744 (14%) people had sugar reading outside the normal rang, out of which (30%) had uncontrolled Diabetic condition
Dubai, UAE, June 9th, 2013: The Clinical Nutrition Department of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), together with DecideTM Diabetes Programme, supported by its partners Lifescan, Merck Serono and MPC, has announced that they have conducted 5252 free blood sugar screening activities at various establishments such as hospitals, corporate and clubs in the UAE since September 2011 to raise awareness on diabetes prevention and management. During this month DHA and DecideTM have already conducted screenings and have reached out to the sports clubs, universities and Dubai Customs and licensing department in Dragon Mart.
Out of the 5252 people screened over the last one year, 744 (14%) people had sugar reading outside the normal, out of which (30%) had uncontrolled Diabetic condition.
Decide™ not only seeks to educate people affected by diabetes, but is also involved in helping family members understand how they can better support those who live with the condition. This is attained through promoting healthy eating habits, encouraging physical exercise and overall management and monitoring of the various areas of the body that can be impacted by diabetes.
Dr. Wafaa Helmi Ayesh, Director of Clinical Nutrition Department, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) stated that, “DHA and DecideTM have been conducting these screenings across the UAE since 2011 and we aim to reach out to more people this year. People will be less prone to diabetes and other health-related diseases when they are given the right information on the benefits of healthy living, which mainly includes proper nutrition and an active lifestyle. During these events we also do gauge the Body Mass Index (BMI) and this also gives the people another reason to keep their body weight under check. We, at DHA, are committed to the well-being of the residents in the UAE and we aim to share our wealth of experience and knowledge through these events to people in UAE for them to lead a healthy and happy life”.
During these events DHA and DecideTM aims to generate awareness on diabetes, check the Body BMI, conduct the blood sugar screenings and provide dietary tips for diabetic patents.
“People with diabetes who keep their blood glucose (sugar) at normal levels after they are diagnosed could spare themselves the consequences of diabetes which could be manifested as problems with their eyes, nerves, kidneys, and even the cardiac related ones. Even before reaching this stage of getting diabetes it can be prevented by self discipline such as adopting a healthy lifestyle, especially watching how much you eat and exercising every day to help prevent diabetes and other related illnesses. Actually, it has been shown that a daily 30-minute walk can help you manage diabetes and lower your chances of developing cardiac problems associated with diabetes, such as heart attack and stroke. Now, more than ever, due to the fast rhythm of life style, it is important to see our healthcare providers regularly to check on our health so as to avoid the condition treat or even manage diabetes effectively at early stages. This is a journey of education that we plan to impart to both the nationals and expatriates through these yearlong screening events in order to inform them about the ways to prevent and/or manage diabetes if it exists,” says Wadad Aboul Khoudoud, Decide Diabetes Programme Director.