Health check for Dubai
Survey reveals one in three people die as a result of heart disease
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.