Health vs. Culture: How Does Diabetes Affect the Caribbean Diaspora?

Roti. Sugar Cake. Dumpling. Tamarind Ball. Bake. Buss Up Shut. Pilau. Sorrel. Mauby. Bun and cheese. The comfort foods. We all know that too much of a good thing can be bad for you, but when your culture is inextricably tied to your food – is there ever such thing as too much culture? I talked with Dr. Kelly, a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in caring for patients with diabetes, about how people of the Caribbean diaspora can satisfy cravings for Caribbean culture and flavors of home without making choices that are detrimental to our health.

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Quote from Dr. Kelly - " Caribbean people, when we think about food, we think about your aunt coming over, your grandmother, your cousins, and we all just eating our food. So, I get that it's comforting. I get that it makes us feel more more connected, but we really have to make some changes for our health..."

In this clip from the SocaMom Summit, Dr. Kelly Wood talks about how and why diabetes affects the Caribbean diaspora.

The full session was phenomenal. Dr. Kelly explained the types of diabetes, how each type affects the body, and how it can be reversed in some patients.

How do we make lifestyle changes to help us prevent or reverse diabetes in the Caribbean diaspora when we often use food to connect to culture? In this clip, Dr. Kelly, a board-certified endocrinologist born and educated in Barbados, shares some key adjustments that we can make to improve our health.

Do you know anyone battling diabetes? To learn more about the disease, watch the full session here –

Diabetes in the Caribbean Diaspora: Strategies and Solutions

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