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SLFS Responding To Hundreds Of Diabetes-Related Emergencies Monthly

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With Diabetes affecting about ten percent of the Saint Lucia population, the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) records responses to hundreds of emergencies related to the disease monthly.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Manager Fernando James explained that complaints regarding high and low blood sugar and their effects prompt some emergency responses.

Station Officer James called on Saint Lucians living with Diabetes to pay attention to their diet and exercise, and follow their doctor’s regimen.

His remarks came in a message marking World Diabetes Day on Tuesday.

A Health Ministry statement on the occasion urged Saint Lucians to get tested for Diabetes, among the country’s four leading causes of death.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimates that 537 million people worldwide currently have Diabetes, but half are unaware.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Most St. Lucians with diabetes – do not test their glucose levels as they should. Every diabetic should also possess a testing glucose monitor so they can test their glucose levels.

    Having diabetes can lead to serious health problems called “complications of diabetes.”
    They include heart disease and stroke, kidney problems, nerve damage, problems with
    eyesight, sores and skin infections on feet, and gum disease that can lead to loss of teeth.

    You guys need to take care of yourselves as St. Lucia with only 238 sq. miles has a seriously high percentage of diabetics based on worldwide statistics You all need to read and research as much as you can and follow a treatment plan for your own well-being. Godspeed.

  2. Re Article,. When your diet is being compromised because of the Lark of money, poverty and malnourished children and adults alike, created our current problems with the respiratory issues..
    We can no longer afford to live with the current slave wages system.. How many more people will die prematurely if we don’t raise the pay scale $10+ per hour based on hours worked..
    Too many young people are going without a proper diet due to the shortage of disposable income.
    The young people die by the Gun’s and the old by malnourished.. Folks, Demand better wages otherwise we will need more cemeteries..
    Stop dancing on the streets and take care of yourself and your family. Stop following the people that are fooling Us..

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