Sharjah, UAE: The University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) a world-class integrated medical centre and the leading referral hospital for the Northern Emirates has geared up to provide complete management and treatment of diabetes that is becoming more prevalent among children and adults in the UAE.
About 10 percent of the total diabetic population in the country is suffering from Type1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, and requires constant monitoring of the sugar levels in the body.
Dr Naguib Mohamed Hassan Abdel Reheim, Consultant Pediatrician and Pediatric Diabetologist, said;“A specialised clinic has been set up at UHS and will provide the latest and most advanced methods in diagnosis and management of the condition. Pediatricians and dieticianswill provide expert guidance to train patients and parents on how to inject insulin, monitor blood-glucose levels and handle complications.”
“30 per cent of patients are already in a state of a diabetic coma by the time they receive medical care, and this can have severe repercussions for the patient,” he added.
Hanaa Ayesh, mother of UHS patient Saeed Mooty,revealed that her twelve-year-old son, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago. Thanks to technological advancements, her son constantly monitors his blood sugar by himself. A small sensor, the size of 50-fils coin in diameter is attached to his upper arm by a special applicator.This has helped end the constant pricking of skin to get a drop of blood for testing. The scanner reads the blood-sugar levels of cells just below the skin. The scanner can be read by a handheld, wireless reader that is the size of a mobile phone.
An Egyptian father whose six-year-old boy was diagnosed with the disease recently, said,“I was shocked when I first heard the news.Do not ignore this serious situation. If you are in denial about this disease, it will have a negative impact on your child.”
Dr Aml Mohamad Mohamad Nada, Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist at UHS, warned, “1.8 million people, 19 percent of the population in the UAE, are suffering from Type 2 diabetes, which affects the adult population. This country is ranked 16th worldwide in the prevalence of the diabetes; this disease is spreading like a pandemic.”
The main reasons for the spread of diabetes are a sedentary life style and obesity: “The Westernisation of dietary habits, with a dependence on junk food and sugary, soft drinks is also responsible for the disease spreading, but it is fortunate that diabetes can be prevented or delayed. We can avoid up to 70 percent of Type 2 diabetes cases,” she added.
Dr Nada advises eating home-cooked meals, whole grains, fish, poultry and three servings of fruits and vegetables daily. She recommends avoiding saturated-fat products like butter, refined sugars and foods with a high glycemic index. A brisk walk of 30 minutes daily is also vital to control diabetes.
UHS has a specialised clinic for diabetes and endocrinology as well as diabetes foot clinics, vascular surgeons, nephrologists, ophthalmologists, and dieticians that are involved in diabetes care.
“We need a national diabetes prevention programme to combat this illness. Media campaigns in schools will provide information for every parent to raise healthy children and end this pNov 2016