13% of Diabetics in Saudi Undiagnosed


Fraser Clarke

Saudi Arabia has been named as the world’s largest market for diabetes, with a quarter of the population now battling the condition according to a new WHO survey.

The World Health Organisation report shows that Diabetes is now becoming a modern day epidemic in the Desert Kingdom, with unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise leading to rates soaring.

Even more concerningly it’s estimated 13% of people with type-2 Diabetes remain undiagnosed, putting them at a far greater risk of developing heart disease, kidney issues and a problems with their vision.

New techniques that go beyond simply lowering glucose levels are now being looked at, with a focus also placed on lowering blood pressure and stabilising weight loss.

Speaking about the opening of a three day educational program focused on the issue, Chairman of the Saudi Scientific Diabetes Society, Professor Abdulrahman Al Sheikh, said: “Early combination therapy with Dapagliflozin and Metformin is an appropriate treatment option that enables those with T2 Diabetes to achieve individualized glycaemic goals, either as initial combination therapy in treatment-naive patients or as Dapagliflozin add-on in patients inadequately controlled with Metformin therapy.”

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