More than 3,000 people registered as diabetic
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/11/2018
The National Diabetes Center has recorded an increase in the number of diabetics in Tonga this year compared to last year.
This year the center recorded 3 thousand and 26 patients registered to have diabetes compared to only 2 thousand 5hundred and 75 patients last year.
Dr. ‘Ana Maile from the Center revealed the figures while overviewing Diabetes in Tonga – during a program this morning to mark World Diabetes day with the Theme ” The family and Diabetes.”
Dr. Maile said, 65.43% of those registered as diabetic are female while 34.57% are male.
14,000 of the people diagnosed with diabetes are between the ages of 40 – 59 while only 15 diabetics are under the age of 20.
The 3-day program organized to mark the day will include panel discussion, where the public are given a chance to ask questions about Diabetes.
Attending this morning’s program was the president of the center – Dr. Taniela Palu and its members, Lady Tuna Fielakepa and many guests.
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