At least 15 per cent of people in Dubai are diabetic while the number of undiagnosed cases in the emirate is more than 11 per cent.
That’s according to the second phase of the Dubai Diabetes Survey which also shows that around 16% of us are “at high risk” of developing the disease.
The study conducted by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in collaboration with the Dubai Statistics Centre covered 5,000 residents (both Emiratis and expats) above the age of 18.
The total prevalence of diabetes among Emiratis in Dubai is 19 per cent, while undiagnosed cases is 11 per cent and 18.6 per cent are in the pre-diabetic stage.
Among expatriates in Dubai, the diabetes prevalence rate is 14.7 per cent, undiagnosed cases is 11.3 per cent, while 15.5 per cent of expats are at risk of developing the disease.
Dr. Mohamed Hassanein, Consultant Endocrinologist at Dubai Hospital said that the latest statistics will help tailor prevention programmes that target high-risk groups and also develop awareness campaign for those at low-risk.
Officials have reiterated that identifying the number of undiagnosed cases as well as the rate of those at risk of developing diabetes is important because it allows for early management of the disease.
In addition to launching prevention programmes, the DHA is planning to roll out a diabetes risk calculator to help individuals estimate the likelihood of becoming diabetic and the frequency of screening required.
Dr. Mohamed Hassanein explains how it’s likely to help.
Authorities have added that the results of the Dubai Diabetes Survey 2017 cannot be generalised to represent the whole country, but they are vital to establish an effective action plan that will help fulfill the UAE national strategy to reduce the prevalence of diabetes.
Dr. Fatheya Al Awadi, Chair of DHA Diabetes Committee says that the government’s strategies and programmes are moving in the right direction.