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Nov 13, 2015

A Fair to Celebrate Diabetes Month

Many persons don’t know they are diabetic and are therefore not being treated. The disease creeps in unexpectedly and can have far reaching health risks, at times fatal, if it is not treated. Among our small population, there are as many as forty thousand persons diagnosed with the disease but an equal number probably don’t know their status. Duane Moody was a fair today and learnt about the grim details of the silent killer. Here is his report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Worldwide, November is celebrated as diabetes month. And while awareness activities occur all year round, since the start of the month many events have been held to shed light on the many medical complications of the disease. Known as the silent killer, approximately forty thousand Belizeans are currently living with diabetes and there is possibly another forty thousand that don’t even know that they are inflicted with the disease, says PR Officer of the Belize Diabetes Association, Lovette Nunez.

 

Lovette Nunez

Lovette Nunez, PR Officer, Belize Diabetes Association

“Over the last two weeks, we started off with a walk and then last weekend, we had a ride out diabetes from Corozal to Belize City and then on the Sunday from Cayo to Belize City. Also it helps us to recognize the persons who are instrumental to us and it also gives our other partnering organizations—Kidney Association, Cancer Association, HECOPAB—an opportunity to come out and say we are all a team and we want to make the lives of Belizeans better. So it is not just about recognizing diabetes, but it is about recognizing people who have renal failure and other illnesses.”

 

Today at the Battlefield Park in downtown Belize City a fair was held to culminate the activities this year. Its main focus was to inform Belizeans about the various types of diabetes and how to live healthy lifestyles.

 

Lovette Nunez

“There are three types of diabetes. There’s gestational diabetes – when a mother is pregnant and diabetes sets in. That sometimes goes away, but it stays. There is type one diabetes or infantile diabetes where we have young children who are born with livers and pancreas that don’t function as properly and so those children have a lifestyle that they curve to live a good life. Stage-two diabetes is for people like me who think that I can eat all the sweets that I want, drink all the sodas, have all the candy and I don’t want to exercise. Not to say that I have not been able to curb my eating habits.”

 

The truth is that age does not matter when it comes to who is affected by diabetes and today, we saw both young and elderly persons getting tested.

 

Barbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett, Resident

“I was just passing through and I heard what was going on and I was just curious to find out what was going on and I took a diabetes test to see what was going on inside.”

 

Duane Moody

“What do you know that you need to do ensure that you keep your sugar down?”

 

Barbara Bennett

“I just to keep my diet, no sugary stuff and drinking more water…that’s the main one and I think everything will be alright.”

 

Tanisha Sosa

Tanisha Sosa, Resident

“In my family, I have firsthand experience of diabetics and I know how it works. I know it is important for everybody to come and get tested and just to know if they have diabetes or not, even young persons.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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