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As the world grapples with the growing prevalence of chronic diseases, one question echoes through the halls of healthcare: Are we on the cusp of a global diabetes pandemic? 

Diabetes cases have reached unprecedented levels worldwide, with the IDF Diabetes Atlas estimating that one in ten adults will be living with diabetes by 2030. In Bermuda, diabetes cases (particularly type 2 Diabetes) are surging faster than in many countries, prompting concerns about the long-term health of the island nation’s residents.

At Premier Health and Wellness Center, we are committed to addressing this public health issue. We offer comprehensive healthcare services and programs designed to empower you to take control of your health. Act against diabetes today, and join us in reversing this health crisis and promoting a healthier community for Bermudians.

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Understanding Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects how your body processes sugar (glucose), which is a key source of energy for your muscles and organs. In this condition, your body either doesn’t use insulin properly or doesn’t make enough insulin.

There are over 537 million diabetes cases globally in 2021, with projections showing a significant rise by 2030. Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is typically diagnosed in childhood, type 2 diabetes often develops in adults but is increasingly seen in younger age groups.

Understanding the signs of type 2 diabetes is essential for early detection, which promotes better management and lowers the risk of complications. Common symptoms include:


Increased thirst and frequent urination

Blurred vision

Increased hunger

Slow-healing sores and frequent infections

Unintended weight loss

Areas of darkened skin


Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

Consult a doctor or healthcare provider immediately if you experience these symptoms regularly.


Diabetes Facts and Statistics in Bermuda

The diabetes crisis in Bermuda exhibits an alarmingly high and rapidly escalating rate. Although it does not meet the technical definition of a pandemic, the situation has reached epidemic status

Globally, around 10.5% of adults are diagnosed with diabetes in 2021. In Bermuda, approximately 13% of the population (8000 people) is affected, with another 8,000 at risk of developing the condition, surpassing the global average.

The prevalence of diabetes in Bermuda is nothing short of alarming and is now a public health concern. The Alarming Increase of Diabetes in Bermuda study highlights the following points:

  • High Prevalence Rate: 13% of Bermuda’s 65,000 population has diabetes, which is higher than in other OECD countries.
  • Amputation Rates: Bermuda has the highest amputation rate among women (46 per 100,000) and the second highest for men (43 per 100,000) compared to an average rate of 15 per 100,000 in other affluent countries.
  • Obesity: 24% of adults in Bermuda are obese, compared to an 18% obesity average in other OECD countries. 
  • Disparities: Twice as many Black Bermudians (16%) reported having diabetes compared to Caucasians in White Bermudians (8%). 
  • Aging Population: 23% of Bermudians over 65 have diabetes, compared to 8% in the 35–54 age group. 
  • Economic Impact: Diabetes accounted for 5% of all deaths in Bermuda, with 3% of male deaths and 7% of female deaths. 

These trends highlight the pressing need to tackle Bermuda’s epidemic head-on. To mitigate this pressing concern, comprehensive public health strategies, improved access to healthcare, and community-based programs to promote early detection and healthier lifestyles are necessary.


Factors behind Type 2 Diabetes in Bermuda

Bermuda’s skyrocketing type 2 diabetes rates necessitate a closer examination of the driving factors. Based on figures from the Well Bermuda Health Survey, here are five common reasons why Bermuda has more type 2 diabetes cases:

  • Sedentary Lifestyle

The modern lifestyle of the average Bermudian includes sedentary behavior, which contributes significantly to the development of type 2 diabetes. About 27% of the population fails to meet the World Health Organization’s recommended physical activity levels.

  • Unhealthy Dietary Habits

Traditional Bermudian cuisine, while flavorful, often consists of high-carb and sugary dishes. Only 18% of adults consume five or more servings of fruits or vegetables daily, indicating poor dietary habits.

  • Obesity Epidemic

In Bermuda, 75% of adults are overweight or obese, with 40.2% overweight and 34.4% obese. This growing obesity crisis raises the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

  • Family Genotype

Bermuda’s rising rates are heavily influenced by genetics, with 52% of immediate family members suffering from diabetes, demonstrating the strong genetic link and increased risk among families.

  • Environmental Factors

Factors like insufficient sleep, smoking, and socioeconomic conditions also contribute to Bermuda’s surging rates. A significant portion of residents lead unhealthy lifestyles, with 64% consuming alcohol and 14% being current smokers.

To effectively combat this growing problem in Bermuda, it’s crucial to tackle the root causes head-on so we can develop targeted solutions and policies that address our community’s unique needs. 


Prevention and Management Strategies

To manage the surge of type 2 diabetes in Bermuda, it is crucial to focus on both prevention and effective management. Here are some key strategies:

Lifestyle Changes

  1. Dietary Changes: Encourage a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, with a reduction of sugar intake. 
  2. Physical Activity: Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, incorporating a mix of aerobic exercises like brisk walking, swimming, or cycling.
  3. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight and significantly reducing abdominal fat is crucial. Strategies include following a balanced diet and regular physical activity. 

Healthcare Interventions

  1. Regular Screening and Early Detection: Regular check-ups and screenings for those at risk can lead to early diagnosis, which allows timely interventions to prevent complications and slow diabetes progression.
  2. Medication and Self-Care: Effective management of type 2 diabetes often relies on the strategic use of medications and sugar control supplements, along with engaging in self-care activities such as meditation and yoga, which have been shown to reduce stress levels and lower blood sugar.
  3. Access to Healthcare Services: It is crucial to ensure all community members have access to vital healthcare resources. Bermuda is home to excellent health clinics, like Premier Health and Wellness Center (PHWC), which offer friendly and affordable services, including comprehensive care and lifestyle advice.

Diabetes Reversal Program

  1. Group Sessions: Participants attend bi-weekly group sessions, during which they share challenges and successes, learn about key factors for a healthy lifestyle, and receive support from peers.
  2. Medical Supervision: Medical experts supervise the program to ensure participants receive personalized guidance and support throughout the process.
  3. One-on-One Coaching: Participants receive six one-on-one coaching sessions with a trained nutritionist to help them stay on track. They also receive extensive workbooks, Fitbit, resistance bands, scales, water, and measuring tapes to support their goals.

Invest in Yourself with Premier Health and Wellness Center

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At Premier Health and Wellness Center, we recognize the significant impact diabetes can have on a person’s daily life. As one of Bermuda’s top healthcare providers, we are committed to empowering you to take control of your health and overall well-being.

Our experienced healthcare team closely collaborates with patients to create customized treatment plans incorporating the latest in diabetes management. We also offer other Bermuda healthcare services, such as:

  • Diabetes Care: Our pioneering Diabetes Reversal Program has enabled many Bermuda patients to manage and reverse their condition effectively.
  • Supplements: We offer curated supplements that promote healthy blood sugar levels, insulin sensitivity, and overall wellness.
  • Primary Care: Our primary care practice emphasizes patient-centered care and coordination, addressing all aspects of health and well-being.

At Premier Health and Wellness Center, we make it our mission to support you in managing diabetes and achieving a life of optimal health and well-being. Join our community and embark on a transformative journey towards a more vibrant, healthier you.


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