It seems that very few nations in the world are escaping the diabetes epidemic . Anywhere that western way of life has flourished and replaced or eroded traditional means of existence appears to be suffering.
India and China are now two of the three major diabetes ‘hotspots’ in the world. Now, fresh news indicates that the problem has spread to the Cayman Islands, and the local people are having trouble accepting it.
The fact that many ethnic minorities are extremely prone to diabetes is widely known. In American, the Hispanic population has seen diabetes become rife. Similarly, the Indian population in the United Kingdom has a large diabetes problem. An expert from the Cayman Islands has said that many islanders will let the disease progress to disastrous levels before doing anything about it. This could include amputations, a serious deterioration of vision, and even strokes and heart attacks.
The Cayman Islands Diabetes Association spokeswoma, Lucy Martyr, identified the problem as being inherent to the culture of the Caymans. She termed the Cayman people ‘proud and private’ and afraid of the stigma attached to having diabetes. She emphasised the need for prevention and education as soon as possible. The association is holding a diabetes walkathon in November.

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