Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI), a leading campaigner for diabetes awareness in Kuwait, held an informative event to commemorate World Diabetes Day on Thursday, 17 November, 2016 on its premises. Visitors at the event could consult with diabetes specialists and dietitians who explained various facts of diabetes and promoted a healthy lifestyle. Around 1000 guests attended, showing their interest to prevent and manage this dangerous lifestyle disease.
The information offered included proper dietary habits, importance of physical activity and oral health. Aside from readily available information, visitors could take advantage of blood glucose testing, funduscopic and podiatric exams set up by DDI, in addition to receive nutritional, educational and fitness consultations by the Institute’s experts. Many well-known organizations such as Kuwait Diabetes Society, Oral Health Program (Ministry of Health), LOYAC, Kuwait Finance House amongst others, were onsite to outline various options for people living with diabetes and encourage awareness among the general public.
The aim of the event was to prevent the complications of diabetes in people with diabetes through raising awareness about the difficulties, and empowering those affected by diabetes to proactively take control of their disease and improve their quality of life.
Creating a fun and exciting environment, everyone benefited from the informative sessions while children enjoyed fun shows featuring mascots, a magic show, and other educational activities.
“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,’” said Dr. Qais Al-Duwairi, Director-General of Dasman Diabetes Institute.