More than three million Saudis suffer from diabetes

Type two diabetes represents 90% of all diabetes cases in the Saudi kingdom

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The number of Saudis who suffer from diabetes has reached 3.8 million in 2015, chief of the scientific department at the genetic and chronic diseases control general department, Murad al-Murad, revealed.

Type two diabetes represents 90% of all diabetes cases in the Saudi kingdom. The prevalence of diabetes type two has reached 32.8% and is expected to increase up to 45.36% in 2030.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, the number of those who died due to diabetes is 23,420 while the cost for treating one diabetic patient is $1,145 a year.

During a press conference held on Monday for World Diabetes Day, Doctor Ali al-Zahrani, an endocrinologist consultant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, said cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the Saudi kingdom. They cause 52% of deaths among patients with type two diabetes. This is according to an international study held by the World Health Organization about the effects of cardiovascular diseases in diabetics.

The increase of type two diabetes among Saudis is due to their unhealthy lifestyle which includes low physical activity and increased tobacco consumption. Those who suffer from diabetes are also at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.

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