Di­a­betes ‘dead­lier than can­cer’

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Health -

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.

(Pic­ture by Sandy Pitt.)

En­docri­nol­o­gist Dr Carlisle God­dard (left) and CEO of Pharma Well­ness In­ter­na­tional, Len­nox Prescod.

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