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Diabetes Rates are Increasing in Jordan, study

AmmanThe National Centre for , Endocrinology and Genetics () published its last study showing that the number of diabetic Jordanians aged 25 years and above is increasing. The rate was 30% but within 2050; three million Jordanians are expected to be diabetic. As per NCDEG figures; about 70% of all deaths in are caused by diabetes. NCDEG Director General Kamel Ajlouni explained that globally 366 million people are currently fighting diabetes which leads to kidney failure, blindness, and heart failure and retinal problems.

Those statistics were announced at last week at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes which related to this week’s UN meeting that will also focus on noncommunicable diseases (NCD). Topics that will be covered include diabetes, cancer and heart diseases, according to Ajlouni. He said “We were one of the first countries to develop a national strategy for prevention from noncommunicable diseases, with diabetes topping the list, and it will be discussed this week in the UN meeting”. Mohammad Zaheri, head of the Jordanian Society for the Care of Diabetes mentioned that JD1.2 billion will be spent on diabetes care in 2011 by Jordanians.

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