Gloomy Barbados diabetes picture | Caribbean Life

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As Barbadians observed World Diabetes Day this week they had to come to grips with the fact that their rate of affliction by this disease is double the world average.

The island’s alarming statistics show that one in every five persons has diabetes, and what is worse is that the rate at which people contract diabetes in Barbados has been on an upward trend over the years with no end in sight.

“Our prevalence rate of diabetes is increasing as our rates of obesity,” said Clinical Director of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, Dr. Diane Brathwaite, as she pointed to a 2015 study showing that 19 percent of persons on the island aged 25 and older have diabetes.

The ratio gets worse when those over 65 years old are examined…

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