DDI com­mem­o­rates World Di­a­betes Day

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Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute (DDI), a lead­ing cam­paigner for di­a­betes aware­ness in Kuwait, held an in­for­ma­tive event to com­mem­o­rate World Di­a­betes Day on Thurs­day, 17 Novem­ber, 2016 at its premises. The event al­lowed visi­tors to con­sult with di­a­betes spe­cial­ists and di­eti­tians as well as gather healthy in­for­ma­tion from booths that ex­plained var­i­ous facts of di­a­betes and pro­moted healthy life­style mod­i­fi­ca­tion. Around 1000 guests at­tended the event un­der­lin­ing the in­ter­est in Kuwait to pre­vent and man­age this dan­ger­ous life­style dis­ease.

Many of the booths at the event were about ed­u­cat­ing visi­tors on proper di­etary habits, sage phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties and oral health. At this event, there were in­for­ma­tive booths of­fered by the In­sti­tute, some of which pro­vided blood glu­cose test­ing, fun­dus­copic and po­di­atric ex­ams, as well as nutri­tional, ed­u­ca­tional and fit­ness con­sul­ta­tions by the In­sti­tute’s ex­perts. In ad­di­tion, the event hosted booths by the Kuwait Di­a­betes So­ci­ety, Oral Health Pro­gram (Min­istry of Health), LOYAC, Kuwait Fi­nance House amongst others, pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes and the gen­eral pub­lic.

The pri­mary goal of the event is to pre­vent the com­pli­ca­tions of di­a­betes in peo­ple with di­a­betes through rais­ing aware­ness about the com­pli­ca­tions, and em­pow­er­ing those af­fected by di­a­betes to proac­tively take con­trol of their di­a­betes and im­prove their qual­ity of life. The main key mes­sages were to take con­trol of blood sugar, watch your choles­terol, keep blood pres­sure in check, don’t forget your kid­neys, look out for your eyes and ex­am­ine your feet.

The event re­flected an ex­cit­ing en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one, and the ac­tiv­i­ties were tai­lored to­wards young chil­dren through fun shows fea­tur­ing mas­cots, a magic show, and other ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. “Hold­ing such events and ac­tiv­i­ties stems from Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute’s mis­sion state­ment, where health pro­mo­tion and aware­ness are a pri­or­ity for the In­sti­tute. Since its es­tab­lish­ment by the Kuwait Foun­da­tion of the Ad­vance­ment of Sci­ences in 2006, the In­sti­tute or­ga­nizes and takes part in many events and cam­paigns an­nu­ally to shed light on di­a­betes and health in gen­eral. This is in ac­cor­dance with the In­sti­tute’s be­lief that, ‘Pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure’”, Dr Qais Al-Duwairi, Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute said.

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