Diabetes has spread through the pacific like wildfire, and it seems that few of the island nations have escaped. The spread of a bad western diet, and an unhealthy or indolent lifestyle, has resulted in shockingly high incidences of diabetes on many islands. The Marshall Islands has not escaped, and it is estimated that diabetes affects approximately 30 per cent of the population.
Treatment programmes are underway, however, with Canvasback Missions involved in diabetes healthcare on the islands. Fresh news today is that the US ambassador (Greta Morris), together with the RMI Minister for Health (Alvin Jacklick), and the founder of Canvasback Mission (Jamie Spence), unveiled a New Diabetes Wellness Centre in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Centre was funded by a grant of approximately $800,000 by the US Department of Defence.
The aim of the diabetes wellness program in the Islands is to lower the rates of diabetes by pushing forward lifestyle changes based around diet, education and exercise . Research will also be ongoing. The centre was built in the wing of an old hospital .

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