To mark the World Diabetes Day celebrated every year on November 14, the Directorate General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi organized a health awareness drive.

Colonel Salim Ali Al Qattam Al Zaabi, Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi emphasized the commitment of the directorate to spread the diabetes prevention culture and raise awareness of staff members and customers about this escalating health threat and the ways to prevent it.  

The Medical Services Department at Abu Dhabi Police took part in this event by providing blood sugar tests for staff members and customers of the directorate, as well as answering their questions and queries about diabetes and its treatment.

Additionally, the Media and Public Relations Section, in cooperation with the Medical Services Department, distributed awareness-raising brochures and pamphlets to staff members and customers, shedding light on diabetes and the necessary guidelines and recommendations to prevent it.

The Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi hailed the participation of Al Tawam Hospital in the event, through a lecture delivered by Nada Zuhair Al Adeeb, Director of Community Nutrition at Tawam Hospital. The lecture took place at the Emirates Institute for Naturalization, Residency and Ports, under the theme “Food Challenges and Diabetes”. Mrs. Al Adeeb gave an overview of the three types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, which is an auto-immune disease sometimes referred to as ‘insulin-dependent diabetes’; Type 2 diabetes which is the most common form of diabetes and can be treated by changing lifestyle habits such as eating a healthier diet; and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy and usually disappears once the baby is born. This condition may be managed through adopting healthy dietary and exercise habits, although diabetes medication, including insulin, may also be required sometimes. Mrs. Al Adeeb also warned that diabetes can occur at any age.

Moreover, the Director of Community Nutrition at Tawam Hospital warned against indulging in processed foods and junk food, which is high in saturated fat and sugar. She also stressed the importance of eating healthier natural foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, and the need to exercise regularly to prevent such diseases. She also provided tips about choosing healthy foods and answered the participants’ queries related to diabetes.

Towards the end of the lecture, Colonel Yusuf  Khouri, Deputy Director General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi, presented the expert Nada Zuhair with an appreciation certificate in recognition of her participation in the event.

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