National strategy needed to combat diabetes: docs

IN A letter to the Australasian Medical Journal, doctors and pharmacists from Riyadh noted the prevalence of diabetes was estimated at 24% among Saudi adults, some three times higher than the global prevalence (8.3%).

“The tremendous surge in socio­economic growth over the last few decades probably contributed to unhealthy habits,” the authors noted, citing traditional risk factors such as obesity and a sedentary lifestyle as well as newer contributors such as excessive consumption of fast food.

There was an “urgent need