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King Abdulaziz Medical City In Jeddah Activates Health Awareness and Education Programs Through the Educational Awareness Campaign for Diabetes Patients.


King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah represented by the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes “Adults - Children" launches an educational awareness campaign for diabetes patients, which aims to raise awareness about the impact of diabetes in the community and encourage early diagnosis of diabetes, as well as awareness of ways to prevent or delay diabetes Through a healthy diet and physical activity, the campaign will continue for five days, starting from Sunday (December 19, 2021). In the treatment of this disease and the prevention of its complications, especially since many medical and field studies confirm that spreading health awareness contributes significantly and effectively to reducing complications and limiting the spread of the disease.

Dr. Hawazen Zarif, Consultant and Head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes - Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Events - indicated that diabetes mellitus is defined as a chronic metabolic disease; Where levels of glucose in the blood (blood sugar) rise above the normal range, which over time - if not controlled - leads to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. The World Diabetes Day was established in 1991 by the International Federation Diabetes, World Health Organization; in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official day in 2006 and is celebrated every year on November 14; In memory of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin with Charles Best in 1921.

Dr. Zarif also clarified that the awareness campaign will be attended by many medical departments, including: Laboratory Department, Nursing Department, Clinical Nutrition Department, Health Education Department, Pharmacy Department, Mental Health Department, Rehabilitation Department, and Social Service Department, in addition to the participation of students and faculty members of the College of Medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences - Jeddah Branch.

The campaign will be accompanied by a medical exhibition that includes stations to measure blood sugar, determine the risk of infection, and training and awareness sessions on ways to prevent diabetes or delay its appearance through a healthy diet, physical activity, and strengthening the role of the family and support them in treating diabetes in children through the availability of many mental health doctors and social service specialists to answer inquiries and questions. As well as raising awareness and educating children about diabetes through a dedicated corner that contains various activities to attract them, such as the coloring corner and the games corner. King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah is one of the most prominent hospitals that provide the service of treating type 1 diabetes using an insulin pump. The exhibition will provide corners that include education about the insulin pump, how to use it, and the latest developments in this technology. The exhibition also includes the latest medications for diabetes treatment and devices that help monitor glucose levels, as well as awareness and education about diabetic foot examination and how to choose the right shoe.

Dr. Sohaib Radi, a consultant in endocrinology and diabetes - head of the scientific committee - indicated that the events will include many scientific lectures that have been carefully selected and presented by doctors of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, and awareness, education and therapeutic nutrition specialists, such as:

  • 100 years of insulin (Dr. Salwa Al-Aidarous)

  • Developments in the technology of glucose measurement (Dr. Hawazen Zarif)

  • Type 1 diabetes in the transitional stage (Dr. Heba Ghandoura)

  • Diabetes and Mental Health (Dr. Ahmed Al-Saleh)

  • Sports and Diabetes (Dr. Reem Al-Amoudi)

  • Diabetic emergencies (Dr. Raad Alwathani)

  • How do I cope with diabetes (Dr. Reham Kassas)

  • Diabetes in Children (Dr. Alaa Al-Rhaily)

  • Early screening and reducing the possibility of diabetes (Dr. Abdul Rahman Goharji)

  • Types of Insulin (Dr. Nora Al-Zahrani)

  • Cortisone and diabetes (Dr. Reem Al-Subaie)

  • Basics and Methods of Insulin Injection 1 (Mr. Elham Abdo)

  • Basics and Methods of Insulin Injection 2 (Prof. Rabaa Al-Dari)

  • Diabetes and pregnancy (Prof. Sarah Zeilai)

  • How do I achieve a healthy lifestyle 1 (Prof. Ibrahim Jan - Prof. Rawan Al-Shamiri)

  • How do I achieve a healthy lifestyle 2 (Prof. Abdel Aziz Bukhari - Prof. Lujain Al Saidi)

  • What is the calculation of carbohydrates? 1 (Prof. Raghad Malibari))

  • What is the calculation of carbohydrates? 2 (A. Amal Theban)

  • My experience with diabetes (personal experience of some patients)

Dr. Tariq Nasser, Head of Internal Medicine Departments at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Jeddah, said that the latest statistics of the International Diabetes Federation for the year 2021 indicate that approximately 537 million people around the world suffer from diabetes, which is equivalent to one patient for every 10 people, and the number of people is expected to increase. The number of people living with diabetes to 643 million by 2030, and to 783 million people by 2045. In addition, 1 in 2 adults with diabetes (240 million people) goes undiagnosed. It is estimated that more than 6.7 million people aged 20-79 will die of diabetes-related causes in 2021.

Recent statistics indicate that the levels of diabetes in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia amount to 18.7 percent of the total population aged between (20 to 79 years) and that the number of people with diabetes in Saudi Arabia reached 4.3 million in 2021. Out of every six people, a person develops diabetes, and the number of people under 20 who have type 1 diabetes is 28,926. Studies by the World Health Organization indicate that diabetes is a major cause of premature death, blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputations. In addition, by 2030, diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death in the world, and type 2 diabetes cases represent 90% of diabetes cases registered around the world, which can be prevented by changing lifestyle, increasing physical activity, movement, sports, eating healthy balanced food and maintaining weight. The ideal, and our role comes in organizing awareness campaigns, educational courses, scientific seminars, and using the media to raise awareness of diabetes, educate the community and guide patients with and at risk of developing diabetes about the possibility of preventing it, preventing its repercussions and making the patient live a normal life at lower costs.

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12/30/2021 8:42 AM