10-year-old youngest Type 1 diabetic patient

Minister for Medical and Health Services Rosy Akbar shares a light moment with children at the Northern Diabetes camp in Labasa. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

THE youngest person living with Type 1 diabetes in the North is 10 years old while a 19-year-old is the youngest for gestational diabetes.

This was revealed at the Northern Diabetes Youth Camp held in Labasa yesterday where Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar reminded participants about the importance of taking good care of their health.

“If we take good care of our health, which means being committed to eating healthy, avoiding food high in salt, sugar and oil content and ensuring to have 30 minutes of exercise every day plays a key role in staying NCD free,” she said.

“The key to good health is to keep your blood sugar levels within the range your doctor gives you. “You’ll need to check them often and adjust insulin, food and activities to make that happen and you have the power within you to make that change, stay healthy, happy and live a fulfilling life.”

Ms Akbar encouraged the camp participants to build relationships with their doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers.

“It is also my hope that when you go back to your homes, your schools and your communities, that you’ll spread the word and with your participation, we’ll be able to help each other manage our health well.”

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