Diabetes: KSA is 7th in the world, 1st in Gulf

Diabetes: KSA is 7th in the world, 1st in Gulf
Updated 24 June 2015

Diabetes: KSA is 7th in the world, 1st in Gulf

Diabetes: KSA is 7th in the world, 1st in Gulf

RIYADH: Despite significant improvement internationally in the study and treatment of diabetes over the past five years due to the development of new drugs that control blood sugar levels, endocrinologists have revealed that the Kingdom ranks seventh worldwide and the first in the Gulf in terms of diabetes rates.
Director of the diabetes program at the National Guard, Dr. Saleh Al-Jasser, said the American Diabetes Association stressed that new medicines must be studied to prove their effectiveness and to confirm their degree of safety, following a review of the results of a scientific study conducted over four years about the side effects of some diabetes treatments.
He said that diabetes rates have exceed 23 percent among 60 to 73-year-olds, while Arabs are more susceptible to diabetes due to the existence of particular genes not present in other races.
Consultant physician and head of the Diabetes and Endocrine Unit at King Saudi Medical City in Riyadh, Dr. Morad Al-Morad, said that Type II diabetes affects 400 million people around the world, or 9 percent of the total population, and is expected to increase to 600 million people over the next 20 years.
“After monitoring the side effects of some drugs on the heart, the US Food and Drug Administration decided to further study any new drugs in this field,” he said, noting that diabetes patients tend to suffer from other diseases such as cholesterol and heart disease.
He warned against resorting to the use of herbal medicine because of the increased side effects and suffering in patients, which can be as extreme as kidney failure in some cases.