Diabetic screening to start in all districts


07-February-2012

Shoppers availing of the Saturday screening exercise to check their blood sugar level

This was announced by Health Minister, Dr Erna Athanasius, over the weekend at the launch of a diabetes screening activity in town.

The event was held at the Orion Mall where many shoppers took the opportunity to check the sugar level in their blood.

Present at the launch were health principal secretary, Dr Bernard Valentin, as well as other high governmental officials and staff of the Ministry of Health.

Dr Athanasius said in Seychelles more than 6,000 people are living with diabetes, adding that many more have the disease but are not aware as they have not been screened.

She said there are evidence that people can live with diabetes without developing any further complications, “but they must live a healthy life which includes exercise and a good eating habit”.

The minister encouraged those who are still in good health to keep up with the healthy lifestyle and to do regular check-ups to ensure they are still diabetic free.

Dr Athanasius also took the opportunity to advise people on how to control their diabetes. She said a diet low in fat, salt and sugar, but high in fibre is vital, adding that diabetic patients should also control their intake of alcohol.

Apart from getting themselves screened for diabetes, people who took part in the activity were able to talk to health officials on how they can live a healthy lifestyle. There were also leaflets with dietary advice for people living with diabetes.

Dr Athanasius also thanked the Lions Club of Paradise Seychelles for their partnership.

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