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Expo 2020 Dubai: Conference on the prevention and treatment of the diabetes epidemic in the Middle East

In the United Arab Emirates, 43% of over-60s have diabetes, 18% of indigenous people have prediabetes and only 5% of people do any sport.

14 Apr 2022

Prevention and information campaigns

We need to work hand in hand with the population to educate and inform them about diabetes, which affects 6.3 million adults in the Gulf countries.

(Anthony Mallet, Managing Director, Servier Saudi Arabia and Gulf States)

Prevention programs emphasize nutrition, physical exercise and quitting smoking, and recommend early screening at age 30 and systematic screening for people who are overweight or diagnosed as having prediabetes. In the event of a change in lifestyle and weight loss of at least 5%, prediabetes is reversible.

(Dr. Fatheya Al Awadi, President, Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Society)

Digitization and artificial intelligence to help diabetics

Children and teachers have a key role to play. 3,000 teachers were trained over 6 years to combat childhood obesity. Digitization is underway with applications to connect patients with caregivers or help patients manage the insulin they take.

(Niven Al Khoury, Managing Director, Sanofi Saudi Arabia and Gulf States)

60 million people use a system to inject insulin, Biocorp is developing Mallya a smart insulin pen injector, which communicates the quantity, time and date of the injection to a mobile application. The aim of this medical device is to improve monitoring, and reduce stress for the patient.

(Eric Dessertenne, Managing Director, BIOCORP)

Exact Cure uses artificial intelligence to customize the treatment of each patient depending on possible interactions of molecules (target 10,000 molecules) and the patient profile. The app allows healthcare professionals to control the concentration of drugs in the patient’s body.

(Frédéric Dayan, Managing Director, Exact Cure)

There are 415 million people worldwide with diabetes, and this figure will increase to 642 million in 2040. One in three diabetics will go on to develop diabetic retinopathy. Regular screening is necessary but half of diabetics do not undergo the annual examination due to the lack of ophthalmologists. Alicia is a medical device equipped with AI, which allows doctors to reach a diagnosis.

(Arnaud Lambert, Managing Director, AI Screenings)

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