Diabetes in the Middle East: Government Health Care Policies and Strategies that Address the Growing Diabetes Prevalence in the Middle East
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Purpose of review
Diabetes is a primary public health concern and a challenge for health decision makers in this century. Though the number of people with diabetes is increasing all over the globe, the very high prevalence of diabetes in many Middle East countries has made this region one of the global diabetes hot spots. Due to rapid socioeconomic growth, lifestyle changes and increasing obesity prevalence, the number of people with diabetes is expected to double by 2045 in this region. This high prevalence of diabetes imposes a substantial socioeconomic impact on the individual and governments in this region. The governments in the Middle East have devised many policies, programs, and strategies to address the growing prevalence of diabetes. In this article, we aim to review such policies, programs, and the magnitude of diabetes in this part of the world.
Faced with a challenge on a high scale, most governments in the Middle East are making progress in responding to diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic and costly disease; however, it can be prevented. The alarm of the rising tide of diabetes has not yet been successfully translated into action in the Middle East. The governments in the region need to devise more intense, broader policies and preventive measure programs based on local sociocultural practices to effectively combat the situation. Further improvements of the primary health care system and cross-governmental approaches are needed in the region to keep the growing epidemic of diabetes under control.
KeywordsDiabetes Middle East region Policy Diabetes prevention
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Noor Al Busaidi, Prakash Shanmugam, and Deepa Manoharan declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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