DHA to im­ple­ment novel strate­gies vs di­a­betes

The Gulf Today - - 3 - BY MARIECAR JARA-PUYOD

DUBAI: Dubai Health Au­thor­ity (DHA) is con­tin­u­ally for­mu­lat­ing and im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies to curb the in­ci­dence of di­a­betes among its res­i­dents which the Dubai Sta­tis­tics Cen­tre (DSC) placed at 2,877,926 as of Nov. 12.

Two of th­ese strate­gies, al­ready on the draw­ing board, are the avail­abil­ity of health coaches and the Dubai Di­a­betes Risk Cal­cu­la­tor (DDRC) smart mo­bile app.

Th­ese are in re­la­tion to the “20142017 Dubai Di­a­betes Sur­vey” con­ducted by the DHA Di­a­betes Com­mit­tee in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the DSC.

The sur­vey now serves as the full land­scape of the preva­lence of the dis­ease in the emi­rate as from the 5,000 re­spon­dents—2,500 Emi­ratis and 2,500 ex­pa­tri­ates—from nine res­i­den­tial ar­eas, the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple with un­di­ag­nosed di­a­betes and those who are pre-di­a­bet­ics have also been recorded.

All the re­spon­dents be­tween the ages of 20 and 79 un­der­went blood glu­cose tests.

From the Tues­day (World Di­a­betes Day) pre­sen­ta­tion of Dha-di­a­betes Com­mit­tee chair­per­son/dubai Hospi­tal­en­docrinol­ogy De­part­ment head Dr. Fatheya Al Awadi, the fol­low­ing were known: to­tal preva­lence of di­a­betes among the Emi­ratis liv­ing in Dubai is at 19 per cent or 475; to­tal of un­di­ag­nosed di­a­bet­ics is at 11 per cent or 275; and to­tal num­ber of pre-di­a­bet­ics is at 18.6 per cent or 465.

The preva­lence rate of di­a­betes among the for­eigner-res­i­dents of Dubai is at 14.7 per cent or 368; to­tal of un­di­ag­nosed di­a­bet­ics is at 11.3 per cent or 283; and to­tal num­ber of pre-di­a­betic ex­pa­tri­ates is at 15.5 per cent or 388.

Over-all, among the 5,000 lo­cals and non-emi­ratis sur­veyed, to­tal preva­lence of di­a­betes is at 15.2 per cent or 760 and the pre-di­a­bet­ics are at 16 per cent or 800.

From the press con­fer­ence, DHA board chair­man/di­rec­tor gen­eral Hu­maid Al Qatami ex­pressed sup­port to the DDRC smart mo­bile app.

Asked by The Gulf To­day how DHA shall go about em­ploy­ing this anti-di­a­betes ini­tia­tive, Dubai Hospi­tal con­sul­tant en­docri­nol­o­gist Dr. Mo­hamed Has­sanein said that while the DHA al­ready has the app, dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing, speci­ically about the DDRC com­po­nents in re­la­tion to the health/di­a­betes proile of every in­di­vid­ual which may range from one’s age, fam­ily his­tory, weight and blood pres­sure level.

He said the sur­vey re­sults con­cre­tise the nec­es­sary man­age­ment to the var­i­ous stages of di­a­betes which is char­ac­terised by the spiked lev­els of sugar in the blood.

From the side­lines, Al Awadi ex­plained that apart from con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tional/aware­ness cam­paigns, the health coaches shall be there to as­sist in en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one de­vi­ate from life­styles that in­sti­gate di­a­betes.

From the side­lines, Dha-pri­mary Health Care Ser­vices Sec­tor-health Af­fairs De­part­ment di­rec­tor Dr. Na­hed Mon­sef was hope­ful that the im­po­si­tion of the tax sys­tem on goods namely sug­ary/frizzy drinks and to­bacco will lead to bet­ter health, one of which is the mit­i­ga­tion of di­a­betes among res­i­dents.

She said: “We need time to see the ef­fect. I am hope­ful the taxes will help ev­ery­one re­alise how th­ese (items) which are not good for our health in the irst place af­fect us.”

Mean­while, the world’s lead­ing med­i­cal and travel se­cu­rity risk ser­vices com­pany In­ter­na­tional SOS re­leased the fol­low­ing ad­vice to di­a­bet­ics on travel:

Visit your health­care pro­fes­sional well in ad­vance of travel to dis­cuss your itin­er­ary and ac­tiv­i­ties.

En­sure your di­a­betes is sta­ble and op­ti­mally con­trolled.

Have enough med­i­ca­tion for the trip and a bit ex­tra in case of de­lays. Med­i­ca­tion should be in its orig­i­nal con­tainer, clearly la­beled with the con­tents and your name.

Re­quest a let­ter de­scrib­ing your con­di­tion, med­i­ca­tion and equip­ment re­quired, and carry a copy of your pre­scrip­tions.

Main­tain healthy diet and ac­tive life­style es­pe­cially that you are away from home.

Di­a­betes may lead to heart dis­ease, stroke, kid­ney ail­ments, blind­ness and nerve dam­age.

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