Diabetes ‘deadlier than cancer’
Cancers may be more visible, but according to an endocrinologist, diabetes-related illnesses are deadlier.
Dr Carlisle Goddard is urging Barbadians to be up-to-date with their cholesterol blood sugar levels from an early age to avoid developing the non-communicable disease.
“It makes no sense shying away from the fact that as you pass 35 – it’s not even 40 any more – you need those health checks,” he said.
“Don’t say, ‘I’m slim or bony, I’m good’, because the slim and bony die too. Because our genetic pool in the Caribbean is so mixed, we are all at risk.”
Goddard was speaking during the Business Of Health Conference organised by Pharma Wellness International in collaboration with the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) and the Endocrine Centre Inc. at Solidarity House on Wednesday.
He said though cancer was more in your face, diabetes complications were very slow and calculated and people needed to pay just as much attention to the disease.
“Diabetes is smouldering: it takes a toe, it takes an eye… it takes lack of interest in life, and by the time those things add up you realise, ‘I’m in serious trouble’. So it’s not as pointed as cancer but it’s far more deadly than cancer,” he said.
“More people die from diabetes-related or heart-related diseases than cancer but because cancer is so in our faces, we identify easier with cancer,” he said.
Chief executive officer of Pharma Wellness, Lennox Prescod, said there was an improvement in the health of about 1 500 people from 40 companies with its programmes.
The programme provides tests for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, body mass index and weight. Members are given tips on how they can improve their health.
Prescod said this has helped the companies save money and the individuals to become more productive.
Endocrinologist Dr Carlisle Goddard (left) and CEO of Pharma Wellness International, Lennox Prescod.