9.2 per cent of the total number of citizens in the Kingdom suffer from diabetes, it was revealed. The number of diabetic citizens in Bahrain has reached 63,805, the Ministry of Health has said. The ministry revealed that Bahrain has the least percentage of diabetes when compared to other Gulf countries. In Kuwait, it is 19pc, 18pc in Qatar, 17pc in Saudi Arabia, 15pc in the UAE, and Oman 13.5pc.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. In 2016, an estimated 1.6m deaths were directly caused by diabetes. Another 2.2m deaths were attributable to high blood glucose in 2012.
The WHO stated “More activity is required for weight control; eat a healthy diet, avoid sugar and saturated fats intake; and avoid tobacco use – smoking increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases”