Screen­ing worth Dh700 for just Dh1

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff Re­porter

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. ahmed­shaa­ban@khalee­j­times.com

Supplied photo

Driv­ers do­ing zumba as part of a 20-minute ex­er­cise af­ter blood sugar test­ing at RAK Hos­pi­tal. —

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