Diabetes checks celebrate Health Day

Thursday April 07, 2016 Written by Published in Health

As part of its efforts to address diabetes issues in the Cook Islands, the Ministry of Health will conduct free blood and diabetes check-up at all its health centres today to mark World Health Day.

 

Health promotion manager, Karen Tairea says World Health Day is a global health awareness day where people come together and promote the importance of establishing good health.

This year diabetes is the theme of the celebration and Tairea says it’s an opportunity to alert Cook Islanders about the importance of food safety and the part we all can play in ensuring that everyone feels confident about eating what they have on their plates.

 “The global prevalence of diabetes has been steadily increasing in the past few decades,” Tairea says.

“In the Cook Islands 23 per cent (almost one in four) of our adult population has raised blood sugar levels.

“In 2015 diabetes was the second main cause of death after cardiovascular disease - heart attack and stroke.”

The check-ups will be offered from 8am-12pm and members of the public are encouraged to make use of the free service, Tairea says.

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