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“Healthy Living starts at Breakfast” theme for World Diabetes Day

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President of the St. Lucia Diabetic and Hypertension Association, George Eugene

President of the St. Lucia Diabetic and Hypertension Association, George Eugene

PRESS RELEASE – The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA), the International Diabetes Federation and millions of individuals arou

nd the world this Friday, November 13, 2015, are joining to recognize World Diabetes Day, the primary global awareness campaign for diabetes.

This year’s World Diabetes Day theme, Healthy Living starts at Breakfast, focuses on diabetes education and prevention, urging all people in the community to check and monitor their weight, BMI, blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure levels. On Friday 13th from 9am to 12pm, the HSA will be offering these checks for free at the HSA GT Hospital Atrium in the hopes of raising awareness for diabetes prevention in the Cayman Islands. In observance of the theme, all screening participants will receive a light, healthy breakfast, partially sponsored by Fosters Food Fair.

“It is hoped that campaigns such as World Diabetes Day will continue to raise the profile of diabetes and move those with or without diabetes in the Cayman Islands from awareness to action” says Tamara Riley, HSA Community Dietitian. “Optimal management, education and prevention are key components of diabetes care, and campaigns like these are vital for disease prevention”

The HSA also encourage the community to wear blue this Friday, “wearing blue is an initiative set up by the International Diabetes Federation to bring attention to World Diabetes Day, and to advocate and bring awareness for diabetes and the people living with it. This year, we want to rally the community by asking people to wear blue this Friday.” said Simone Sheehan, HSA Community Dietitian.

350 million people are at high risk of developing diabetes and it is predicted that by 2035, close to half a billion people will live with diabetes worldwide. The HSA advises that following simple lifestyle measures are effective in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, enjoying physical activity at least 30 minutes 5 days a week plus consuming a healthy diet by reducing intake of sugar, fats and increasing fibre.

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