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‘Beat Diabetes Walk’ in Dubai attracts thousands
November 25, 2017
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DUBAI: The ninth annual edition of the “Beat Diabetes Walk,” Landmark Group’s flagship initiative to promote diabetes awareness among UAE residents, saw over 15,000 participants from all walks of life come together to get active and commit to a healthy lifestyle.

With the prevalence of diabetes in over 14.7 per cent of expatriates and over 19 per cent in Emiratis in Dubai alone according to the Dubai Diabetes Survey, the “Beat Diabetes Walk” has become a significant highlight in the health and wellness calendar of the country.

The 3-km walk was held at Dubai Creek Park with the support of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Emirates Diabetes Society (EDS), Dubai Sports Council, Hamdan bin Mohammed Community Sports Initiative, Al Jalila Foundation, Dubai Municipality, Children’s City, Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Police.

Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of the Landmark Group, said: “Over the last 9 years Beat Diabetes has received overwhelming support from our community. Starting from our partners to our youngest walker, the enthusiasm and commitment to better health is very rewarding to see. As an organsiation we are committed to encouraging this healthy lifestyle change in the community and the ‘Beat Diabetes Walk’ is an effort toward achieving that goal.”

According to the International Diabetes Federations statistics revealed that around 415 million people in the world suffer from diabetes.

Speaking on the prevalence of diabetes Dr Abdulrazzaq Ali Al Madani, President of the Emirates Diabetes Society and the Chairman of the Gulf Group for Study of Diabetes, said: “While Type II diabetes, which is widespread, has a genetic predisposition, we cannot control this factor.

WAM

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