Up to a quarter of the Arabian Gulf population risks developing diabetes by 2030, according to a senior Bahraini official.
The warning was delivered by Supreme Council for Health chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa yesterday during the annual United Against Diabetes annual scientific forum.
Shaikh Mohammed, who patronised the event, said 14.7 per cent of adults in Bahrain already suffered from the condition.
“The forecasts indicate that diabetes will affect up to a quarter of the Arabian Gulf countries by 2030,” he said.
However, he highlighted Bahrain’s national plan to combat chronic diseases including diabetes, which in turn are intended to reduce healthcare spending.
He added Bahrain was seeking to provide advanced care to patients living with the disease, while running preventive programmes and community awareness campaigns endorsing healthy lifestyles, physical activity and healthy eating habits.
The event, which featured experts from Bahrain and abroad, included lectures and a workshop.
Source: Gulf Daily News