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This issue of CAJANUS focuses on several important aspects of chronic diseases. The burden, complexity and cost of these diseases are collectively threatening the ability of Caribbean countries to improve the overall health of its citizens. The wide-ranging effects of chronic diseases necessitate all sectors of society to be more aware of the conditions and  accelerators of their disabling and life threatening conditions.

The excerpts presented in this issue of Cajanus focus on food preservation - basic techniques, preserving some of our local Caribbean foods, and the consequences of preservation on nutrient content. Anyone with an interest in food preservation will find this issue of Cajanus interesting and enlightening.

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.




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.

This issue of CAJANUS highlights the efforts of several Caribbean countries that developed guidelines that will encourage the selection, preparation and consumption of healthyfoods. Because they focus on risk reduction and health promotion these guidelines are critical, not only to guide the general public but also to the development of food policy and nutrition education programmes.

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