15% Of Mauritian Youngsters suffer from Diabetes
15% of Mauritian aged between 15 and 30 years old suffer from diabetes. Diabetes is a growing problem among all ethnic, age and socio-economic groups, but it has reached alarming proportions among Mauritian youngsters driven by factors including lack of exercise, obesity and a lack of health coverage and poor diet.
22% of Mauritian aged between 30 and 55 who had a blood sugar test are diabetics. Screening is very important among youngsters especially if they have a family history of diabetes as it prevents complications.
People suffering from diabetes are more prone to heart diseases and urinary problems caused when the kidneys are affected.
About Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, usually starts when the body cannot produce enough insulin or effectively use this hormone, which regulates the level of glucose in the blood. Type 2 diabetes represents between 90 to 95 percent of all cases of the disease. Complications include heart disease and stroke, hypertension, lower-limb amputation, eye problems, blindness and kidney failure.
The Mauritian Eating Habit
To solve the alarming problem of diabetes in Mauritius, youngsters should be educated from their early age on good eating habits. They should be told not to eat fast food and eat a balanced diet. Proper health education starts early.