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Almost one in every seven people living in the UAE is overweight or obese, according to recent statistics. The reasons for the alarming state of affairs are the usual ones: easy access to fast/unhealthy food, smoking, and lack of regular exercise. Residents of the UAE are not optimally managing chronic diseases and living busy and stressful lives that lead to poor health statistics. A large population is living with diabetes, hypertensive heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiomyopathies, and congenial heart disease. Even though lifelong medications are available to offset some of the risks, in essence such lifestyle diseases hamper healthy and comfortable living.
"In the UAE we live in a cleaner environment with less risk of infections and diseases," said Dr Paulson Chalissery Joseph, a general medicine specialist at Aster Clinic in Dubai. "This also subjects us to low immunity levels."
Dr Joseph said the most common waterborne disease was diarrhoea, which is attributable to unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.
"As it is monsoon season in countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, the major infections and diseases are waterborne."
Aster DM Healthcare’s Nazar makes history at the Cannes Lions, being the first campaign in the UAE to win a Gold and Silver Lions in the Healthcare category. A powerful representation of the susceptibility to eye disease in the blue-collar community, Nazar brought light to an important issue in the region and used innovative tools to create a solution by offering hundreds of free toolkits, eye-checkups and glasses to blue-collar workers.