Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Sad Record for Dominica

Dominica has the highest obesity prevalence in EC – ReportsObesity

Dominica has the highest obesity prevalence in the Eastern Caribbean reports from the World Bank are showing.
More details in this article from Dominica News Online: OBESITY

Reality Check: Things might not be as sad as this article indicates.
A report which provides an analysis of the results of a survey conducted in several Caribbean Islands including Dominica, does not support the “highest Obesity prevelance” ascribed to Dominica
To view the report Google “Samuels TA, Fraser H.  Caribbean Wellness Day. Rev Panam Salud Publica 2010: 28(6):472-9”  See table 2 page 474.

The “highest obesity” claim is also refuted in an earlier news release quoting the National Epidemiologist (click on Read More for details)

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Diabetes Headlines Oct 31 – Nov 4

Diabetes Headlines
October 31 – November 4

Obesity: An even heftier problem (also attached)
Financial Times

Diabetes breath test trials on Oxfordshire children

International Diabetes Federation brings epidemic fight to Middle East

Do the Big Blue Test and Change The World of a Person with Diabetes


Comment: Diabetes – the crisis

Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes Identified
Med India

SharecareNow Names the Top 10 Influencers in the Online Diabetes Community

Diabetes shame plus denial a risky combo

Diabetes deluge opens sweet opportunities, device sale ups

GlaxoSmithKline settles U.S. drug rows for $3 billion

Bristol-AstraZeneca Diabetes Drug Revived as Doctors Urge Option

Novo Nordisk Donates $50,000 to Diabetes Hands Foundation
A Sweet Life

Nov 7, World Diabetes Day Event in Roseau



In observance of World Diabetes Day 2011 the Dominica Diabetes Association presents a public lecture at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday 7th November at 7pm.

Topic of the lecture is “Self Management of Diabetes, a difficult balance“.

Presenter will be Mrs Edris Le Blanc-Sahlu, a Care Coordinator, Heart Failure and Diabetes Educator at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Georgia, USA.  She is a certified Instructor in the fields of Basic Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

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Goodbye Dominica from Dr. Vilam Urbancic

Dr. Vilma Urbancic, Lead Faculty Step-by-Step Project—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Vilma Urbancic
To: marvlyn
Sent: Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 17:59
Subject: Good-bye, Dominica, see you next year

Dear Marvlyn

I hope you have enjoyed some rest after all the work you have done for the Step by Step. I arrived home safely – it was a long trip and I had plenty of time to »organize« my thoughts.

I am speaking also on behalf of Simone, Neil and John: we are delighted with what you yourself and all the other people from the island have done. We were impressed by the attitude of the Ministry of health and by the strong determination of the minister to implement this project. It was a real pleasure to work with the participants who were really motivated, with the members of the Diabetes association and with your patients who agreed to participate in the practical sessions. We loved the friendly, cozy atmosphere of the evergreen hotel and the rainbow on the morning sky after heavy rain, we were touched by the warm welcome and the hospitality of the Rotarians, and last – but far from least, hiking to and seeing the biggest boiling lake in the world – the Boiling lake of Dominica – was for Neil and me something we shall remember for the rest of our life.

We would like to thank you all and we hope to see you again next year for the advanced course.

Warm regards


Vilma Urbančič, MD, PhD, Assoc prof of medicine
University Medical Centre
Dept of Endocrinology
Zaloška 7
SI-1000 Ljubljana