KOROR — Palau’s Non-Communicable Disease “Hybrid” Survey shows that 22.2% of adults have diabetes and 36% are almost there — meaning that nearly half of Palau’s adult population is affected by diabetes.
On Nov. 14, 2021, Palau joined other countries in observing World Diabetes Day whose theme this year was “Access to Diabetes Care.”
“It is important that we make sure there is good access to medical services to those affected by diabetes and that there is good education to prevent diabetes,” Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. said. “This is caused by our poor eating habits and lack of exercise. This is now affecting children as well and it is important that we continue to strengthen our work to prevent diabetes,” he added.
His presidential proclamation states that “obesity, lack of physical exercise, use of tobacco products, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages and over-portioned meals and poor nutritional intake such as eating foods high in 3M’s (salt: mecherocher, fats: melaok, and sugar: merkos) leads to diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.”
It added that obesity leads to diabetes and “is a growing threat to future generations of Palau.”
The presidential proclamation calls for a stronger national resolve to address non-communicable diseases, particularly those habits that lead to non-communicable diseases.