The Kingdom is fighting the disease with a diet of awareness and early prevention as the region faces a health epidemic. And ‘the target is to have a zero percent rise in deaths due to diabetes by 2025’
Experts say that the number of people in the region living with the condition could more than double by 2045. So the countries across the Gulf need to implement strict protocols to restrict access to junk food, encourage healthier lifestyles and ensure diabetics are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease.
When it comes to allocating health care budgets to treat the soaring number of people suffering from the chronic disease countries in the Middle East and North Africa top worldwide charts almost 4 million people in Saudi Arabia are living with diabetes
To stem the rising epidemic global experts have hailed measures in the Kingdom including taxing sugary drinks, fitness initiatives and focusing on preventative care. However, “there is a lack of urgency to reverse the trend” across the wider region, said, Prof. Adel El-Sayed of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.