Confronting Diabetes in the Middle East

The oil boom enjoyed by the Middle East brought a more luxurious lifestyle to many, but it also had an unwelcome side effect: a skyrocketing rate of diabetes. In Kuwait, the percentage of the population diagnosed with diabetes rose from 7 percent in 2000 to almost 18 percent by 2013. In Saudi Arabia, the number is 23.9 percent. Diabetes is, of course, a global problem. Over 415 million people worldwide were diagnosed in 2015 and the number is expected to grow to 642 million by 2040, according to the International...

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