For over 5 years Diabetes has been considered an “epidemic” throughout the Bahamas. It is the fifth-leading cause of death for all ages locally with a rate of 29.2 deaths per 100,000 persons annually. (this in 2012)
In 2015 a study was conducted by the IDF (International Diabetes Federation), which showed that 6.7 % of the local Bahamian population, which is about 23000 people were pre-diabetic, and that 36000 (9.2%) were actually diabetic. Somehow we are leading the world with a huge amount of diabetics per capita. As Dr. Graham Cates states, ” the disease is multifactorial. … lifestyle is one of the leading causes of diabetes, but there is also a genetic predisposition”. In the Bahamas genetically we have a likelihood towards diabetes, and add that to our not so great food and lifestyle choices, we are a diabetes “time-bomb“.
Luckily there are amazing places where we can go as Bahamians to educate ourselves about Diabetes, how to prevent it and how to live with it if we already have it.