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40% Of Diabetes Patients In UAE Have Symptoms Of Kidney Diseases

According to medical experts attending the Emirates Endocrine Congress, being held in Dubai this week, more than 40% of diabetes patients in UAE suffer from, microalbuminuria, protein in the urine, caused by damage in the kidneys as a result of diabetes.

The study revealed that 18% of the group who had undiagnosed diabetes were also found to have microalbuminuria, and if they left without treatment, it could lead to progress leading to end-stage diseases that often require treatment with dialysis, and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases that can result in heart attack and stroke.

Dr. Khaled Al Jaberi, Consultant and Chief of Endocrinology at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, said “The high proportion of people who already have signs of diabetes-related kidney disease is extremely worrying and is probably related to the fact that people fail to seek medical assistance for the signs and symptoms of diabetes early enough. We have a high prevalence of diabetes in the UAE and we know that for every one person who is already diagnosed there is another person who is undiagnosed who may already be suffering from complications of the disease,”

Patients with microalbuminuria must receive proper care to control their blood glucose and within the normal levels through intensive treatment regimes, and also by using anti-hypertensive drugs to lower the .

Dr. Ghaida Kaddaha, the head of the Diabetes Unit, Rashid Hospital, explained “The management of microalbunimuria is to treat aggressively with anti-hypertensive medications using different types of blood pressure drugs such as ACE inhibitors and ARBs to reduce the patient’s blood pressure to recommended levels,”

The best guidelines known worldwide state that diabetes patients should be screened on regular bases for microalbuminuria, so if it appeared that they are infected, they should have their urine checked monthly to determine their protein levels.

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