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Ministry and WHO clarify report on Fiji’s diabetes rate

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19 Jun 2018 11:26
Ministry and WHO clarify report on Fiji’s diabetes rate

The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the World Health Organisation have no affiliation or association with the World Life Expectancy website.

Information or reports published by World Life Expectancy are not verified or endorsed by either agency.

Recent headlines on diabetes rates in Fiji highlight the importance of the whole community taking action in protecting their health from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which primarily take the form of heart attacks and strokes.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the World Health Organisation (WHO) advise that cardiovascular disease, and not diabetes, is the leading cause of death in the country.

In 2017, Fiji experienced almost twice as many cardiovascular-related deaths as those resulting from diabetes.

This is in line with global trends; cardiovascular disease takes the lives of 17.7 million people each year, accounting for 31 per cent of all deaths worldwide.

While diabetes-related diseases are not the leading cause of death in Fiji, NCDs like diabetes and cardiovascular disease are major concerns for Fiji.

Cardiovascular disease is more likely to develop in people who smoke, have an unhealthy diet, are not physically active and/or misuse alcohol.

A person becomes more at-risk of cardiovascular disease when they have raised blood pressure, elevated blood sugar and/or are overweight or obese.

Prevention is critical for decreasing NCD death rates, and the risk of developing NCDs can be lowered by Fijians making healthy choices for themselves and their families.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services and World Health Organisation

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