ACE Diabetes ZOOMs in on Diabetes

Health and Fitness

ACE Diabetes is excited to launch its first Zoom meeting entitled Diabetes 101 on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:30pm. The one-hour Zoom session will focus on “Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes”. 

A dynamic, fun and information-packed presentation will be led by Nurse Anita Cates, co-founder of ACE Diabetes, Diabetes Education Network, and Family Medicine Center. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. Registrants are also invited to submit questions before the meeting so that they can be addressed during the presentation – and to get the chance to receive a goodie bag.

ACE Diabetes, in collaboration with BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Limited and Cash N’ Go, launched a campaign earlier this year to expand and reinforce diabetes awareness in the Bahamas.

The prevalence of diabetes in the Bahamas has reached epidemic proportions. “One in seven Bahamian adults has diabetes or is pre-diabetic, and 50 percent of these persons do not know,” said Dr. Graham Cates, founder, director of ACE Diabetes.

The social media campaign aims to highlight the connection between diabetes and other health conditions, whilst educating and encouraging people to take a more active role when it comes to their health.

Bahamians are born with a high genetic predisposition to diabetes. Combined with poor lifestyle choices, like eating fast food, and lack of exercise, this can lead to pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Good health starts with prevention. While it is true that genetic predisposition is a major factor in diabetes, lifestyle also plays a vital role. A healthy lifestyle can help keep diabetes under control – and can even delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Getting annual physicals and knowing where your health stands is important in preventing, or living well with diabetes.

The campaign puts emphasis on educational aspects of healthy living, including the seven key areas of self-management for those living with diabetes; healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping.

ACE Diabetes is pleased to partner with BAF and Cash N’Go. Over the years, BAF has proven its commitment to the Bahamian community. The ZOOM meeting title “Diabetes 101” is pertinent – providing an educational overview of how to live better with diabetes – but also timely as it coincides with BAF’s 101st anniversary this year.

“Diabetes is a silent disease impacting Bahamians of all ages and walks of life. With the right diet, exercise, education and awareness we can all do our part to fight against diabetes in the Bahamas; even those already diagnosed can reverse some of the effects and live healthier lives. Joining Cates in this cause is an exciting venture for BAF,” said Deborah L. Parker, BAF Vice President of Health & Employee Benefits

Stay tuned to ACE Diabetes social media channels for the link to join this call. People with diabetes or who have family and friends with the condition are urged to attend in this free, fun virtual event on Tuesday, May 18th from 6:30pm to &:30pm. Register at: 

ACE Diabetes is a non-profit organisation, established in 2012 by Dr. Cates and his wife Anita Cates to address the overwhelming need in The Bahamas in regards to diabetes. “ACE” stands for “awareness, compassion and education”. Its goal is to reduce the burden of diabetes and its long-term complications in The Bahamas.