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Jordan suffers ‘alarming’ rise in chronic diseases

Jordan's National Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics (NCDEG) has warned the rise in chronic disease rates in the country is pushing the country towards the brink of an economic and health crisis, Jordan Times has reported. By 2050, 3.4 million people in Jordan are expected to have diabetes mellitus, 3.7 million with hypertension, and 2.93 million with high cholesterol, NCDEG director, Kamel Ajlouni said, calling these figures "alarming." Ajlouni also noted that diabetes is responsible for 70% of kidney failure cases in the kingdom and is the leading cause of blindness, while Jordan has one of the top 10 most overweight populations in the world.