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Diabetes awareness programmes announced to help residents better understand the disease

Diabetes awareness programmes announced to help residents better understand the disease

A survey conducted by Qatari authorities in 2011 found that despite having good awareness about the severity and threat of diabetes in general terms, most people in Qatar lacked proper understanding of diabetes-related complications. The International Diabetes Federation, in a report, states that Qatar has the highest rate of diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Celebrating World Diabetes Day, a few events have been planned around the city to promote awareness and education about the illness.

To raise awareness, every patient diagnosed at Hamad General Hospital’s new Diabetes Center has a diabetes patient educator. These educators are specialist nurses and certified diabetes professionals who counsel diabetic patients on how to live well with the disease.

Attend an event and check up on your sugar score.

  • The Qatar Diabetes Association organises an awareness walkathon every year. Blood sugar tests and nutrition counseling will be held during the event.

Date: 15 November 2013.
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gathering Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Aspire Park, by the lakes area (Click the link to download the map of the place)
Walk length: Approximately 1 km (Around the lake)
Participants will be provided with t-shirts, caps, healthy snacks and water for free at the event.

  • An evening with diabetes educators by Action on Diabetes. The event is open to the public and will include many activities that encourage people to follow a healthy lifestyle that include healthy diet and physical exercise.

Date: 14, 15 and 16 November 2013
Time: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Katara Cultural Village

  • Meet Al Khor Hospital’s diabetes care team for diabetes counseling, education and screening as well as to receive general information about both preventing diabetes and living well with the disease.

Date: 18 November 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Al Khor Mall

[Photo courtesy: World Diabetes Day Facebook Page]

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