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Welcome to The Bermuda Diabetes Association
Our mission is to lead the Bermuda community to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve the lives of those affected.

The content of some pages is currently under development by our professional medical team.
On completion and approval by our Volunteer Medical Committee the information will be made available.

Have you got the Flipboard App on your Android or iPad? Visit My Diabetes Life for a selection of articles of interest.
Or download the app here.

EatWell PLATE
A recommendation for each meal based on your plate size.

Eating walnuts just two or three times a week can reduce the risk of type two diabetes by a almost a quarter, according to new research. See our news page.

How much sugar is in that?

If you’re trying to lay off the sweet stuff, you know to avoid candy, soft drinks, and other obvious foods with sugar. But could you unwittingly be consuming extra sugar in foods you wouldn’t suspect of having high-sugar content? Take this quiz to find out whether you’re sugar savvy or a sugar slacker.


In one year, the average Bermudian eats enough sugar to fill an industrial dumper!

Diabetes Risk Test
Know Your Score

The BDA estimates that up to 25% of Bermuda's population has diabetes; half of that number are not even aware.
Learn your risk for type 2 diabetes and whether you should follow up with a doctor to take steps to protect your health.

Are you at risk?
Take the Diabetes risk test.

This test is to be used as a guide only. It does not replace proper medical advice.

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We have added a page which shows the history and achievements of the Association over the years since it was founded in 1978


Try these cooking tips, tasty recipes, and easy ways to be more active.

From the American Diabetes Association






Watch Greezin' the acclaimed movie featuring some of Bermuda's major health risks






The Bermuda Diabetes Association partnered with the Ministry of Health in celebrating World Health Day on April 7th as the theme for this year is diabetes. Many of you attended the event which was fun, entertaining and educational. We are grateful to our farmers, Bermyfresh and Mr. Organic who set up a mini market. La Trattoria provided platters of cooked vegetables, soup and coleslaw and their executive chef, Mike Hammond gave a demonstration of how to prepare these dishes. Marketplace provided raw vegetables and the Supermart, delicious hummus.

Other partners included TB Cancer and Health, Open airways and the Society for the Blind. In Motion dance studio choreographed a flash mob which was performed by some of their dancers and the audience to Shakira's Waca Waca. It was a fun day which was opened by the Rt Worshipful Mayor of Hamilton, Mr Charles Gosling. The Hon Minister of Health, Seniors and the Environment Ms. Jeanne Atherdon, gave an overview of diabetes in Bermuda, Debbie Jones Chair of the Bermuda Diabetes Association thanked everyone for attending, Sara McKittrick educator for the Bermuda Diabetes Association gave some practical tips for changing behavior and the Ministry of Health presented a Commit to Change pledge.



Please take our Diabetes Risk Assessment Survey!

Thanks to the Partner Re Dollars for Hours programme that we collaborated on with Mount Saint Agnes Academy.

What is this? Read about the MSA project




Some of the members of Team Diabetes from Canada who came to compete in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge in January





Age Concern and the Bermuda Diabetes Association held a cooking demonstration and presentation about diabetes at Bermuda Gas.
We had a wonderful turn out!
Thank you to all who participated in making this a successful event.


FED UP This is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. It is all on YouTube






Sugar: Sweet With a Bitter Aftertaste

A new study from Wall Street bank Credit Suisse exposes the "dietary impact of 'sugar and sweeteners' and their role in the ongoing health debate surrounding obesity and diabetes."
This video visualizes the sorry state of sugar consumption.




A recent report from the Healthy Caribbean Coalition says that NCDs are the predominant health problem in CARICOM countries and cause substantially more deaths and disability than infectious diseases. Not only are mortality rates high, but CARICOM countries have approximately double the rate of premature deaths compared to richer countries. Additionally, high rates of the biological risk factors exist, especially obesity, diabetes and hypertension driven in turn by behaviours arising out of environmental and social conditions.
Read more of the report here.



Sugar (A not so sweet story)
We were smitten 10,000 years ago on the island of New Guinea. Today the average American [or Bermudian] downs 22.7 teaspoons a day.
Read more in the National Geographic.



Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD
University of California endocrinologist, Dr. Robert Lustig, MD - whose YouTube lecture (Sugar: The Bitter Truth) has been watched more than 4 million times, visited Bermuda in June for a public presentation about the obesity crisis and how he believes we can get out of it, personally and as a society.

If you missed his talk, or would like a refresher, watch the YouTube video.

Read about the talk in the Royal Gazette.

"After hearing Dr Robert Lustig’s recent lecture for the Bermuda Diabetes Association about the connection between obesity and food additives, many people went home and threw out everything with high fructose corn syrup and sugar on the label."
Read more in the Royal Gazette from Jessie Moniz.


Dr Lustig spoke at TedX Bermuda in October 2013. Read what he had to say.
Or see his talk on YouTube [about 20 minutes].

Copies of Fat Chance are available for $25 at the Diabetes Resource Centre at the corner of Dundonald & Cedar Ave.


Read a review of Dr. Lustig's book in the UK Daily Telegraph


Latest diabetes news from around the world

More news articles from Bermuda and around the world are on our news page.


Every 6 Seconds...

Diabetes now affects 371 million people worldwide and is responsible for one death every six seconds, or about 4.8 million deaths each year, according to a study presented by International Diabetes Federation . Read more...

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