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World Diabetes Day 2016

November 14, 2016 by Dubai Podiatry Centre0

Today, 14 November, is World Diabetes Day. The UAE has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. Although much is being done to tackle this global epidemic, there are simple steps you can take to minimize your risk. Get yourself tested (it’s easy and fast). And if you are diagnosed with diabetes, there’s plenty you can do to lead a healthy life without complications, such as getting your eyes tested annually by your ophthalmologist, your feet by your Podiatrist and seeing your Diabetologist / GP regularly. Yaking any medication as prescribed as well as eating healthily and being active are vital too.

Here are the latest statistics (courtesy of the International Diabetes Federation):

  • Approximately 415 million adults have diabetes; by 2040 this will rise to 642 million
  • The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
  • 75% of adults with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries
  • The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 and 59 years of age
  • 1 in 2 (46%) people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • Diabetes caused 5 million deaths in 2015; every six seconds a person dies from diabetes
  • Diabetes caused at least USD 673 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2015 –12% of total spending on adults
  • More than 542,000 children live with type 1 diabetes in 2015
  • More than 20.9 million live births were affected by diabetes during pregnancy in 2015 – 1 in 7 births 

If you are worried you might be diabetic, see your GP without delay. They will refer you for an eye and foot check (and you can also refer yourself here in the UAE). Contact the UK trained and qualified Podiatrists at Dubai Podiatry Centre on +971 4 3435390 today


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