New Study Reveals 30% Of Dubai Residents Are Pre-Diabetic Or Diabetic

A survey from 2019 by Dubai Health Authority reveals nearly one in every three residents in Dubai are either diabetic or pre-diabetic.

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In collaboration with Dubai Statistics Centre, the Dubai Health Authority issued a household health survey with worrying responses revealing 13.7% of respondents are diabetic and 16.2% showing noticeable symptoms of pre-diabetes.

It’s worth mentioning the survey was only carried out in Dubai. The survey results need not apply on Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and the northern emirates.

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Survey results also show only five per cent of respondents play sports and or perform activities like running or playing football for ten consecutive minutes, followed by 17% participants performing a moderate level of physical activity, including ten minutes of continuous work such as household chores. Nearly 65% of them repeat the activity four to six times a week and 18% who do up to three times a week.

If you’re looking for motivation to get exercising, we recommend taking part in the Dubai Fitness Challenge next October or download the Steppi app to earn rewards with every workout.

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Photograph credit: Dubai Fitness Challenge

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