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EXTRACT This edition of Cajanus focuses on diabetes at both a Caribbean, regional through the Americas and global levels. Many times we hear it quoted that the prevalence of diabetes in the Caribbean is "high" but where are the data to support this claim? A few studies have been conducted within the Caribbean countries to calculate the prevalence of this chronic condition.

The matters discussed in this issue strengthen the need for a multisectoral approach to health, food and nutrition problems, which overlap with many sectors - health, trade, agriculture, environment, marketing and culture.

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Over the last 10 to 15 years, various regional institutions in the Caribbean have developed protocols for the clinical management of chronic diseases.

In the late 1990s, the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), developed a training manual on the dietary management of diabetes, hypertension and obesity, aimed at primary health workers.

Due to a widespread demand the manual, CFNI recognized the need for a formal protocol to be developed for use in primary settings. In collaboration with the Caribbean Program Coordination Office of the Pan American Health Organization (CPC/PAHO), CFNI embarked on the development of a regional protocol for the nutritional management of diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

The summary of the main findings on the issues surrounding food security and poverty alleviation in the Caribbean discussed at the International Conference hosted by the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute is presented in this issue of Cajanus.

Nutrition is an essential component of healthy living both for those infected with HIV and those who are not. Healthy eating has an important role to play in the holistic approach to better living. We hope that in these two editions of Cajanus we have helped all those living with the virus and those caring for them to have a better understanding of how and why healthy eating can lead to better living.

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