The Barbados Diabetes Foundation

The Barbados Diabetes Foundation (BDF) was formed in 2001 as a mechanism for providing a holistic approach to the management of diabetes in Barbados. It benefited from a grant from a  private  foundation  based  in  Liechtenstein  to  construct  a  specialist  diabetes  center.  We  are  proud  of  our  latest  achievement  ­  the  new  Maria  Holder  Diabetes  Centre  for  the  Caribbean  opened in 2014 in Barbados.

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Our Services

Take a look at some of the diabetes treatments and services we offer. If you have a specific request you can give us a call or submit an enquiry.

Physician Services

Diabetes specialist physician consultations & in-house laboratory testing

Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Private consultations, Management of medications and blood sugar control

Exercise Group

Individual exercise consultation with exercise specialist


Nail cutting, Corn and Callus Removal, Biomechanical assessment

Laboratory Testing

Have your HBA1C, cholesterol, kidney function and other tests done inhouse.


Get nutrition advice and details on what and how much to eat.

What Our Patients Say

Many of our patient have had success in managing their diabetes with our assistance.

Our Diabetes Blog

Diabetes and Sleep Disorders

Research has found a strong connection between diabetes and sleep issues. Diabetics often suffer from sleep loss. And sleep loss can increase the likelihood of developing diabetes and exacerbate the symptoms for someone already dealing with the disease.

5 Nutrition Tips for Individuals Living with Diabetes

By Victoria Cox, MSc, Registered Dietitian Diabetes is a chronic disease that many Barbadians are living with, and that many Barbadians struggle to control through diet. The food that we eat can have a huge impact on our blood glucose or blood sugar levels, and thus on the management of diabetes. Here are 5 tips to help you control your blood sugar through nutrition: 

Daily Foot Care for Diabetics

As always, prevention is better than cure. A good daily foot care routine will help keep your feet healthy and assist in avoiding complications associated with diabetes. We all know that there is a serious issue in Barbados when it comes to foot care and diabetics. Be smart and put the extra effort in caring for your feet.