The World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year on 14th November and is an opportunity to educate the Mauritian population on this disease, its impact and its complications. To mark this day, APSA in collaboration with Anchor Life, Lions Club Ebène and Radio 1 organised a free screening on Saturday 16th November at La City, Trianon. We also offered individualised advice from health professionals, games for children and free food tasting. In total 420 persons have benefited from the different services proposed on that day.
The theme for the World Diabetes Day 2019 was on Family and Diabetes. The International Diabetes Foundation is raising awareness on the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, and promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
In Mauritius, the situation is alarming when we know that 300,000 Mauritians are affected with the disease. In addition, our island is ranked among the top countries with the highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the world. It is therefore imperative to do the test regularly.
For the Founder and President of APSA, Audrey Hardy stated that, ‘Obesity and diabetes are closely linked. The rise of diabetes in Mauritius can be explained by the increase in the number of overweight people, and the sedentary lifestyle. If we want to prevent the progression of type 2 diabetes, we need to think about our daily lifestyle : eating a healthy diet, exercisig regularly, maintaining a normal weight and not smoking’.
‘Together with APSA against Diabetes’