Marshall Islands challenged by preventable sickness

MAJURO Marshall Islands - Statistics from regular health screenings in the Marshall Islands confirm why the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association issued an emergency declaration in May saying an epidemic of non-communicable diseases - diabetes heart disease strokes and cancer - is killing off people at an alarming rate because of what people in the islands are eating.A recent health workshop that brought 75 men together from many of Majuro's churches produced astounding statistics according to the Ministry of Health: 75% had blood sugar levels that were borderline diabetic or diabetic while 90% were overweight or obese. "Marshallese people are . . .

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