Confirming its commitment to raise awareness about diabetes, Novo Nordisk launched a type 1 Diabetes children’s camp dubbed “changing diabetes in children” for the first time in Egypt.
The 3 day camp which is sponsored by Novo Nordisk is organized by the Diabetes Youth Care Association (DYCA) under the supervision of Dr. Adel Abdel Aziz, head of IDF in the MENA region, and Dr. Inas Shaltout, head of the Arab Association for the Study of Diabetes “AASD” and Metabolism also a member of IDF.
The camp provided a very friendly and interactive atmosphere for the children teaching them the best ways to manage their type 1 diabetes by providing them with information about insulin, healthy food, foot care, exercise and many other advices so that they can enjoy a better life.
“According to the latest statistics, the numbers of people with diabetes across the world have reached 382 million and it is expected to reach 592 million by 2035, while Egypt is ranked ninth globally and first in the Mena region in terms of diabetes prevalence.” said Dr. Mohamed El Dababy, General Manager of Novo Nordisk Egypt” Since 2001, Novo Nordisk has been committed to improving access to care and essential medicine for people living with diabetes, special dedication has been devoted to vulnerable segments as children and pregnant women.
This is why we are sponsoring the Changing Diabetes in Children Camp,. The camps main purpose is to teach the participating children the proper lifestyle to deal with their condition, the agenda of the camp included exercises, meal calculations, games with healthy life style tips..
Adding to Dr. Mohamed El Dababy, Dr. Inas Shaltout, Head of the Arab Association for the Study of Diabetes “AASD” and Metabolism also a member of IDF said” we have to raise awareness of the importance of embarking on an active and healthy lifestyle for our children, working out for at least 30 minutes a day and eating a well-balanced nutritious diet is of the utmost importance to ensure that our children enjoy a healthy future, Moreover, we have to raise awareness of the early detection of diabetes to reduce prevalence rates and to ensure that those who do have diabetes are able to properly manage it” Dr. Shaltout also added that” We have to launch a national campaign to fight the prevalence of Diabetes among children by arranging professionally supervised intense training sessions for obese and over-weight children in schools, clubs and youth centers.”
Dr. Adel Abdel Aziz, Head of IDF in the MENA region said ”In case of type 1 diabetes which is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, the body does not produce insulin, Insulin is vital to convert sugar and other food into energy needed for everyday life and activities. Children with type 1 diabetes require insulin therapy, in addition to learning how to manage their condition for a better life. Dr. Abdel Aziz stated that” Many countries around the world hold diabetes children’s camps, these educative camps greatly help the children to get to know more diabetes, insulin, foot care and more about eating healthy and living healthy, these camps are essential to teach the children how to live a better and more enjoyable life.”
People with Diabetes can have a good quality life provided they can maintain a healthy and active lifestyle and learn how to manage their condition effectively. One of Egypt’s champions, Amr Ossama, who is a diabetic, was awarded several medals in Taekwondo and Kung Fu, thanks to his determination and dedication the powerful support of his family.
In a continued effort to fight Diabetes, Novo Nordisk decided to sponsor Amr Ossama to raise awareness of Diabetes and the importance of living strong, active and healthy.
Novo Nordisk will support Amr’s sports activities including trainings, camps and participation in national and international sports tournaments to achieve his dream to become a Kung Fu or a Taekwondo world champion and continue his journey to inspire people and children not only in Egypt but around the world.