Diabetes training for nurses and doctors

By Ministry of Health

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(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia continues to receive aid from a foreign based organization, focusing on diabetes management and treatment for the people of Saint Lucia.

After 15 years of service in Saint Lucia, the Ministry of Health & Wellness felt this year was necessary to highlight the support and positive impact the Saint Lucia Diabetes Project has had on the lives of Saint Lucians and by extension the Health sector. Saint Lucia Diabetes Project is a charitable organization from the UK which provides doctors and nurses with training and a wealth of knowledge to assist patients and individuals living with diabetes to better manage their condition. Mary Matthias is the Founder and chairperson for the Saint Lucia Diabetes Project.

“Coming here we are probably recreating what they already know but at least adding some extras of what we do in the UK. Cause diabetes is something which is worldwide and you can never have too much knowledge about diabetes, cause things change, medicines change, thoughts change, research brings out new things, new thinking and it is good to be able to impart these to other people to other health professionals and of course to patients by giving the health professionals what we know, they in turn will pass it on to patients because diabetes is something that is now worldwide and it is a big epidemic and of course little countries like Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean who doesn’t have the economic strength to fight this thing and even the big countries who have the economic strength they are having problems as well because of what is happening, what we eating, the changes that is happening in the world and generally with our health.”

The program commenced on Monday October 8th and will run for two weeks. Health professionals from the north of the island is currently in attendance at the Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre whilst Health Professionals from the South will be engaged at the St. Jude Hospital during the later stages of the two week stint. Meanwhile, the Trainer Jenny Bentley said this training will benefit Saint Lucia on a whole.

“There are a lot of diabetic patients in Saint Lucia, the diabetic clinics are extremely busy and we are trying to enable patients to do as much for themselves as they can to keep themselves as well as possible particularly to keep well, to avoid foot ulcers, to prevent hospital admissions.”

Bentley added that, lifestyle changes plays an integral role in preventing and controlling the disease.

“Healthy eating is a huge part of this, it is one of the main things we are focusing on at this training. So it is not just what you eat but the portion control size as well. Things like how much exercise you get because with people as they get older obviously aren’t mobile but they do need to keep moving because inactivity is another risk factor with diabetes.”

Bentley went on to say how ecstatic she was, knowing that St. Jude Hospital has recorded a reduction in amputations. She applauds Saint Lucians for implementing the self-management strategies in their daily lives.


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  1. I was diagnosed as type 2 last year, my weight was 125kg, my doctor wanted me to start insulin and encouraged a diet with an alarming amount of carbs, so I went to boots and bought a blood sugar tester that I used every day, and started on a Atkins type diet. I.e no carbs..... and when I say no carbs I really mean none. So lots of meats and fish, eggs etc. I also got some useful information here http://mydiabetesway.com/the-16-best-foods-to-control-diabetes I gradually started loosing weight at a rate of 3kg per month and Im now 94kg, I have never taken insulin and in a few months I will be my target weight. my lifestyle can never go back to carbs, but I can have some nowerdays without my blood sugar increasing, so if I want a curry I can have a Nan bread with it but no rice chips etc. And to be honest when you cut out carbs you can eat a lot of really tasty things that help lose weight a fry up without the beans is fine, lamb chops and kebabs without the bread etc. The only downside is because of the extra fat intake I need to be doing daily cardio. I really believe doctors are offered too many incentives by drug companies and tend to love writing prescriptions instead of encouraging a positive change in our lifestyles.

    • It is not protocol to start a type 2 diabetic immediately on insulin. Good thing you had your wits about..

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