BRIEFS Sorry for im­mi­gra­tion cri­sis

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By MARVA COSSY

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.

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