World Diabetes Day 2014, celebrated on
November 14, was observed under the theme “Healthy Eating & Diabetes: Healthy
Eating begins with Breakfast”.
This year’s theme highlights the importance of eating healthy to help prevent Type II
Diabetes and its effective management to avoid complications. The initiative promotes the
benefits of starting the day with a healthy breakfast, which can help individuals manage
their weight and for diabetics, keep blood glucose levels stable.
It is estimated that there are 382 million people living with diabetes worldwide and by
2035, one out of ten people will have the disease. Diabetes is among the leading cause
of morbidity and mortality in Belize with a prevalence of 14% or about 49,000 people
living with this disease. Lifestyle factors such as eating patterns, physical activity,
obesity and high blood pressure among others can increase the risks for Diabetes.
World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and
the World Health Organization in 1991, in response to concern over the escalating
incidence of Diabetes around the world. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by
the IDF and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in
Diabetes advocacy and awareness.
The Ministry of Health staff in Belmopan had an opportuntiy to participate in group testing at the workplace which also created
a support medium where healthy eating is encouraged. Healthy Breakfast was also offered after testing concluded.
For More Information contact:
Ministry of Health