Qatar University College of Health Sciences (QU-CHS) faculty and students organised and participated in a community outreach event as part of activities to mark World Diabetes Day.
Themed ‘Eyes on Diabetes’, the event was held in collaboration with Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA). It aimed to highlight the importance of screening to guarantee an early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and management to reduce the hazard of serious complications.
Four booths by QU Health Clinic, QDA, Khulud Pharmacy and Abbot pharmaceutical company were set up at the Women’s Science Building atrium.
At the QDA booth, students and visitors were provided with one-on-one counselling, blood glucose testing, brochures about type 2 diabetes and screening programme and treatment, and nutritional counselling.
The event also included a lecture on ‘Do we know enough about Diabetes?’ by Dr Buthaina Ibrahim Alowinati, consultant in diabetes at Hamad Medical Corporation and Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar. It also featured a ‘blue for breakfast’ to highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy and balanced diet to prevent the disease, and a campus walk activity to support individuals with diabetes and raise community awareness on the importance of exercise in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and its complications.
Commenting on the event, CHS dean and Biomedical Research Center director Dr Asmaa al-Thani said type 2 diabetes is a preventable disease and health science advocates should try to raise awareness on how to prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications.
“This event aligns with our commitment to the healthcare objectives expressed in the National Health Strategy 2011-2016. It also demonstrates QU’s continuous efforts to raise awareness on important health issues and improve the overall health of Qatari society.”
CHS associate professor of Biomedical Sciences Dr Nasser Rizk, who is also leading the event, pointed out that according to International Diabetes Federation surveys, one in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed because the disease’s symptoms seem harmless.
They include frequent urination, unusual thirst, hunger and weight loss with frequent and recurrent infections, blurred vision, and tingling and numbness in the hands and feet.
“Therefore, knowing the signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes can help with early detection and treatment. The complications of diabetes include blindness, kidney disease and amputations. Additionally, diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke.”
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