Lifestyle changes and unhealthy eating habits have led to diabetes remaining a major health concern while cases see a sharp increase even on a global scale. The UAE has in recent years witnessed an increasing number of diabetes cases coming to the fore. This was evident when the Dubai Diabetes Centre recently expanded its operations to help cope with the burgeoning number of diabetes patients. The Diabetes Centre treated as many as 1,000 new patients last year, leading to the expansion plans.
The center will now also include a new obesity unit that will help people who are struggling with weight management issues. It will also help cut down on the rates of obesity since this is a factor that is invariably linked to diabetes. An estimated one in five people in the UAE is now afflicted with diabetes while another one in five is pre-diabetic. It is expected that by 2040, a whopping 642 million people will be diagnosed as suffering from diabetes.
The Dubai Diabetes Centre is also deliberating on the use of Artificial Intelligence to detect diabetic retinopathy. The prudent use of AI can bring about a drastic shift in the manner in which patients are treated and will certainly help in reducing cost of treatment while making it qualitatively better.