Prevention

Why Should I be ِِِAware of Diabetes?

 
Obesity in Kuwait has reached alarming levels (estimated now to be about 36% of adult males and 48% of adult females are obese while 70-85% of males and 75-88% of females are overweight or obese and childhood obesity is rising). The sedentary lifestyle in Kuwait, lack of physical activity partly due to the bad weather conditions, the wealthy modern life in the country, nature of jobs that don't involve physical work with advent of technology, and the culture in Kuwait that involves food in all social events are all possible contributing factors. This gives rise to many other health problems; mainly include Diabetes, hypertension, stroke, etc. The concurrence of obesity and Diabetes augments the risk of cardiovascular events and death. According to the recent statistics, Diabetes has reached 25% (1 in four people) of the total population in Kuwait. Yet up to 60% of Diabetes cases could be prevented, or at least delayed, by changing to a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes itself can lead to more serious health complications that involve cardiovascular diseases as the main cause of death and hospitalization, blindness, kidney disorders, nerve complications, and amputations.
 
The growth of Diabetes does not only burden health sector, it also affects economy. Diabetes has direct and indirect impact on economy. The direct economic costs include medical treatment expenditures, acute and chronic Diabetes-related complications, in-patient hospitalization, and other excess general medical costs. The indirect costs are those resulting from disease-related disabilities that cause unemployment, decreased productivity, and early death. Even for a wealthy country like Kuwait, the economic costs of Diabetes are undesired. This has motivated the government to seek other methods to prevent and/or reduce the disease and disease-related conditions and complications.