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New Mobile Clinic To diagnose Diabetes in Saudi Arabia

Diabetes centre in RiyadhA will be operating by the Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association () in East Province next year to detect diabetes. “Worldwide people especially Arab countries are suffering from diabetes and its complications. Most suffering people are in Saudi Arabia” said Abdul Aziz Al-Turki, SDEA’s chairman.

He also commented “During this year, the number of diabetes patients becoming over 285 million patients and there will be a rapid increase until 2030” Al-Turki expressed his concerns about these numbers. He added that “Humans can protect themselves from this disease with considering Health education that encourage them to eat healthy food, practice sports and avoid smoking”.

A diabetes awareness campaign was recently announced by Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Mulhem, chairman of the SDEA Scientific Committee and director of the association’s. He said “Some of the highest rates of diabetes are located in Cooperation Council () countries so that the campaign will continue for five years”.

The chance of having diabetes can be limited by 70 to 90 percent with following a healthy lifestyle, mentioned Dr. Basem Futa, the association’s chairman of its . He is worried about the increasing obesity in children noting that there are three million obese children in the Kingdom.

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