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JEDDAH/RIYAD: Saudi schools, hospitals and universities are marking World Diabetes Day on November 14 with education campaigns about the health risks of the disease and its deadly potential.

About 73 million people in the Middle East and North Africa have been diagnosed with diabetes. This number is expected to rise to 135.7 million by 2045.

In Saudi Arabia, 4,274,100 adults – nearly one in five – have some form of the disease, according to the International Diabetes Federation’s MENA region.

Saudi Arabia is one of the 21 member countries of the regional organization of the federation. Member associations include the Saudi Charitable Association of Diabetes, the Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association and the Saudi Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr Selwa Al-Hazza’a, a senior consultant ophthalmologist and professor, told Arab News that diabetes awareness is crucial.

“Unfortunately people don’t know that diabetes causes diabetic eye disease and this complication is usually at the top of mind because it could cause blindness,” he said, adding that other complications included heart disease. , strokes, kidney failure, loss of sensation and gangrene.

The Society of Friends of Diabetes Patients in Jeddah has launched education and awareness programs to alert community members to the dangers of diabetes complications.

With 126 outreach activities, the company claims to help more than 12,562 beneficiaries in Jeddah.

Asma’a Al-Harthy, the society’s clinical dietitian and diabetes educator, told Arab News that it operates as a mobile diabetes clinic that runs awareness campaigns throughout the year, and the campaigns are increasing. usually in November.

“Obesity, lack of movement and poor eating habits all lead to type 2 diabetes. We offer medication (and) counseling. Our goal is to educate about this silent killer.

The first education and awareness campaign in Jeddah for World Diabetes Day was held on November 3, under the slogan “Check your sugar”. Health experts provided blood sugar testing, therapeutic nutrition advice, and type 1 and type 2 diabetes education.

The Society of Friends of Diabetic Patients and King Abdulaziz University Hospital will organize another awareness campaign in Jeddah on the same day, offering health check-ups, blood sugar analysis, free medical consultations and free insulin pumps.

The company also offers awareness campaigns in shopping malls, businesses, universities, hospitals and schools.

During this month, the Society provided training to more than 200 school health counselors in Jeddah to shed light on the rights of students with diabetes and to ensure that appropriate health care is provided in due to the increase in the number of diabetic children in the Kingdom.

“The main objective of the workshops was to guide the health advisor on how to treat high blood sugar in children to control the condition or prevent it from happening in the first place. This way we will have a generation aware and we will be able to save the lives of many people,” she added.

Sahar Amer, general supervisor of Children’s World International schools in Jeddah, told Arab News: “We pay attention to the nutrition and health awareness of all students, starting with mental and general health and a good nutrition in order to avoid many diseases, including diabetes”.

Offering daily exercise classes is one of the school’s initiatives to reduce the risk of diabetes in children, as movement helps burn calories and lower blood sugar levels.

“We offer an integrated program on World Diabetes Day, World Breast Cancer Day, World Tobacco and Mental Health Day, where we speak to students in Arabic and English to give them a full conscience to maintain their health, and we invite parents to participate.”

Non-diabetic students are also alerted to their diabetic friends in the same class and how to handle them in an emergency. A nurse is available at the school to monitor blood sugar and supervise the meals taken in order to avoid any complications.

Amer said, “We ensure that the diabetic child feels normal among their classmates, and we do not prevent students from eating sweets completely, rather we specify the appropriate amount suitable for their condition and educate them. on how to choose a healthier alternative. ”

Under the theme “Education to Protect Tomorrow”, SACD took the initiative of World Diabetes Day with the General Education Administration and set up its awareness and education program on diabetes in schools in the regions of Riyadh and Al-Madinah.

In Riyadh, schools in Riyadh participated in SCAD’s awareness campaign programs on November 7 to further support the diabetic community.

In an all-inclusive diabetes awareness campaign, SCAD also partnered with Sa3ee for the rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities in Riyadh on November 6.

A health education event was held on the same day at Taibah University in Al-Madinah in cooperation with Saudi German Hospital and Dr. Wafaa Tulbah Clinics.

Secondary school students from Al-Aws National Private School in Madinah took part in a walk on the Islamic University’s catwalk organized for World Diabetes Day on November 9, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sports and SCAD.

On the same day, SCAD organized a diabetes awareness program at Al-Qalaa Al-Hijazya International Primary School in Medina, which included a lecture, teaching tips and content.

At Abdullah bin Abbas Middle School, SCAD gave educational lectures and distributed blood sugar monitoring devices to students.

On November 8 in Al-Madinah, SCAD answered questions and presented the children of the 69th kindergarten with gifts related to World Diabetes Day.

Created in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization, World Diabetes Day became an official day in 2006 when the UN adopted resolution 61/225 to fight the disease.

World Diabetes Day campaigns reach more than one billion people in approximately 160 countries.

November 14 is the birthday of the co-discoverer of insulin in 1922, Sir Frederick Banting.

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