing diabetes. 

“During the past year, almost 1,000 individuals were screened as part of the Club’s diabetes initiative … and many undiagnosed and uncontrolled diabetics were identified,” said Zelta Gayle, and nurse and chairwoman of Rotary Central’s diabetes initiative. 

“The prevalence of diabetes continues to increase at an alarming rate worldwide,” she said. “It is expected that during the 21st century, this chronic lifestyle disease will affect one in every three people of the islands of the Caribbean.” 

Over the weekend of 3-4 March, 30 medical professionals took part in a diabetes educators course, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists and dietitians.  

The course, which targeted health professional who actively work with a large number of people suffering from diabetes, was led by registered nurse Andrea Hunt, a certified diabetes educator. 

Following the course, the 30 participants took part in a pinning ceremony to recognise their efforts to tackle the rising numbers of diabetes cases in Cayman and the Caribbean region. 

Ms Gayle said: “Diabetes and its complications are among the five leading causes of death worldwide. It is therefore important that people with diabetes be taught self-management skills in order to reduce the risk of complications from this disease. Self-management skills can be best taught by clinicians trained as diabetes educators. Unfortunately, there are few persons with this skill in the Caribbean.” 

She said diabetes self-management education was a vital step in helping people deal with diabetes or pre-diabetes. 

An education team consists of a diabetes educator, a doctor, dietician and other specialty providers who are trained to provide accurate, effective and culturally sensitive education to people with diabetes in the Caribbean.  

“By working as a member of a diabetes management team, the diabetes educator will improve the care that patients with diabetes receive by empowering the patient to make the necessary behavioural changes they need to manage their disease more effectively,” Ms Gayle said. 

People can get screened from 10am to 2pm at the following locations Saturday: Cost U Less, Foster’s Airport, Foster’s Strand, Foster’s Countryside, Foster’s Republix, Hurley’s Supermarket, Kirk’s Supermarket and AL Thompson’s. 

Further screenings will be done in East End at a later date. 

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