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United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, October 02 - 2007 @ 11:37

“Self regulation by food production companies and the deployment by local governments of nation-wide controls have meant that the consumers’ ability to determine just what goes onto the food table has never been so straightforward,” said ICLDC’s Dr. Maha Taysir Barakat, Consultant Endocrinologist and Medical & Research Director at the Centre.

She stressed that diet plays an important role in general well-being, particularly for those living with diabetes and confirmed that by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, not only can diabetes be managed, but it is possible to help prevent its onset, if predisposition is recognized early.

Recent figures suggest that one out of five people in the UAE aged 20 to 79 already live with diabetes.

“If you are living with diabetes, your diet is an important part of your treatment plan,” she said.

“Today’s ever-stringent food labelling guidelines mean that you can determine what you are eating – and what to avoid – by carefully reading the labels. Reading and understanding food labels can help you make the best dietary choices.”

(This month, during the Holy Month of Ramadan) ICLDC has joined hands with Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi to host live cooking demonstrations (from 9.30pm to 10.30pm nightly). More that 10,000 people are expected to see one or more of the shows, dubbed ‘I COOK HEALTHILY’.

‘I COOK HEALTHILY’ is the second stage of ICLDC’s multi-pronged public health awareness campaign, ‘DIABETES. KNOWLEDGE. ACTION’, in partnership with Emirates Foundation.

Chef Salim, Executive Chef with Abu Dhabi National Hotels, is billed to make nightly performances, cooking up more than 60 recipes (two a night) at a bespoke IKEA kitchen especially constructed in Marina Mall’s exhibition concourse.

Dr. Maha endorsed the cook show concept and approved each of the 60 recipes. The recipes are now available for download on

ICLDC’s Practical Tips for Healthy eating

The ingredient list informs you of the ingredients that are used in the packaged food and they are shown in descending order according to their weight

The first ingredient makes up the largest quantity of the food items. Beware of the foods where fat, margarine, cream, oil or sugar feature the top few ingredients.

Useful Tips:
1. Avoid food with added sugar.
2. Avoid fried food.
3. Eat more fiber. In fact, half of your plate should be green as a rule of thumb (e.g. Salad, vegetables, tabbouleh)
4. Lastly and most importantly daily walking or regular exercise is essential.

Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art diabetes centre, ICLDC, opened just over one year ago (August 2006) and is now the UAE’s largest, leading, multi-disciplinary diabetes facility. It is dedicated to prevention, treatment, training and research covering all aspects of diabetes and its complications.

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