Eat healthy

"A healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and saturated fats can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, and also help people to manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes if they have it." World Health Organization, 2016

 

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This informational graphic was originally published on the World Health Organization's website. It has been republished here with permission.

Halt the rise of diabetes

"In 2008, an estimated 347 million people in the world had diabetes and the prevalence is growing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. In 2012, the disease was the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of those occurring in low- and middle-income countries. WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030."
World Health Organization, 2016

Today, Thursday 7th April, we join the international community in recognising World Health Day. This year's campaign encourages us to "Beat Diabetes." The Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago states: "In 1980, Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in Trinidad and Tobago. Today, it is the second leading cause of death with approximately 140,000 persons aged 20-69 years living with the condition. This means that over the last 35 years, there has been a 350% increase in the number of people in our population who have developed diabetes"(Ministry of Health, 2016).

Be active

"Being physically active – through at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity activity on most days – can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and its complications, as well as help people to better manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes if they have it." World Health Organization, 2016

 

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This informational graphic was originally published on the World Health Organization's website. It has been republished here with permission.

What are the risks of diabetes in children?

by World Health Organization

candyThe frequency of diabetes is rising around the world, and studies are showing children are at increasing risk of developing the disease. About 350 million people worldwide have the illness, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years. Over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves - causing chronic problems and early death.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes (sometimes called insulin-dependent, juvenile or childhood-onset diabetes) occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. The cause is not known, but it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

4 things parents do that cause their children to secretly cry in the night

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Sometimes parents don't realize the impact certain behaviors have on their children. Loving parents don't want to harm their children physically or psychologically, but if you're not careful it can happen. These actions can cause those precious little souls you love so much to cry in the night, unbeknownst to you.

1. You allow your small children to see distressing news
Children don't have the experience to process news-reported tragedies. Everything becomes very real, like it happened next door or could happen right in their own house. Even if it could, little children should not be burdened by the possibility of it. They can be frightened to their very core. Watch what your children see on TV news and what you talk about in their presence.