Diabetes: The Sugar Disease Micronesain Seminar
Diabetes Life Cycle
Diabetes Statistics

What Can We Do About Diabetes?

Perhaps the most important first step is to realize just how big a problem this is, how this disease is maiming and killing us

  • The most common symptoms of hyperglycemia (from insulin resistance/diminished insulin secretion) are increased thirst, increased urination and weight loss despite increased appetite. However, a diabetic may not experience any symptoms until he or she starts going blind or loses sensation in the hands or feet. This disease can happen to anyone, so it is important to have our blood glucose checked, especially if any symptoms are experienced.
  • The second step is to do something about it. Diabetes can be controlled. Losing weight is probably the best way of reducing the chance of getting diabetes.
  • Since this disease has increased as we have changed our diets, it is obvious that a change in diet can help curb the disease. Instead of eating processed foods high in fat, salt and sugar (like turkey tails, rice and soda) we should try to eat more of the food we have long relied on: like fish, breadfruit and taro. Studies have shown that people who eat more traditional diets have a lower chance of developing diabetes, and can reverse their diabetes if it has already developed.
  • Another important way to control diabetes is through increasing activity. This can be done by walking instead of riding, and caring for a garden (which helps with the diet as well).

Every small step helps. It is important to be consistent and not give up since we are, after all, talking about our health and the health of our children. Becoming aware of the symptoms of diabetes as well as the ways that it can be treated can help us lead longer, healthier lives.

Two children visit their favorite storyteller, Lima, who tells the children the story of Uab and how the islands of Palau were formed. Through the telling of this story the children become aware of the connections between Uab and their friend Lima. Both are "giants" because of eating too much. After a trip to the doctor's office, the children learn that overeating can cause diabetes and that diabetes can lead to death. The myth of Uab ends with his destruction. How will Lima's story end?
Two middle aged men, good friends, learn that they both have diabetes. One postpones indefinitely the diet and exercise that his doctor advises for him, while the other resolves to do something about the disease. One begins eating local food and jogging. His friend, however, remains a prodigious overeater and as sedentary as ever. This video presents a dramatization of the lifestyle changes that are needed to cope with diabetes, and the difficulties that these changes involve.