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Seminar warns of alarming diabetes epidemic.

Summary: BEIRUT: Participants in a seminar sounded the alarm over the weekend about the increasing rates of diabetes in Lebanon, warning that some 300,000 people were affected by the disease. A seminar highlighting the dangers of diabetes was held Saturday under the patronage of Health Minister Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh. The event was organized by the National

BEIRUT: Participants in a seminar sounded the alarm over the weekend about the increasing rates of diabetes in Lebanon, warning that some 300,000 people were affected by the disease.

A seminar highlighting the dangers of diabetes was held Saturday under the patronage of Health Minister Mohammad Jawad Khalifeh.

The event was organized by the National Program for Diabetes in cooperation with the Lebanese Diabetes Association and the participation of the International Association of Lions Clubs in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

The seminar was held on the occasion of World Diabetes Day and Khalifeh addressed the risks associated with the illness.

"According to statistics, almost 70 percent of eye diseases and blindness, kidney diseases, open heart surgeries and amputations result from diabetes."

Khalifeh said the ministry was committed to combating the illness.

The head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, MP Atef Majdalani, described the disease as a pandemic.

Some 300,000 people in Lebanon are affected by the disease, the lawmaker said.

"This is a dangerous indicator and it requires extreme attention and care," he said explaining that the reasons behind these figures were a lack of awareness, weak prevention and control methods, and negligence on the part of patients.

He called for increasing awareness campaigns and improving medical services laws, noting that patient negligence often resulted from the high costs of medications. -- The Daily Star

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
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Date:Nov 15, 2010
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