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Diabetes Discussed at DALM Symposium in Qatar

DuhaAccording to a senior expert from Hamad Medical Corporation (), around 15% of ‘s population is affected by , which is a major health problem that represents about 10% the country’s healthcare expenditure. During the17th International Drugs Affecting Lipid Metabolism (DALM) Symposium on diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome in , Dr. Mahmoud Zirie, Consultant-Head of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Department at HMC, mentioned that Qatar is directing more investments in diabetes care and prevention than other GCC countries.

Dr. Zirie said “Diabetes as a healthcare problem leads to associated micro vascular and macro vascular complications, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease, and retinopathy and foot ulcers. It is estimated that diabetes takes up 10% of healthcare expenditures in the society. With high prevalence of affective disorders adversely impacting employment, absentees and work productivity, the overall cost to the economy is huge” He highlighted the role played by HMC in solving the problem of diabetes, especially among Qatari population, saying that “They have a specialized team of physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians and podiatrists. The results of such a diabetes program at HMC have yielded impressive results”.

There were many presentations on diabetes and metabolic diseases from several other experts from Qatar and abroad. The organizers revealed that this symposium aims to update physicians, especially in the Middle East, on the recent research regarding the prevention and pharmacological treatment of diabetes, obesity and related cardio metabolic disorders.

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