Diabetes: Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment - A symposium held by MUBS to raise awareness for Diabetes

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 Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. To raise awareness for this disease, the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS)  organized in collaboration with the Sahel Hospital and the National Diabetes Association, a health day for diabetes awareness entitled “Diabetes: Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment”, on Tuesday November 28th at the University’s Spears campus Auditorium. The event was part of a series of activities of the University Wellness Network (UWN) founded by MUBS.

The seminar was opened by Ms. Laura Hjeij, Acting Chair of Public Health at MUBS, who welcomed the representatives of the Sahel Hospital including hospital directors, health sector experts, school principals, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. She also welcomed members of the administrative staff and faculty at MUBS headed by the President of the University, Dr. Ali Cheaib.

Dr. Mamdouh Mansour, a specialist in glaucoma and diabetes, gave a lecture entitled "Diabetes: from Diagnosis and Complications to Treatment" highlighting the complications of the disease. "The chronic rise in blood sugar leads to damage in the blood vessels and other complications such as cardiovascular disease, retinal dysfunction, kidney dysfunction, dysfunction of the nerves and decrease in blood sugar level,” said Dr Mansour. He went on to inform the audience that the first type of diabetes is "treated with insulin with continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels, and treatment of the first type is continuous yet it does not significantly affect the daily activities of the patient. The second type of the disease is treated firstly by increase in physical activity, better nutrition and weight reduction.

Nutritionist Ms. Malake Ghzayel discussed nutrition myths concerning diabetes, explaining that besides the elderly, children and adolescents are not immune to the disease. "A study in the United States indicates that number of affected children under 19 years of age with type 2 diabetes have increased 30 percent between 2001 and 2009." Ms. Ghzayel also pointed out the importance of food selection to control the disease, stressing the need to determine serving portions. "Despite the negative impact of excessive sugar intake on the body in general, many other factors, notably heredity, obesity and reduced activity are factors for the disease," she said. "Most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, but that does not eliminate the possibility of disease in average weighted people.”

Dr. Amanda Ignatius, an optometric, also spoke at the event and revealed the risk of diabetes on vision. She stressed on the need to get an eye checkup once a year.  "Diabetes causes problems in the retina, and is cause for cataract and glaucoma," she said.

The lectures, held to promote the importance of access for all women at risk for, or living with diabetes, to self-management education and information, was well received by audience members. The symposium came to a close with the distribution of  free medical consultations and tests (on diabetes, sugar storage, examination, blood pressure, weight, fat and muscle testing) for the attendees as well as complimentary diabetes related products in addition to free sugar testing machines.



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