SDA physicians profile prevalent island diseases - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

SDA physicians profile prevalent island diseases

Posted: Updated:
 by Jolene Toves

Guam - Guam Seventh-Day Adventist doctors presented to Rotarians this afternoon regarding diseases prevalent in Guam and steps you can take to prevent them. Several illnesses are more prevalent in Guam than other parts of the world.

Seventh-Day Adventist doctors Tim Arawkawa and Anna Ursales detailed ways we can treat or even prevent these diseases through simple lifestyle changes. Dr. Ursales said about tuberculosis, "I found an article where the rates of TB here are actually six times higher than that of Hawaii and twelve times higher than that of the US mainland."

She says higher rates in Guam may be due to limited land space and closer contact between individuals, hence the importance for screening, not only for TB, but for sexually transmitted diseases as well as human immunodeficiency virus.

Dr. Arawkawa, on the other hand, is an endocrinology specialist, and says one major disease facing Guamanians is diabetes. SDA has many programs to help combat this issue, as he said, "We have some lifestyle programs that help people with diet, help them with exercise, give them the tools that they need in order to take better care of their diabetes. And in fact, if they start early enough, they can prevent diabetes from even occurring."

Lorraine Aguon was a participant in the last detox program, and said, "I lost nine pounds and then the following day I lost another pound. My clothes started to fit me and then I realized that my joints, my pains are gone."

Aguon had been suffering from weight gain and arthritis and because of her positive results, decided to continue following the program. To learn more about disease prevention, screening or wellness programs, you can contact the SDA Clinic at 646-8881. 
  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Friends mourn Mangilao crash victim Ana Chargualaf

    Friends mourn Mangilao crash victim Ana Chargualaf

    Friday, March 22 2019 3:50 AM EDT2019-03-22 07:50:59 GMT
    The 67-year old woman who died in a three-car crash in Mangilao has been identified as Ana Chargualaf. Her death marks the fifth traffic-related fatality of the year. Seniors at the Mangilao Senior Citizen Center held a moment of silence early Friday mornMore >>
    The 67-year old woman who died in a three-car crash in Mangilao has been identified as Ana Chargualaf. Her death marks the fifth traffic-related fatality of the year. Seniors at the Mangilao Senior Citizen Center held a moment of silence early Friday mornMore >>
  • Guam ranked 5th in chlamydia rates

    Guam ranked 5th in chlamydia rates

    Thursday, March 21 2019 10:39 PM EDT2019-03-22 02:39:04 GMT
    The rates of sexually transmitted diseases on island are climbing. Last year, Guam ranked a startling 5th in the nation for Chlamydia.This week, representatives from the Department of Public Health traveled off island to a national conference to find soluMore >>
    The rates of sexually transmitted diseases on island are climbing. Last year, Guam ranked a startling 5th in the nation for Chlamydia.This week, representatives from the Department of Public Health traveled off island to a national conference to find soluMore >>
  • Former Guam residents return as marines for military exercise

    Former Guam residents return as marines for military exercise

    Thursday, March 21 2019 10:12 PM EDT2019-03-22 02:12:42 GMT
    A pair of Guam-bred Marines were back home for a brief visit, after taking part in the recent COPE North exercise involving more than two thousand troops from three countries. For Marines Benjamin Blas Jr. and Daelankris Alviz, the multinational Cope NortMore >>
    A pair of Guam-bred Marines were back home for a brief visit, after taking part in the recent COPE North exercise involving more than two thousand troops from three countries. For Marines Benjamin Blas Jr. and Daelankris Alviz, the multinational Cope NortMore >>
Powered by Frankly