The Hardt Eye Clinic is currently finding more ways to combat diabetes through programs and free services.
Hardt Eye Clinic co-owner Dr. Don Hardt shared with the Rotary Club of Saipan his passion for battling diabetes during the organization’s recent meeting at the Hyatt Regency Saipan.
According to Hardt’s presentation, approximately 25 percent of Chamorros and 21 percent of Carolinians on the island are diagnosed with diabetes. The numbers put together is 50 percent higher than the rate in the U.S mainland.
No other disease comes close. The youngest diabetes patient that Hardt knows was diagnosed when the child was only 9 years old.
Hardt hopes that more will start making better choices and if they are in need of help, Hardt Eye Clinic offers their help in the battle against the epidemic. Hardt is one of the few certified diabetes educators in the Commonwealth. He was recently certified.
According to Hardt, obesity and diabetes should be taken more seriously in the Commonwealth. Although doctors and politicians know that the rate of diabetes on the islands is a serious matter, Hardt feels that it isn’t taken seriously enough.
Hardt uses the example of the sugar tax law. According to Hardt, the implementation of this law was an opportunity for the public to possibly lower their intake of sugary beverages and steer them into making better beverage choices. Although many were against the sugar tax law, Hardt feels that it should be reconsidered.
Hardt’s clinic is open for health screenings like blood pressure screening, blood sugar screening, body mass index checks, and counseling.
Hardt’s clinic also offers programs for those who are at risk of diabetes. The program includes counseling and it also includes help from physicians in creating meal plans, healthy choices, and more.