Mideast diabetes cases surge 83%
- Middle East: Thursday, December 06 - 2012 at 01:23
Professor John E Anderson, the president of the American Diabetes Association has said the Middle East region is the epicentre of the diabetes pandemic, registering an 83% rise in the number of patients, Gulf Today has reported. "Therefore, the region needs to adopt aggressive public outreach and awareness methods," said Professor Anderson. He warned that the alarming number of diabetics is not only a challenge for countries of the region, but the complications that come with the disease would be more devastating. "The disease affects all parts of the body and it is estimated that 70% of people with Type 2 diabetes die due to stroke or cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, ensuring that people with pre-diabetes and diabetes are detected early on is of absolute importance to help manage diabetes," he said.
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