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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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Diabetes Mellitus Control for Holidays and Long-Term Health


Careful control and management of diabetes mellitus during the holidays, and every day, is important for the 387 million individuals living with diabetes worldwide because the short-term and long-term health consequences of imbalanced blood sugar can significantly affect quality of life. Not only can the short-term effects of blood sugar that is too high or too low prevent full enjoyment of any activity including holiday celebrations and special events, but the long-term consequences of uncontrolled diabetes, including heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, nerve dysfunction, limb amputation, and blindness, limit the quality of life and can shorten life as well.

Read more, watch a video and get recipe tips.


The Annual General Meeting of the Bermuda Diabetes Association
will be held on December 18th, 2014, at 5:30pm
in the Human Rights Training Room, 3rd Floor of the Mechanics Building,
12 Church Street, Hamilton.


Members are encouraged to attend or appoint a proxy in order to exercise their right to vote.
Please download a proxy form here and have it returned by December 16th.
Forms may be posted to: P.O. Box DV 506, Devonshire DVBX or emailed to: a.wanklyn@diabetes.bm

Please call us at 518-3149 or email a.wanklyn@diabetes.bm to confirm your attendance.


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

From the American Diabetes Association





Thank you for everyone who supported the Diabetes Association by participating in the Partner Re women's 5k walk/run on Oct. 5th. Proceeds from this event will go towards supportive programmes for women with gestational diabetes.



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






This is an excellent 3-part documentary from the BBC in the UK that explains the obesity epidemic. It's long, but worth watching in its entirety. If you are aware of everything mentioned in the videos it should make it easier to know when you're overeating.


Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four is classified as obese. Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits, to find out how decisions made in America 40 years ago influence the way we eat now.

In Episode 2, Jacques Peretti investigates how the concept of 'supersizing' changed our eating habits forever. How did we - once a nation of moderate eaters - start to want more? View Episode 2 on YouTube

And in Episode 3 he examines assumptions about what is and is not healthy. He also looks at how product marketing can seduce consumers into buying supposed 'healthy foods' such as muesli and juices, both of which can be high in sugar. View Episode 3 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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