diabetes

St Helena shows UK the way with fizzy drinks tax

St Helena appears to be showing Britain the way to tackle obesity, by introducing a sugar tax. A levy on high-sugar drinks was announced in the island’s budget in the very month that England’s chief medical officer warned that the British government might have to consider such a measure. But Dame Sally Davies said she …

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Children in danger from diet and poor exercise, warns medic

Young people on St Helena are being led into the grip of some of the medical world’s biggest killers, a departing doctor has warned. Dr Ahmad Risk delivered his warning after two months as a temporary “locum” medic in Jamestown – watching parents ply their children with sugary drinks and salty food that could be …

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Food is the key to island life – and tackling its health crisis

A new body to promote food and healthy eating on St Helena is proposed in the island’s draft agriculture policy – even though it says food is already at the heart of island life. And it says the new organisation could “make a significant contribution” to tackling hypertension by encouraging healthy eating. The island has …

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Cut-price foods that left island with a bulging health problem

St Helena no longer has the highest incidence of type-2 diabetes in the world, but that’s only because it’s got even worse elsewhere. Cheap imports of sweet milk and rice may have kept Saints from starvation in harder times, but now the island’s health service is struggling with the consequences, says MIKE THORPE. A target for treating diabetics has been …

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