Patience Treve, People Development Manager
In our continued effort to present more trainings and workshops related to health issues that are important to the Mamas, our Cape Coast office hosted a diabetes workshop and screening on April 20th, 2016. Chief Dr. Justice Arthur from the District Hospital led the screening, which served 40 Mamas and 9 of our quality control staff.
During the workshop, Dr. Arthur described diabetes as a complex disease with a variety of causes. The attendees were informed that those with diabetes have high blood glucose and that it is a disorder of metabolism—the way the body uses digested food for energy. He also said diabetes develops when the body doesn’t make enough insulin or is not able to use insulin effectively, or both.
Dr. Arthur explained the roles of insulin, the pancreas, and beta cells in the bodies’ ability to process glucose. He covered the different types of diabetes, focusing on type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. The attendees also learned about the complications of diabetes, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, dental disease, and amputations. This greater understanding of both the causes of the disease and its implications was an eye opening experience for the Mamas.
After the talk, all of the attendees were screened and informed of their health status. Those that had any indications of diabetes were advised by Dr. Arthur to exercise more, eat plenty of vegetables, and avoid eating late in the evening. All of those who attended felt that the information shared was very beneficial and that having the screening was great resource. Patience, People Development Manager in Cape Coast, said of the workshop: “All the mamas now know their sugar level so they have moved from sweets things to fruits and yoga exercises as it will protect the body from sicknesses.” Health workshops like these are an important element of the Global Mamas mission of achieving prosperity and we hope to continue and expand them in the future.