14 – 20 June 2015

This week the Health Directorate will engage in promotional events to highlight the issue of Diabetes on Island and worldwide.

An information stall will be hosted in Jamestown market on Thursday 18 June between 10am and 2pm, offering general advice as well as diabetes screening to the public.  The screening offered includes blood glucose monitoring (finger prick test), blood pressure, height, weight and BMI (body mass index).  General information will be available on diabetes, obesity and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of premature death and physical impairment around the world. Diabetes Week is an annual event in the UK lead by Diabetes UK, which fundraises, improves awareness and campaigns for improved treatments and maybe even a cure.  The St Helena Health Directorate also takes this opportunity to raise awareness about the condition and its related complications.

Statistics for May 2015

At the end of May 2015, there are 696 registered diabetics on-Island, of which 391 are female and 305 are male. Of the 696 registered diabetics, 347 are under the age of 65.

Approximately 15% of St Helena’s population has some type of diabetes.  This compares to a figure across the UK of roughly 6%.

For further information contact the Community Nursing section on 22500

SHG

16 June 2015

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