Screening worth Dh700 for just Dh1
With just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, people with pre-diabetes can prevent their condition from turning worse.” Dr Yasmin Shaikh, RAK Hospital
ras al khaimah — How can you get screened for diabetes for just Dh1? This vital medical service can be availed by simply registering online for a physical fitness challenge, in Ras Al Khaimah.
With a focus on active lifestyle and prevention this World Diabetes Day, RAK Hospital and Dubai’s RAK Diabetes Centre, Jumeirah, have rolled out a month-long campaign to motivate people to give up their sedentary lifestyle.
The campaign, slated from November 13 to December 14, kickstarted with the ‘Blue Ring Challenge’ inviting UAE residents to free blood sugar screenings (RBS) at both premises, to find for themselves the positive effect of physical exercise on sugar levels.
Inaugurated at RAK Hospital, the campaign will offer free screenings to the general public and corporates on November 15, at Dubai RAK Diabetes Centre, and to corporates in Ras Al Khaimah on 16. RAK’s taxi drivers already got a free screening at the inauguration.
Dr Zain Gulzar, consultant endocrinologist at RAK Hospital and Dubai RAK Diabetes Centre, said visitors can get their blood sugar tested prior to a 20-minute exercise regime — cycling, brisk walking, swimming, skipping, jogging, zumba or any other cardiovascular exercise. “They can get themselves retested to check how much their blood sugar levels have reduced 20 minutes later.”
On an average, diabetic patients will see their blood sugar drop by 20 percent after just 20 minutes of exercise, while the drop will vary in non-diabetics. This will drive home the importance of staying active in a far more effective manner, Dr Gulzar explained. “UAE residents can also register for the challenge online and get a diabetes health screening voucher worth Dh700 for just Dh1, which they can avail either at Hospital or the Diabetes Centre.
Dr Yasmin Shaikh, group marketing head of Arabian Healthcare Group and RAK Hospital, said at the end of The Blue Ring Challenge on December 14, all those who registered will have a chance to win mega prizes such as IPhone X, Smart Gear, sports equipment, bicycles and family annual health checkup vouchers at the screening.
“With just 20 to 30 minutes of active exercise five days a week, people with pre-diabetes can control and prevent their condition from turning worse, while the activity significantly brings down sugar levels in known diabetic patients.” According to the World Health Organisation, sedentary lifestyle is among the 10 leading causes of death since it gives rise to a number of chronic ailments, and significantly increases the risk of diabetes and pre-diabetes.
One in five UAE residents are affected by diabetes, and there may be a sizeable number that are in a pre-diabetic stage but are not aware of it, he added. “The disease’s predatory nature often leads to other chronic health issues, particularly related to cardiovascular and obesity.”
The number of diabetic patients in the UAE has reportedly risen by 35 per cent since 2014. firstname.lastname@example.org
Drivers doing zumba as part of a 20-minute exercise after blood sugar testing at RAK Hospital. —