THERE is a high percentage of people treated with diabetes and hypertension in Cakaudrove, according to professionals based at the Natuvu Mission Hospital.
Nurse Adriana Torreblanca said diabetic patients made up 40-50 per cent of patients while hypertension comprised 60 per cent.
"The percentage for hypertension is greater because there are more people with obesity," Ms Torreblanca said.
"The villagers consume a lot of starchy food including dalo and cassava because they grow it at home.
"But they need to slightly reduce the intake of starchy food and increase the consumption of vegetables.
"We can control the numbers by gardening and eating fresh vegetables from the gardens."
The hospital, located about 200 kilometres away from Labasa Town, is visited by a population of about 3000 people from the districts of Natewa, Tunuloa and Cakaudrove.
The hospital is managed by a volunteering couple from Argentina — Dr Anibal Kalbermatter and Ms Adriana Torreblanca.