The Director of Health, Dr Constance Chan, highlighted the important role of women in families in the prevention and control of diabetes at a publicity and educational event on November 14. She urged women to enhance their awareness and understanding on diabetes and to lead their family members to follow a healthy lifestyle, which can effectively reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Co-organised by the Department of Health (DH) and Diabetes Hongkong (DHK), the event tied in with World Diabetes Day (WDD), which this year has "Women and Diabetes - Our Right to a Healthy Future" as its theme. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization designated November 14 as the annual WDD in 1991 to address the growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes poses.
Chan said that diabetes is the 10th most common cause of death in Hong Kong and is now affecting around one in 10 people locally. According to the statistics of the DH, the number of registered deaths in 2016 in Hong Kong due to diabetes was 498, of which approximately half were females.
"The main causes in Hong Kong, according to the IDF, are people's eating habits, the obesity problem and a sedentary lifestyle. Nevertheless, up to 70% of cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented through adoption of a healthy lifestyle," Chan added.
Another officiating guest of the event was the President of DHK, Dr Wing-sun Chow. In addition, an endocrinologist from DHK discussed ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. Diabetes-friendly recipes contributed by DHK dietitians and published by the DH's Primary Care Office (PCO) were also introduced to further promote healthy eating to both diabetic patients and the general public. Participants were guided by dietitians to examine food labels so as to choose healthier snacks and pre-packaged food from supermarkets and were led by a nurse to take part in a family workout exercise. MIMS
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