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Experts call for counteract trends to prevent alarming dominance of lifestyle disorders in the region

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, September 18 - 2013 @ 00:00

The latest statistics from International Diabetes Atlas revealed that the MENA region, with predicted demographic changes including urbanization and ageing, will witness an alarming increase of 82.9% in the prevalence of diabetes by the year 2030.

On a global scenario, countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the UAE are among the top 10 for diabetes prevalence. One in nine adults in the region has diabetes, and more than half of people with diabetes in the region don’t know they have it.

This was revealed at a press conference to announce an International Conference on Lifestyle Disorders in the Region, organized by ASTER -the flagship vertical of DM Healthcare, a leading healthcare provider in the Middle East and India, in association with global pharmaceutical major Novartis, on Friday, 20 September 2013 at Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai.

Dr. Azad Moopen, Chairman and Managing Director of DM Healthcare, will inaugurate the international medical conference.

Dr. PMM Sayed, Medical Director-Aster Medical Centre, a division of DM Healthcare, said, “The health conference, organized as part of Aster’s ongoing ‘Synergic Partnership for a Healthy Life’ programme, will feature a lineup of global, regional and local speakers. Delving into lifestyle diseases, the experts will present updates and the latest therapeutic modes to prevent and treat the diseases ranging from hypertension, diabetes and COPD.”

The lineup of speakers at the international conference includes Professor Gordon T Mcinnes, University of Glasgow-UK; Professor Martin John Stevens from University of Birmingham-UK; Dr. Bassam Mahboub, Head of Pulmonology Department at Rashid Hospital and Consultant Respiratory Physician under Dubai Health Authority (DHA); Dr. Ashish Kumar, Senior Consultant Cardiologist at Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS)-India; Dr. Sami Alhashmi, Specialist Internal Medicine & Registrar Cardiologist at Medcare Hospital-Dubai; Dr. Prakash Pania, Specialist Endocrinologist at Aster Jubilee Medical Complex-Dubai; Dr. Shekhar S. Warrier, Specialist Cardiologist at Aster Medical Center-Dubai; and Dr. Kirti Mohan Marya, Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon at Aster Medical Center-Dubai.

The International Diabetes Atlas’ figures show that the overall predicted increase in numbers with diabetes from 2011 to 2013 across the globe is 50.7%, at an average annual growth of 2.7%. Half of people who die from diabetes are under the age of 60. The estimates are higher than previous statistics. Ageing and the changes that are associated with urbanization, globalization and development are increasingly adding to the burden of diabetes in all countries, particularly in low and middle-income countries.

Hypertension is also among the top lifestyle disorder which increasingly leads to several fatal diseases in the region, especially in the UAE. About 40.8% of the UAE adult population, aged between 35 and 70 years, suffers from hypertension, according to a recent survey by Dubai Heart Center & PHC – Dubai Health Authority (DHA). The study reveals that about 40.9% of females and 40.6% of males suffer from hypertension, among them 34.8% are in urban areas and 52.8% in rural areas. Hypertension awareness covers 66% patients, while 59% of them are receiving treatment and the condition is under control.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is another most common non-communicable health problem in the world, affecting approximately 210 million people. The true prevalence of COPD is likely to be higher as over half of the population is estimated to be undiagnosed. A number of other health issues are commonly associated with COPD, adding significantly to the overall burden of the disease.

The International Medical Conference will cover a range of topics with presentations including Hypertension in the Middle East – an Overview (Dr. Shekhar S. Warrier); Hypertension Definition, Risk Factors & Pathophysiology (Dr. Sami Alhashmi); Management of Hypertension (Prof. Gordon T Mcinnes); How Do I Choose My Anti-Hypertensive? (Dr. Ashish Kumar); Standards of Diabetic Care in Diabetics (Dr. Prakash Pania); Incretin-Based Therapies in the Treatment of Type-2 Diabetes (Prof. Martin John Stevens); Osteoporosis Management: Why? When? Who? (Dr. Kirti Mohan Marya); and COPD Uncovered (Dr. Bassam Mahboub).

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