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Pacific Island Public Health Group Declares Diabetes at Pandemic Proportions
Date:5/19/2013

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) May 19, 2013

At a May 6th, 2013 meeting organized by the National Council of Asian Pacific Physicians (NCAPIP), the Pacific Chronic Disease Coalition (PCDC), a council of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), presented a newly published assessment on the status of health systems, diabetes, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the U.S. Associated Pacific Islands (USAPI).

The assessment, published in the Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, highlights key recommendations to alleviate the diabetes pandemic in the Pacific, where prevalence rates of the disease range from 9% to 47.3% of the population. Nearly 50% of deaths in the USAPI are due to NCDs including diabetes. Two of the top recommendations, as concluded in the assessment include the development of standards of care for diabetes and other NCDs, and the implementation of training and continued education for physicians, nurses, and public health staff.

During the meeting, held in Washington, D.C., Dr. Dexter Louie, NCAPIP Chair said, "The rates of diabetes in USAPI are clearly at disaster levels, as a national advocacy organization of physicians, NCAPIP's charge is to be a voice in bringing these recommendations to the national level." Nia Aitaoto, PhD, an NACDD contractor and co-author of the assessment, remarked: "To address these critical problems, we need to partner with a national physician organization like NCAPIP to bring these recommendations to the national level." Dr. Richard M. Trinidad, a physician working in the USAPI added, "Diabetes is in a state of emergency here in the Pacific. I am an orthopedic surgeon, yet I must do a significant amount of diabetes care simply because of its prevalence."

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors supports the PCDC as one of its official chronic disease councils, providing the council with organizat
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