Dominica joined the rest of the world in observance of World Diabetes Day on Monday, under the theme 'Eyes on Diabetes'. According to a release, on that day, many countries take action to raise awareness on the issue of diabetes.
Diabetes is a non-communicable disease which involves a disorder of the metabolism causing excessive thirst and the presence of large amounts of glucose (sugar) in one’s blood.
This disease is caused by many different factors, two of which are obesity and high intakes of sugary and/or starchy foods with very little intakes of distilled (drinking) water. The National Youth Council of Dominica has joined those raising awareness of the disease this year.
In a statement, the council said this year’s theme focuses on the importance of screening, to ensure early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, to reduce the risk of serious complications. It urged everyone, and specifically young people, to be mindful and aware of their bodies.
NYCD Committee Member, Annel Lewis stated "I urge you to continue to rally around your schools, communities, districts and churches to raise awareness on diabetes and its effects on individuals. Engage in discussions about diabetes, go out on healthier lifestyle campaigns and let people know that diabetes doesn’t come from just a touch or a sneeze, rather, it comes from what we choose to consume. I wish everyone a healthy, diabetes free and active world diabetes day, and to encourage you all as young people, to engage in positive activities that will allow you to develop your interpersonal and social skills".
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