A Punjabi-language video has been released online by the Fraser Health Authority [Canada] to help South Asians learn about the dangers of diabetes. It’s the latest move by health officials to combat diabetes rates that are three to five times higher in local Asian communities. Left unchecked, the blood sugar regulation disease can lead to heart or kidney disease, blindness and amputations. The video teaches people how to watch for signs and symptoms and ways to manage the condition.
The all-Punjabi video can be viewed on the web here.
Obesity, diet and a sedentary lifestyle are factors contributing to higher diabetes rates among the entire population. But the higher rate among South Asians – it is their number one killer – is attributed partly to over-consumption of rich, traditional Indian foods after coming to Canada. [Link]