Diabetes awareness campaign launched to prevent targeting thousands of students and community members in Abu Dhabi

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HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center Goes BLUE in November

HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocinology Center lit in BLUE
HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocinology Center lit in BLUE

Abu Dhabi – UAE: A diabetes and endocrinology consultant in Abu Dhabi warned of the growing rate at which type 2 diabetes is spreading amongst children under 18 years old as a result of overweight and obesity caused by lack of exercise and reliance on fast food and high-calorie, fatty foods. He also emphasized on the necessity of encouraging students and children to adopt healthy habits and get used to exercising more often.

Dr. Thomas Kunt, Medical Director and Consultant, Endocrinology, Diabetology & Internal Medicine at the HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, in Abu Dhabi said, “Diabetes awareness campaigns should focus not only on adults but also on students at schools starting from young ages.  Our educational initiatives in line with the Health Authority Abu Dhabi’s public health strategy are going on throughout the year where our physicians and educators play an interactive role with the community encouraging healthy lifestyles and preventing the spread of chronic diseases.”

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, Dr. Kunt added, “Moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days a week and following a healthy diet will significantly decrease the risk for diabetes by 60% and thus, all individuals from all age groups are advised to adapt healthy eating habits and to exercise on daily basis such as walking, especially as the weather is getting cooler.”

He also commended the efforts of the authorities, especially Abu Dhabi’s Municipality, in providing paved paths for walking and biking at parks and public areas throughout Abu Dhabi as well as adding more sports facilities throughout the city.

Joining numerous world-wide landmark buildings, HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center located in Al Bateen Street was lit in Blue on 1 November 2016 and will be lit for thirty days to mark the Diabetes Awareness Campaign 2016 under the theme “Eyes on Diabetes” and raise awareness amongst the community.

Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer at United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) & CEO of HealthPlus Network of Specialty Centers, explained that UEMedical Group through HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center and Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children in Abu Dhabi, has developed a comprehensive awareness program which is soon be implemented, and would attract thousands of students and community members in order to encourage healthy lifestyles and prevent diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Referring to the comprehensive care that patients with diabetes need, Mr. Abu Zant added, “Our group implements a comprehensive approach in diabetes management under the HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Danat Al Emarat Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi including specialties as Diabetes, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Podiatry, Ophthalmology, Diabetes Education, and more. Pregnant women suffering from gestational diabetes are also managed in conjunction between our obstetricians, diabetologists and fetal medicine specialists, while children with diabetes are managed by our pediatricians and diabetologists.”

“As part of our campaign, we are holding health talks about diabetes prevention in English at the center on November 16th and in Arabic on November 23rd. In addition to that, several lectures are organized and will be delivered by HealthPlus physicians at Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, the Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones, several government authorities and at some nurseries and GEMS World Academy. A talk targeted to students will be held at GEMS Academy Schools too,” Mr. Abu Zant said.

“During the campaign, basic health screenings will be offered to participants that includes blood sugar test, blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI), while also offering an invitation for a free consultation with one of our physicians and podiatrists at the center,” he concluded.

About HealthPlus:

HealthPlus is part of United Eastern Medical Services L.L.C (UEMedical), a leading privately owned Healthcare Development & Investment Company in Abu Dhabi. HealthPlus is a network of specialized outpatient centers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that offer premium healthcare services combined with the latest innovative technologies in the sector. Staffed by highly-qualified, skilled international doctors and nurses, the HealthPlus specialty centers provide highly sub-specialty healthcare in a range of fields focused on the diagnosis, treatment and management of issues prevalent in the region. Strategically located around the emirate of Abu Dhabi, Healthplus Network of Specialty Centers delivers boutique high end medical services to the Abu Dhabi Community. The HealthPlus network comprises of four highly specialized centers and a premium family health clinic:

  • The HealthPlus Women’s Center offering a comprehensive range of services dedicated to women’s health and well-being.
  • The HealthPlus Fertility Center, one of the first fertility centers in the UAE, featuring ground-breaking technology and offering a holistic approach to fertility from counselling to diagnosis and treatment.
  • The HealthPlus Diabetes & Endocrinology Center established in partnership with renowned German diabetes center, Diabetes Zentrum Mergentheim (DZM), offering a complete range of services for diabetics and their families
  • The HealthPlus Children’s Specialty Center, the Capital’s first outpatient facility delivering integrated, multi-specialty pediatric care in a nurturing and child-centric environment.
  • The HealthPlus Family Center providing healthcare and dental solutions for the entire family.

About United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical):

United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) is the leading privately owned Healthcare Development & Investment Company in Abu Dhabi. Since its inception in 2005, UEMS has continuously raised the standards of medical services in the Emirate with its world-class specialty hospitals and outpatient facilities. By partnering with a number of internationally renowned healthcare providers, UEMedical excels in delivering patient-centric healthcare solutions. Our integrated healthcare network includes our flagship Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children, 6 specialist HealthPlus clinics and the Moorefield’s Abu Dhabi Eye Hospital. Our vision is coming together to leverage the combined talent and resources of a world class hospital, and a network of specialty clinics to create an integrated healthcare delivery system across Abu Dhabi and the UAE.