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The Diabetes Epidemic, and Why It Is Killing The Middle East

Sophie Smith
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Just this morning, the BBC reported a “disturbing” rise in the number of children and teenagers being treated for Type 2 Diabetes in the UK. Of those treated, three quarters were obese, with the youngest aged between five and nine. The early onset of Type 2 Diabetes is a trend that can be seen all over the world, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East

How Bad Is The Problem?

According to the World Health Organisation and IMF, diabetes currently affects 37 million people in the region, or 1 in 10 adults. It is the fifth largest killer in MENA after cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia and road traffic accidents. Of these, at least two - cardiovascular disease and stroke - are secondary consequences of diabetes. Although Egypt, as the most populous state in the region, has the largest number of people with diabetes - 7.6 million in total - the epidemic is proportionately higher in the Gulf, affecting 24% of the population in Saudi Ara.....

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