The Argus Group has illuminated its offices at 14 Wesley Street in Hamilton in blue this month, in recognition of diabetes, which has reached epidemic proportions in Bermuda and Diabetes Awareness Month.

In partnership with the Bermuda Diabetes Association, The Argus Group joined the global diabetes awareness campaign, which recognizes World Diabetes Day on November 14th each year.

Famous landmarks around the world are lit up in blue to heighten public awareness on the rising prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, including the London Eye and Sears Tower in Chicago.

A spokeswoman said: “The Argus Group is committed to working with stakeholders to reverse the growing trend of diabetes in Bermuda.

“The Diabetes Reversal Programme, launched in March 2017 by Premier Health & Wellness Centre, in partnerships with renowned endocrinologist Dr David Cavan, Argus and the Bermuda Diabetes Association, aims to help individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes develop the skills and confidence to self-manage their condition and improve their quality of life.

“The 12-month programme provides participants with customised dietary advice, peer support and strategies for incorporating physical activity into their daily routine.

“The ultimate objective for participants is to achieve an overall feeling of well-being by gaining control of their blood glucose levels and reducing their dependence on medications. Added benefits include weight loss and greater mobility,” she added.

Executive Vice President of Group Insurance, Michelle Jackson said: “Having the Argus building illuminated in blue lights supports the global diabetes initiative to raise awareness of diabetes and bring to light its prevalence in Bermuda.

“At Argus, our mission is to advocate for and support the health and wellness of our community. Helping our members in leading healthy lifestyles is an important step towards addressing the growing epidemic of diabetes on the island.

“Additionally, increasing access to preventive health services is a priority for us; therefore I am pleased to note that the Diabetes Reversal Programme is covered at 100 percent for our eligible members.”

Sara McKittrick, Diabetes Educator at the Bermuda Diabetes Association, noted that local statistics show that 13 percent of Bermuda’s population are living with diabetes, nearly double the global average of 8 percent.

“It is a serious condition as uncontrolled diabetes can lead to major and costly complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputations,” she said.

“While we cannot prevent or reverse Type 1 diabetes, the recent evidence regarding reversal of Type 2 diabetes is very promising and gives patients hope to change the course of their condition.

“The Bermuda Diabetes Association is proud to be involved in the pioneering programme, which has already proven to help many of its participants with the management of Type 2 diabetes.”

  • For more information on the Diabetes Reversal Programme, contact the Premier Health & Wellness Centre on 292-5211 or email drp@premierhealth.bm.
  • It is important to note that individual results of participants in the programme will vary depending on a number of factors including, but not limited to, compliance and adherence to the programme guidelines. No participant’s individual result should be seen as typical and results are not guaranteed.
  • Photo Courtesy of Troncossi Public Relations.