Dasman Diabetes Institute Held the Annual Open Day Commemorating World Diabetes Day 2017

Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI), which was established by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, a leading campaigner for diabetes awareness in Kuwait, held an informative event to commemorate World Diabetes Day on Thursday, 16 November, 2017 at its premises.  The event allowed visitors to consult with diabetes specialists and dietitians as well as gather healthy information from booths that explained various facts of diabetes and promoted healthy lifestyle modification.  Around 500 guests attended the event underlining the interest in Kuwait to prevent and manage this dangerous lifestyle disease. Many of the booths at the event were about educating visitors on proper dietary habits, sage physical activities and oral health. At this event, there were informative booths offered by the Institute, some of which provided blood glucose testing, funduscopic and podiatric exams, as well as nutritional, educational and fitness consultations by the Institute’s experts.

The primary goal of the event is to prevent the complications of diabetes in people with diabetes through raising awareness about the complications, and empowering those affected by diabetes to proactively take control of their diabetes and improve their quality of life. The event reflected an exciting environment for everyone, and the activities were tailored towards young children through fun shows featuring mascots, a magic show, and other educational activities. This year’s event was sponsored by Advanced Technology Company and Kuwait Finance House and had the theme of ‘Women and Diabetes – Our Right to a Healthy Future’ as per the International Diabetes Federation.

“Holding such events and activities stems from Dasman Diabetes Institute’s mission statement, where health promotion and awareness are a priority for the Institute.  Since its establishment by the Kuwait Foundation of the Advancement of Sciences in 2006, the Institute organizes and takes part in many events and campaigns annually to shed light on diabetes and health in general.  This is in accordance with the Institute’s belief that, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, Dr. Qais Al-Duwairi, Director-General of Dasman Diabetes Institute said.  In another statement, Dr. Qais Al-Duwairi said “With a national diabetes prevalence rate of 20% in adults and in people aged 45 or above, it is over 40%, the Dasman Diabetes Institute is focused on addressing the diabetes epidemic through research, treatment and training. With over 5000 patients and 91 research projects, the Institute continues to unravel fundamental questions in biomedical and clinical diabetes research”.