World Diabetes Day is a global campaign to raise awareness of diabetes and providing the information that an individual need to cope with the disease and treat it carefully, and to complete its mission to achieve the vision towards a healthy and safe society.
On this occasion, His excellency Matar Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, stated that World Diabetes Day provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes as a global public health issue, and what must be done collectively or individually in order to improve prevention, diagnosis and handling of the case disease. And here comes the role of the center through contributing to raising awareness about the dangers of the disease. Awareness is the best solution to prevent the spread of the disease.
On the other hand, Her excellency Dr. Omniyat Al Hajri, Executive Director of the Community Health Sector at Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, said that “Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires the patient to change several lifestyle habits such as diet, exercise and taking medications. For that, Adjustments are required to the patient’s condition so that the person with the disease can make the right decisions when dealing with the disease and cope with it.”
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces, and insulin is a hormone that regulates the level of sugar in the blood, and hyperglycemia or high blood sugar level which is one of the common effects that occurs as a result of uncontrolled diabetes, and over time it leads to severe damage to many of the body’s systems especially the nerves and blood vessels.
According to global statistics, the incidence of the disease reached 537 million adults with diabetes, and adults with prediabetes as well as prone to developing type 2 diabetes amounted to 541 million people, while the deaths reached 6.7 million people. In 2020, 15.4% of the UAE’s population were diagnosed with diabetes.
It is important to note that the center is constantly developing an action plan for participations and creating multiple awareness workshops for various entities with the aim of reaching the largest possible segment of the injured or family members.