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Obesity key to type 2 diabetes, which has quadrupled in the last 35 years
A UAE based study predicts that around 26.7 percent of children aged 5-9 and 22 percent of children aged 10-19 will suffer from obesity by 2030 Emirates Hospital Jumeriah urges to fight obesity to reduce diabetes in over 460 million adults globally

Abdulatif, a 73-year old man suffered from complex diabetes which led to kidney failure. Abdulatif, an Emirati in beginning weighed 115kgs and clearly suffered from obesity, a key issue that led to his condition. Research shows that more than two billion people are obese or overweight globally. Obesity is a foremost factor for the lead up to type 2 diabetes, which has quadrupled in the previous 35 years, and more than 460 million adults in the world now have diabetes. In the UAE, over 64 percentage of the populace suffers from obesity, which can have an effect on the monetary boom by 6 billion.

When it comes to type 2 diabetes, prevention is very important. It's particularly necessary to make diabetes prevention a priority if you are overweight or you have a family history of the disease or you have been diagnosed with prediabetes (also known as impaired fasting glucose).

“If you are overweight, diabetes prevention will concentrate on weight loss, which will improve your diabetes outcomes. Every pound you lose can improve your health, and you can also be amazed by how much. With novel therapy, in the previous two months, Abdulatif, has not only lost weight with our proper therapy plan, however his injections have been decreased to once a day, supporting him get better faster,” stated Dr Mohamed Ahmed, who is an endocrinologist and obesity approved consultant at Emirates Hospital Jumeirah.

Studies show that people who lose a modest amount of weight, around 7 percent of initial body weight and workout regularly, decreased the hazard of creating diabetes by nearly 60 percent. As such, struggling with weight problems is the key step to preventing diabetes.

While steps have been undertaken to control obesity, it has been found that this circumstance is increasing at an alarming rate with children ‘which is a predominant danger element for adulthood obesity’. In the UAE, 23 percentage children aged between 5-9 years of age affected from obesity, and it is expected that around 26.7 percent of children aged 5-9 and 22 percent of children aged 10-19 will affected from obesity, denoting that a whole of 378,573 youngsters aged between 5-19 years will be victims of this situation by 2030 giving the sedentary life that most children are exposed to. It is consequently essential that they indulge in excessive physical exercise for weight loss maintenance.

It is also suggested to reverse weight trends, in particular in children and young adults, to fight diabetes. Through essential steps as healthy diet habits, everyday workout and proper treatments, we can fight the international spike in diabetes by struggling with its root cause—obesity.

Unfortunately, Obesity is not only a risk factor for diabetes but also for cancer, sleep apnoea, liver disease, joints problems, and respiratory problems. It’s as well a known reason of cardiovascular disease and may also decrease the life expectancy by up to 30 percent.




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