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
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!