BRIEFS Sorry for immigration crisis
PORT OF SPAIN– The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has apologised for the chaos that occurred at the Piarco International Airport on Sunday due to a shortage of immigration officers.
According to the authority, the situation was brought to its attention after only two immigration officers were on duty. The Ministry of National Security, under which the Immigration Division falls, sent in additional staff and operations resumed as normal but not before some passengers spent five hours in the arrivals line. (CMC)
treatment and care, particularly in developing countries. Socioeconomic inequalities expose women to the main risk factors of diabetes, including poor diet and nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco consumption and harmful use of alcohol.
A call has therefore been made “to empower women and girls with easy and equitable access to knowledge and resources to strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes in their families and better safeguard their own health.”
“Promoting opportunities for physical exercise in adolescent girls, particularly in developing countries, must be a priority for diabetes prevention,” is listed among the priorities mentioned by the WDD producers.
Today, as the focus turns to women and diabetes, people will be considering approaches to reduce the prevalence of the non-communicable disease. In Barbados, the national response includes having an operational policy along with other strategies and action plans to reduce physical inactivity, overweight and obesity.
But, a study announced in 2014 is also worthy of note. According to a report in THE NATION newspaper, researchers hope the study will lead to a reversal of Type 2 diabetes among Barbadians. The Barbados Diabetes Reversal Study is being funded by Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit foundation of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and is undertaken by Professor Nigel Urwin, chair of population health sciences at the Chronic Disease Research Centre, and a team at the University of the West Indies, in collaboration with the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and Diabetes Association of Barbados.
Amid efforts such as these, women in Barbados need to pay attention to the risk factors and employ preventative methods. It must be borne in mind that 70 per cent of type 2 diabetes can be prevented adopting a healthy lifestyle.
But a woman’s importance in the fight against diabetes is not only seen from the perspective of her personal health but also from the point of view of her ability to influence the health of others.
The WDD creators say women, as mothers, have a huge influence over the long-term health status of their children. “Women are the gatekeepers of household nutrition and lifestyle habits and, therefore, have the potential to drive prevention from the household and beyond.”
DIABETES – a term that is dreaded by many. It is a lifelong condition that causes increased blood sugar levels. This condition can also cause other serious health problems such as damage to your eyes, kidneys and nerves. Diabetes can also increase the risk for heart disease, hypertension, stroke and removal of limbs.
There are two main types of diabetes; type 1 and type 2. With type 1 diabetes the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that release insulin. When insulin is absent, cells cannot absorb glucose, which is needed to produce energy.
Type 2 diabetes is more common. When this condition is present the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells are unable to use insulin in the right way.
Healthy food choices are key in diabetes management. In this article, we look at some of the foods recommended to help control and prevent diabetes.