Undiagnosed lifestyle diseases were found commonly among young people visiting special booths set up at shopping malls by ‘Kulluna’ the national safety campaign, says a senior health expert.
Life style diseases such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure which are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases were mostly diagnosed among visitors at Kulluna for Health and Safety initiative’s health awareness campaign, Kulluna for a Healthy Heart.
Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, the head of Kulluna campaign, spoke on the sidelines of a health check-up booth opened at the Landmark Mall yesterday in addition to booths open at City centre and The Mall since the beginning of Ramadan.
The ‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ campaign being held under the theme ‘Know your Numbers’ focuses on various preventative measures of cardiovascular diseases and highlights the behaviours, lifestyle and risk factors that can lead to heart-related illnesses such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
An average of 300 to 400 people visits the health check up booths daily, at shopping malls.
“This year’s campaign has re-confirmed that many people are walking among us with un-diagnosed lifestyle diseases, we find such very young people,” said Dr Saifeldeen.
He narrated two important incidents where young people were found with un-diagnosed life style diseases at the Kulluna for a Healthy Heart booth in the City Centre.
A very young pregnant mother had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. “She had not been diagnosed with gestational diabetes until we checked her, this is a very dangerous situation for the mother and baby,” he said.
“There was another 24 years old young man, who looked bit over weight and claimed not having any illness. But when he was checked we found him having high cholesterol and diabetes,” said Dr Saifeldeen.
The health check up booths at shopping malls will end with Ramadan, although the campaign will continue on social media, with health experts highlighting the importance of preventing lifestyle diseases, which could lead to heart related illnesses.
Launched in April 2013 by Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Hamad International Training Center (HITC), and supported by its founding sponsor ConocoPhillips Qatar, the campaign aims to raise awareness of Qatar residents about cardiovascular disease, its prevention, available treatments and lifestyle changes that promoteheart health.