23% of Kingdom population diabetic

In this file photo, a man shows to an audience tips on detecting diabetes.

In this file photo, a man shows to an audience tips on detecting diabetes.


A whopping 3.5 million people in the Kingdom suffer from diabetes, which is 23.5 percent of the population, one of highest ratios in the world, according to a report in an online newspaper.

Saleh Al-Jasse, a consultant in endocrine diseases and diabetes and vice president of the Saudi Society for Endocrinology and Metabolism, said that there are 400 million adults (above 20) suffering from diabetes in the world.

He was speaking to the newspaper on the sidelines of preparatory meetings for the third international conference on endocrinology and diabetes to be held in Riyadh on Nov. 17.

The conference, which will conclude on Nov. 19, will include 16 international speakers and 1,500 health practitioners who would present papers. Three workshops would be held on various health issues.


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