Health check for Dubai

Sur­vey re­veals one in three peo­ple die as a re­sult of heart dis­ease

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A health check for the peo­ple of Dubai has re­vealed that heart dis­ease ac­counts for 30 per cent of deaths in the emi­rate.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA), in part­ner­ship with the Dubai Sta­tis­tics Centre, has car­ried out its sec­ond Dubai Health Sur­vey, quizzing 3,298 Emi­rati and ex­pat fam­i­lies.

The re­sults of the sur­vey, which was con­ducted in 2014, were an­nounced yes­ter­day at the authority’s head­quar­ters.

The DHA said the sur­vey in­cluded Dubai res­i­dents from all na­tion­al­i­ties and ages with the aim of learn­ing about the state of their health and their so­cial habits, such as what they eat and whether they smoke. The first such sur­vey by the DHA was con­ducted back in 2009.

The in­for­ma­tion will be used to draw up strate­gies to im­prove the health of the pub­lic, the DHA added.

The sur­vey found 3.5 per cent of the peo­ple in­ter­viewed suf­fered from hy­per­ten­sion, although the fig­ure was much higher among Emi­ratis (18.9 per cent).

The sur­vey also found that more Emi­rati men have high choles­terol (19.8 per cent) than women (18.5 per cent).

The to­tal num­ber of Emi­ratis who suf­fer from high choles­terol was found to be 19.1 per cent, also higher than the non-emi­ratis sur­veyed. The fig­ure for ex­pat women was 6.6 per cent and 3.9 per cent for men.

The find­ings also re­vealed that 21.9 per cent of the peo­ple were smok­ers, while 36.1 per cent of the peo­ple sur­veyed were bor­der­line obese and 11.9 per cent were classed as obese.

“Com­pil­ing such in­for­ma­tion is im­por­tant as it will guide the authority in cre­at­ing its fu­ture strate­gies and plan effective ini­tia­tives that aim to find so­lu­tions and raise aware­ness about rel­e­vant health is­sues in Dubai,” said Hu­maid Al Qatami, Chair­man of the Board and Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of DHA.

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