Tendencies in infants identified with T1 diabetes worrying – FBC Information

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The Department of Health has noted an increase in the number of infants diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Ilaitia Delasau, a consultant at Colonial War Memorial Hospital, says these babies have long-term effects and have to live on insulin surges for their entire lives.

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“Type 1 diabetes is found or diagnosed in newborns who have signs and symptoms of diabetes that are delaying development and slowing growth. They have symptoms that suggest they have diabetes so they don’t have insulin. So the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin, is not working. “

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He says while type 1 diabetes is irreversible, lifestyle management can help Fijians stay healthy.

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“I want to change that mentality. I want us to eat small portions but more exercise because that is the key factor why there are so many diabetics in Fiji because we overeat. Our diet is changing, there are more processed foods, fewer vegetables, fewer vegetables, and more fast food, so we need to exercise more. “

Health Minister Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete says there is a high chance the percentage of people living with diabetes in Fiji will increase.

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“It’s 2 to 3 to 4 percent every 10 years, we could probably estimate that we could sit at 18 to 19 percent, but like I said, we should be able to do the survey and do the data that does it would be able to show that. “

Dr. Waqainabete says 66 Fijians were amputated for diabetes at Colonial War Memorial Hospital last September through November.

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