Complimentary Diabetes Risk Assessment and Awareness Camp in Ras Al Khaimah

Women with PCOS and History of Gestational Diabetes at high risk of developing the chronic disease

18th November 2020, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: With the aim to educate the community and a mission to beat Diabetes, RAK Medical Centre, Al Hamra Mall, a sister concern of RAK Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah, is conducting a complimentary Diabetes Screening, Risk Assessment and Awareness Camp at their premises until November 30thfrom 10 am – 8pm every day except Fridays. The programme invites RAK residents for free Diabetes Check up as well as lifestyle guidance on the approach and strategy to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Worldwide, one in 2 people suffering from Type 2 diabetes is not aware of his/her condition while four out of five parents have difficulty spotting warning signs of diabetes in their children. The statistics shared by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) further estimates that by 2020 around 32 percent of UAE’s adult population (between 20 – 70 years) will be either diabetic or pre-diabetic.

“The overall prevalence of diabetes has been increasing and currently about one-fourth of the country’s population suffers with this debilitating condition. The numbers are alarming and definitely need great attention and a collaborative effort. Through the camp, we intend to reach out to the community and help them understand the significance of early diagnosis. Our purpose is to provide guidelines on managing the chronic condition to the existing diabetics while identifying individuals who are completely unaware of their state of health”, said Dr Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of RAK Hospital.

Highlighting the effects of having chronic hyperglycemia,Dr Hala Youssef Hamdy, Specialist Endocrinologist at RAK Hospital said, “Consistently high glucose levels in the body can lead to higher incidences of strokes and heart attacks. In fact, since this condition is known as a silent killer, many patients never realize that they have diabetes until they land up in hospital emergencies. Therefore, it’s important to educate the community on the effects of such conditions as only early detection and treatment can reduce the risk and the burden of diabetes and its complications”

“We recommend regular screening for high risk individuals including obese or overweight, people having high cholesterol, hypertension and people with family history of diabetes”, added Dr. Hamdy.

Additionally, women suffering with PCOS need to be extra careful as the underlying cause of PCOS is a significant hormonal imbalance that often appears to have its root in problems with insulin metabolism. Moreover, the relationship between PCOS and insulin resistance seems obvious in the UAE where one in five females suffer from type 2 diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.

Women who suffered gestational diabetes during pregnancy also come under high risk as about  50% of them go on to develop type 2 diabetes. 

People can just walk into RAK Medical Center, Al Hamra Mall, First Floor for free screenings and assessments, no appointments needed.

For more information on the services, please call 07 2278308 or 0551479007 or visit   www.rakhospital.com