Obesity puts Caribbean women at risk for Diabetes


The change in lifestyle has hit women more compared to men and this explains the reason for higher incidence of diabetes among women, according to endocrinologist A. Mythili.Delivering an awareness talk on: "Diabetes - Prevention and Care", organised by The Hindu on the occasion of World Diabetes Day, on Tuesday, she said 56 % of the diabetics in State were women.

As part of one of the largest surveys carried out by the charity, over 700 people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds from across Scotland shared their experiences of living with diabetes today, and what their hopes and fears were for the future.

The findings showed that emotional wellbeing stood out as a major factor for respondents, with three in five (64 per cent) saying they often or sometimes feel down due to their condition.

How can you tell if you have diabetes? Alarmingly, only 28.7% of Scots said they definitely felt in control of their diabetes.

Addressing the gathering, EAC Lobsang Tsetan spoke on how performing physical activity on regular basis may help prevent the disease. "Poorly controlled blood glucose in young people with type-2 diabetes means looking at frequent hospitalisation and higher co-morbidities and complications like kidney failure in the 30s".

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"This new research brings to light the isolation that can come from managing an invisible condition, and how living with diabetes can be detrimental to a person's emotional wellbeing without the right support". This should include core training in mental health skills for all healthcare professionals working in diabetes, including Global Positioning System and specialists. Remember, you are the most important member of your diabetes care team.

There are 70 million adults in India with diabetes, which affects 422 million people worldwide.

The vast majority of those affected have type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and lack of exercise, and the epidemic is spreading particularly fast in poorer countries as people adopt Western diets and urban lifestyles. When I look back now, I had an eating disorder.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin and there is no cure to the condition, reported the Times of India.