“Focusing on fighting obesity and ensuring that one follows a healthy lifestyle is important. Children should be advised to run, exercise, avoid smoking and fight off obesity,” says Dr Abdulrazzaq Al Madani, president of the Emirates Diabetes Society.  Lee Hoagland / The National
“Focusing on fighting obesity and ensuring that one follows a healthy lifestyle is important. Children should be advised to run, exercise, avoid smoking and fight off obesity,” says Dr Abdulrazzaq Al Show more

Four in 10 diabetics in UAE unaware they have condition



ABU DHABI // More than 800,000 people have diabetes in the UAE – and almost half do not know it.

Data from the International Diabetes Federation to mark today’s World Diabetes Day shows there are 37 million diabetics in the Mena region, including 803,900 in the UAE.

The IDF says about 40 per cent (327,000) in the UAE are unaware they have diabetes. It predicts the region’s figure will rise by more than 80 per cent to 68 million by 2035 unless action is taken.

“We didn’t have this disease in this part of the world three decades ago,” said Dr Habiba Al Safar, an Emirati researcher who has been looking for a genetic link to diabetes in nationals.

“Statistics say 19 per cent of people in UAE suffer from diabetes and this is a huge number. Imagine what it will be like in 2030. We need to take care, especially the younger generation.”

The IDF says diabetes will kill 363,000 people in Mena this year, 53 per cent of them under the age of 60.

Meanwhile, Sharjah Education Council says nine cases of cancer and 79 of diabetes were uncovered in free tests of pupils in 88 schools this year. The data was released for World Diabetes Day.

“The incidence of diabetes is increasing all over the world,” said Dr Abdulrazzaq Al Madani, president of the Emirates Diabetes Society. But he said the UAE had made strides.

In 2001 the country ranked second in the world for prevalence. It now ranks 16th.

“This is an achievement,” Dr Al Madani said. “Earlier people did not know what diabetes was but now they do.

“Focusing on fighting obesity and ensuring that one follows a healthy lifestyle is important. Children should be advised to run, exercise, avoid smoking and fight off obesity.”

The Diabetes 2014 Atlas puts the UAE fifth in the region for prevalence, behind Saudi Arabia with 23.9 per cent, Kuwait with 23.1, Bahrain with 21.9 and Qatar with 19.8.

The UAE had about an 8 per cent increase from the reported 745,940 diabetics last year.

The Marshall Islands topped the list of countries for prevalence with 37.1 per cent of the population having diabetes.

Seven of the top 20 countries for diabetes are from the Mena region but almost half of have not had the disease diagnosed.

The region is the worst in the world for diabetes prevalence, IDF says.

“We are seeing an increase in diabetes prevalence and mortality year-on-year,” said Prof Adel El Sayed, chairman of the Mena branch of the IDF. “However, we now have simple, cost-effective ways to tackle this increase.

“Investing in healthy nutrition and increasing the accessibility of healthy food choices will reduce the global burden of diabetes and save billions in lost productivity and healthcare costs.”

Diabetes numbers continue to increase worldwide with 387 million people, or 8.3 per cent of adults, living with it. That number is estimated to rise to more than 592 million by 2035.

Type 2 diabetes, caused by a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors, accounts for by far the most cases.

But up to 70 per cent of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles – equal to as much as 150 million new cases by 2035.

The IDF says that every seven seconds, someone in the world dies from diabetes.

The global health expenditure in tackling the disease reached US$612 billion (Dh2.24 trillion) this year, which is a rise of 63 per cent since 2010.

jbell@thenational.ae

* with additional reporting by Anam Rizvi

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Artist: Khaled
Label: Believe
Rating: 4/5

LIVING IN...

This article is part of a guide on where to live in the UAE. Our reporters will profile some of the country’s most desirable districts, provide an estimate of rental prices and introduce you to some of the residents who call each area home.

Haircare resolutions 2021

From Beirut and Amman to London and now Dubai, hairstylist George Massoud has seen the same mistakes made by customers all over the world. In the chair or at-home hair care, here are the resolutions he wishes his customers would make for the year ahead.

1. 'I will seek consultation from professionals'

You may know what you want, but are you sure it’s going to suit you? Haircare professionals can tell you what will work best with your skin tone, hair texture and lifestyle.

2. 'I will tell my hairdresser when I’m not happy'

Massoud says it’s better to offer constructive criticism to work on in the future. Your hairdresser will learn, and you may discover how to communicate exactly what you want more effectively the next time.

3. ‘I will treat my hair better out of the chair’

Damage control is a big part of most hairstylists’ work right now, but it can be avoided. Steer clear of over-colouring at home, try and pursue one hair brand at a time and never, ever use a straightener on still drying hair, pleads Massoud.

TWISTERS

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Rating: 2.5/5

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Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 and electric motor
Max power: 700hp at 7,500rpm
Max torque: 720Nm at 2,250rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
0-100km/h: 3.0sec
Top speed: 330kph
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Zodi & Tehu: Princes Of The Desert

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Starring: Youssef Hajdi, Nadia Benzakour, Yasser Drief

Rating: 4/5

RESULTS

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5.30pm: Wathba Stallions Cup Handicap (PA) Dh 70,000, 2,200m​​​​​​​
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7pm: Handicap (PA) Dh85,000, 1,600m​​​​​​​
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7.30pm: Maiden (PA) Dh80,000, 1,600m​​​​​​​
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The specs

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Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 582bhp

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.

 

2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.

 

3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 

 

4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.

 

5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

EMIRATES'S REVISED A350 DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

'The Lost Daughter'

Director: Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Politics in the West
The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE.

Part three: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE

Voy! Voy! Voy!

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Stars: Muhammad Farrag, Bayoumi Fouad, Nelly Karim
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The Africa Institute 101

Housed on the same site as the original Africa Hall, which first hosted an Arab-African Symposium in 1976, the newly renovated building will be home to a think tank and postgraduate studies hub (it will offer master’s and PhD programmes). The centre will focus on both the historical and contemporary links between Africa and the Gulf, and will serve as a meeting place for conferences, symposia, lectures, film screenings, plays, musical performances and more. In fact, today it is hosting a symposium – 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction that will look at the six decades of Frank Bowling’s career, as well as those of his contemporaries that invested social, cultural and personal meaning into abstraction. 

'Worse than a prison sentence'

Marie Byrne, a counsellor who volunteers at the UAE government's mental health crisis helpline, said the ordeal the crew had been through would take time to overcome.

“It was worse than a prison sentence, where at least someone can deal with a set amount of time incarcerated," she said.

“They were living in perpetual mystery as to how their futures would pan out, and what that would be.

“Because of coronavirus, the world is very different now to the one they left, that will also have an impact.

“It will not fully register until they are on dry land. Some have not seen their young children grow up while others will have to rebuild relationships.

“It will be a challenge mentally, and to find other work to support their families as they have been out of circulation for so long. Hopefully they will get the care they need when they get home.”

ESSENTIALS

The flights 
Fly Etihad or Emirates from the UAE to Moscow from 2,763 return per person return including taxes. 
Where to stay 
Trips on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian cost from US$16,995 (Dh62,414) per person, based on two sharing.