Reversing diabetes type II

The events of the last few weeks have shown that our region is not immune to the financial troubles of the rest of the world. However, healthcare in the Gulf is one bright standout,
with governments vowing to spend on average over 20% more per capita in 2009 than this year and the private sector likely to top even that huge growth. This bodes well for exhibitors at the upcoming major health shows - but of course, local Health Ministries have good reason to be concerned and to increase their budgets.

For example, lifestyle diseases - such as obesity-caused illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, stroke and cardiovascular disease – are placing an increasingly heavy burden on the region in terms of healthcare costs and
work days lost. Lifestyle diseases are preventable and lifestyle intervention is the most effective key – educating people about healthy diet and encouraging them to take part in sport and exercise. Although this solution in now well recognised among doctors in the region, getting people to change their lifestyle is much easier said than done.

So what are the alternatives? For people with diabetes type II, and this region has some of the highest prevalence rates in the world, we look at a groundbreaking intervention – gastric bypass surgery resulting in the complete reversal of the syndrome within just days following the procedure. We also publish a study looking at the difficulty of managing diabetes
in the war zone of Basra, southern Iraq, along with related research news emanating from academic campuses around the world.

Technological development is advancing exponentially. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in the development of tools for medicine. In “Small Gadgets, Big Impact” we look at a number of new, innovative devices that are set to make their mark on medical practice.

We bring you coverage of the Hamdan Awards and the Nobel Prize, as well as news of the first Arab Human genome to be sequenced by researchers in Saudi Arabia. And as usual you will find many other interesting features, medical news and product stories. Is there anything else you’d like to see in upcoming issues? You tell us – and good health!

Brian Wilkie

(Nov-Dec 2008)



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