Local November 8, 2012 | 11:36 am

Dominicans are becoming fat

Santo Domingo. – An unprecedented 60 percent of the Dominican population has obesity issues which pose a high risk of developing diabetes.

The warning came during a press conference Thursday by Cardiology Institute research director Rafael Pichardo, National Health Insurance (SENASA) director Altagracia Guzman, and Dominican Endocrinology Society president Yanet Velez.

Guzman said SENASA presented the results of the study “Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Metabolic Syndrome in the Dominican Republic (EFRICARD II)” earlier this year, conducted by the Cardiology Institute Directorate.

The study found that 29 out of 100 Dominican women and 21 of every 100 men suffer from general obesity visceral obesity, fat in blood and bad cholesterol, due to inadequate nutrition.

Also announced in the activity was a walk organized by SENASA, to mark World Day to Combat Diabetes, slated for November on 14.

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