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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