UAE has been suffering from chronic diseases since last few years. Majority of the diseases are lifestyle related diseases. Despite of campaigns and awareness programs, the situation has not improved much. According to the new data released, the impact of lifestyle related diseases has now reflected upon the Economy of the country as well. The International Diabetes Federation has warned that chronic lifestyle-induced diseases are putting an unnecessary burden on the UAE economy.
Last November, it was reported that the number of diabetics in the UAE was expected to triple by 2035, which would place an unnecessary burden on the healthcare system in the country.The populations of the Middle East and North Africa are among the world’s worst affected by diabetes, with estimates predicting that as many as 68 million people in the region will be living with the disease by 2035. Diabetes led to 363,000 deaths in the region last year, half of whom were under the age of 60.When left untreated, undiagnosed diabetes puts individuals at considerable risk of life-threatening complications such as kidney and heart disease. These are all the stats for Lifestyle related disease.
Last year, delivering diabetes care cost the UAE healthcare system US$16.8 billion (Dh61.7bn), which the IDF predicts will increase to $24.7bn billion in 2035. The UAE spends more on diabetes than any other GCC nation.
Early diagnoses of diabetes to avoid complications, and awareness of the risks associated with obesity, were critical in tackling the diabetes epidemic in the UAE, he said.
The standard and the system followed in UAE is much better than the other systems. However, the lifestyle related disease especially diabetes is on the surge because of multiple associated symptoms. Doctor say that every associated system leads to entirely different treatment for the patient.