Experts say good Lifestyle Habits could help Manage Chronic Diseases

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010. Practicing good lifestyle habits have been identified as one of the factors that could help in the management and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Lifestyle change was stressed during a two-day workshop on chronic diseases that was conducted by Grenadian Endocrinologist, Dr. Sebastian Peters.

 More than fifty government health-care providers, including educators at the community and hospital levels, attended the workshop.

Dr. Peters pointed out the simple methods of testing and management of the diseases, highlighting the importance of lifestyle changes and exercise.

 He said the seminar was timely and very important for healthcare providers to discover and embrace new trends in diabetes management and patient care which can make a significant difference in Grenada.

Dr. Peters pointed out the simple methods of testing and management of the diseases, highlighting the importance of lifestyle changes and exercise.

He said the seminar was timely and very important for healthcare providers to discover and embrace new trends in diabetes management and patient care which can make a significant difference in Grenada.

Dr. George Mitchell, Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health with responsibility for Chronic Diseases Management, said immediate steps must and will be taken to implement the new strategies relative to the diseases.

“If we continue to highlight the importance of lifestyle changes, exercise, conduct more educational programs at the community and school-based levels, and get involved in outreach programs, I am very much convinced that we can and will make significant progress,’’ he said.

When all of those strategies are implemented and working, at some point new medication will also be introduced, and over time we will see a reduction in renal failure, strokes, amputations, cardiovascular diseases and all the other associated disorders, Dr. Mitchell said.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 10:41