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Diabetes Industry in the UAE Overview

This report provides a brief description of the diabetes epidemiological situation in United Arab Emirates. Despite dedicated nationwide efforts to raise awareness against the harmful effects of fast-food consumption and sedentary lifestyle, the Arab population continues to struggle with an increased risk for metabolic disorders.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has reported that GCC countries have one of the highest prevalence of diabetes and obesity in the world, given the sedentary lifestyles and increased consumption of foods that are high in calories and sugar. Of the 149,600 deaths in the GCC during 2020, nearly 73% were due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies the lowest position among the top 5 countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) when it comes to the prevalence of diabetes, registering a rate of 12.3% (age-adjusted 16.4%). According to data from the International Diabetes Federation, as of 2021, there are 990,900 reported cases of diabetes in adults within the UAE, out of a total adult population of 8,057,100.

In this report, we reviewed genetic background of diabetes among Arab populations, analysed healthcare market and key market players that offer service for diabetes patients specifically in the UAE region.

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