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‘24 pc of Kuwait’s population diabetic’

KUWAIT CITY, April 26: The Amiri Hospital is organizing a two-day ‘2nd Amiri Diabetes Conference 2014’ at the Al-Jahra Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Kuwait City. The event is held under the auspices of the Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi. The conference was inaugurated by Dr Tarek Al- Jasser, Director of the Capital Health Area on behalf of the minister and chaired by Dr Abdul Nabi. Taking part in the two-day event are a bevy of diabetes specialists who will enlighten the attendees to the conference on the best ways of containing this malady - the growing public health problem here in Kuwait, a country whose population at the moment ranks ninth in the world in terms of people suffering from it, according to Dr Talal Ashour, diabetes specialist at the Amiri Hospital.

Dr Ashour, on the sidelines of the conference, told the Arab Times the main purpose of the conference is to emphasize that “our doctors here in Kuwait know the latest developments in the area of diabetes. He went on to say, the theme of this conference this year is about diabetes in relation to the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The speakers, he said, will be talking about how to deal with diabetes during the month of Ramadan and how to adjust their medication, and “that’s the main concept”. He disclosed, 24 percent of Kuwait’s population is diabetic, “I mean people who know that they are suffering from diabetes.” There are so many people out there who are not even aware that they are suffering from this disease, he added. “We don’t have the exact statistics here but we know that people around 80 percent living in Kuwait are diabetic,” he stressed.

The Amiri Hospital, he said, as a unit about three weeks ago conducted an Open Day for the public at a mall and we discovered around 40 new diagnoses of patients - visitors to the mall who just walked in and opted for a diabetes test. So many of them were shocked to find out they were actually suffering from diabetes. “We actually know the burden of this disease,” he said. He added, it is not necessary to have any symptoms. Unlike what was believed before, diabetes can affect any age — almost people of all ages and that includes children.

The main problem in Kuwait, he said, is obesity which is due to people’s lifestyle and the food they eat, lack of exercise, remaining glued to their electronic gadgets and not following instructions of doctors. Many people are depending on others to do their errands, especially people inside their homes they live a lazy life. Some of the sponsors of the event are Takaful Insurance Co, MerckSerono, ABK, Lilly Diabetes, Pfizer, Sanofi, MSD, Novartis, Janssen, Medtronic, Abbott, Roche, etc.

By: Paul Francis X. Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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