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Cyprus Internet Directory [ Government urges healthy diet in bid to beat diabetes ]

Government urges healthy diet in bid to beat diabetes

HEALTH Minister Costas Kadis yesterday urged the public to eat healthily and exercise more in order to avoid diseases such as a sugar diabetes.

“Correct nutrition is one of the basic factors that contribute to good health and preventing diseases,” the minister said while presenting the newly-published National Nutrition and Exercise Guideline booklet, along with the Guideline to Diagnosing, Preventing and Handling Sugar Diabetes.

“Modern life and poor nutritional habits, brought on by consumerism and comfort, have led to an increase in diseases related to bad nutrition,” Kadis explained, adding: “According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 60 per cent of deaths are caused by ‘lifestyle illnesses’: heart disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension.”

So, he continued, the Health Ministry decided to issue the National Nutrition and Exercise Guideline, which informs Cypriots on general and international diet instructions, while relating it to local traditional foods.

In order to raise awareness over the booklet, the ministry will be joining the Dietetics Association at the Food Festival on April 5 in Nicosia, while copies will be sent to all schools and the National Guard.

Kadis also referred to the obesity problem in Cyprus, saying that around 24 per cent of men, 19 per cent of women and 10 per cent of children were currently overweight.

“Dealing with the problem of child obesity is also a priority for the European Union and following instructions by Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, the EU has implemented various programmes involving information, diagnosis and effective intervention,” the minister said.

According to Kadis, Cyprus is part of a WHO programme, where child obesity levels will be monitored and compared to other European countries on a continuous basis, aiming at preparing local programmes to deal with the problem.

Sugar diabetes is also considered one of the most dangerous nutrition-related diseases, affecting up to 194 million people worldwide. These figures are expected to increase to 333 million by 2025.

The ministry’s new booklet for sugar diabetes will act as a guideline to doctors and patients, but also members of public who wish to become more informed on the subject and protect themselves from becoming diabetic.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)



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