Morning Session-Diabetes Conference 2016

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“Digging Deeper”: Looking at Men, Testosterone, Pre-diabetes and Diabetic Foot



Some of the audience members at the 2nd Annual Multidisciplinary Diabetes Conference 2016 at the Savannah Hotel.

With the attendance of more than 100 Health professionals, the 2nd Annual Multidisciplinary Conference welcomed UK based Endocrinologist, Professor Hugh T. Jones to give Key address on “Testosterone and Diabetes in Men” at the Savannah Hotel’s Hastings Conference room.

However, before his presentation, a representative from Ministry Health and Acting Chief Executive Officer, Cally Boyea who spoke about the present “diabetes epidemic” in Barbados.  Mr. Boyea who emphasized that “there is no facility in the Barbados or the Caribbean which offers the treatment for persons living with diabetes like The Barbados Diabetes Foundation”.  With the Ministry of Health official reporting “19 percent of the Barbados population is diabetic or pre-diabetic” and further admitted that with “global Health expenditure of diabetes reaching over USD 300 billion dollars and likely to reach just USD 500 billion dollars”, the public health sector is unable to “sustain the care for the growing number of diabetics”.

High Numbers Staggering 

Although most in medical field like to refer to diabetes as a “disease”, it is affecting the local population in a significant way.  Dr. Diane Brathwaite, clinical director of The Barbados Diabetes Foundation give her presentation which examined the importance of screening and treating of people with pre-diabetes.  Using 2015 statistics from Ministry of Health, “it was was reported 18.7 percent of the Barbadian population are diabetic while 40 percent are pre-diabetic”.   With Western countries like United States, its population is faced with women leading in numbers of obesity and being physically inactive.

Changing Culture, Mass Screening Needed

Dr. Brathwaite spoke to her fellow medical practitioners and allied health professionals about growing trend, high incidences of people being diagnosed with pre-diabetes and the fact that “11 percent of these individual will be developing Type II diabetes in the future”.

But with present cultural traditions of “everything being sweet”, Dr. Brathwaite admitted that it was important to have “mass screenings for those who are at risk or pre-diabetic”.


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