A national Health Survey has revealed the heartening fact that the cases of Diabetes in the UAE have undergone a sharp drop from 19.3 per cent in 2013 to 11.8 per cent. This trend has been observed thanks to the efforts of the UAE government in promoting and sustaining measures that seek to curb the prevalence of Diabetes.
A few years back, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had placed the country at the 16th position in context of diabetes prevalence. The raking was primarily based on the fact that 19.3 per cent of the population was in the grip of type 2 Diabetes. However, the rate dropped drastically in 2017 to 17.3 per cent, according to the findings of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), which established that over a million people in the UAE were afflicted with Diabetes.
The UAE has come up with a strategic framework that is designed to combat the prevalence of Diabetes. These measures include higher taxes levied on tobacco products and soft drinks, creation of a national plan, and also an approach to counter instances of obesity in children. Additional measures include a ban on the sale of unhealthy food products to children and directives to reduce the amount of added sugar in soft drinks.