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Rise In Diabetes Cases Among iTaukei Population

Rise In Diabetes Cases Among iTaukei Population
Medical practitioners from all over northern divsion at the primary health care practitioners training on diabetes management at Friendly North Inn in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU
April 25
08:41 2016

Diabetes is tremendously increasing among the iTaukei population, says Diabetes Fiji chair, Dr Wahid Khan.

Dr Khan was speaking yesterday at the Friendly North Inn during the primary care practitioners training on diabetes mellitus/foot care in Labasa.

He said the increase was because of food intake.

“The iTaukei communities are gradually moving away from traditional food practices,” Dr Khan said.

“If you go to any bread shop you will see iTaukeis buying about five (loaves) bread for family consumption because it is easily available.

“Bread shops are all over the place including villages nowadays.

“Why can’t people take the initiative to plant breadfruits, kumala, yams and green vudi which is very good for health,” he questioned with concern.

“These can be alternative means to get carbohydrates and they are great in abundance.

“The world is looking at the importance of breadfruit but here in Fiji we are ignoring it.”

He said breadfruit was easy to plant, cook and it was not expensive. He said the sweetness in kumala was complex sugar.

He said the sugar in kumala broke down slowly and they didn’t cause diabetes as much as flour did.

Dr Khan said he did not want to criticize but was requesting people to eat right type and amount of food and seek advice from a doctor immediately if they wanted to live healthy.


Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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