Suratt praises soft drink ban
KENNETH Suratt, executive officer of the TT Blind Welfare Association yesterday commended Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh for banning the sale of soft drinks in schools and making schools healthy zones. Suratt said this will go a long way in reducing blindness linked to diabetes in the country. “I totally support government on their decision to reduce sugar content in schools by adjusting the menu in the school feeding program and what is sold in school cafeterias,” Suratt said.
“Since diabetes is a major cause of blindness and consuming too much sugar could lead to diabetes.
A patient suffering from diabetes could develop diabetic retinopathy which could lead to complete blindness.” Suratt said diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye, and is the common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes.