Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Doctor Merlene Fredericks has emphasised the importance of families encouraging and providing support to persons who are diagnosed with diabetes.
The CMO cited the example of someone who is newly diagnosed with the disease and has to go through some lifestyle changes, including a decrease in the intake of sugar.
“We are encouraging family members to support that individual,” Fredericks told the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Health.
“I know sometimes in the past when persons cook there would be like two different pots of food, one that is cooked with very low salt and another that is very tasty. So maybe the family can support that person. So the person needs to cut down on the sugars, cut down on the fats, cut down on the salt so instead of doing it for that one individual in the family, maybe the whole family can adopt that life style and that would help the person that is diagnosed in terms of maintaining and decreasing the severity of the diabetes. But it will also help the other members of family in terms of preventing them from going on to develop the condition,” the CMO explained.
Saint Lucia joined the rest of the world in observing World Diabetes Day on November 14.
World Diabetes Day was held under the theme, “The Family and Diabetes!”
Throughout the month of November, the Ministry of Health and Wellness will host a series of activities with the aim of sensitizing and educating the public about diabetes.