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Defeating Diabetes Requires Awareness, Right Choices

By Hala Al-Sabej and Ahmad Al-Hamily

Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2011

KUWAIT, Oct 5 (KUNA) -- Defeating diabetes requires self-awareness and making the right choices, which are elements essential for Kuwait to combat the disease, said Executive Director for the Defeat Diabetes Foundation (DDF) Andrew Mandell on Wednesday.

 
 Executive Director for Defeat Diabetes Foundation,
Andrew P. Mandell


Speaking at a roundtable press meeting at the US Embassy, Mandell, also known as "Mr. Diabetes", told KUNA that building diabetes prevention habits were integral for such situations, affirming that such steps would "impact the disease" which is becoming an epidemic in Kuwait.
 
Diabetes, said Mandell, was a "nasty and insidious" that attacks from everywhere but to tackle the issue, one should take a step back to look at others' experiences.

"You are a snapshot of what the US was 40 or 50 years ago. We know what's happening to Kuwait. We can see it because you are reflecting exactly what we went through," said Mandell in regards to the current status-quo of diabetes in Kuwait.

Kuwait has a small and intelligent community that could receive and resonate information more faster than big societies in the US, indicated Mandell, who stressed that the DDF would be sharing information about diabetes to help and stem its growth here.

Mandell said that improving one's health and life-style is going to lessen the cost of medication because diabetes "is an expensive disease." He added that such improvements would also better prevention measures by 95 percent in Kuwait.

Mandell also spoke about his nickname, saying that he wanted to create a flagship image for diabetes prevention "putting a face" that would enable people to recognize the problem and work on efforts to prevent it.

When asked about cooperating with Kuwaiti institutes, Mandell said that the DDF has opened their doors to address the issue, meeting with local representatives of diabetes prevention societies and institutions.

The expert affirmed that it was now time to make a connection between the DDF and counterparts in Kuwait to make things happen and help defeat the chronic disease.

Andrew Mandell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1985. After that, he continued to live as he had, working hard, playing even harder, eating whatever he wanted.

As the disease grew stronger Andrew grew weaker. His neuropathy became so severe that he couldn't bear to have anything touching his skin. Finally, he was in bed 20 hours a day (for two years), had limited feeling in his feet and legs and had lost 75-80 pounds.

Andrew was faced with a choice that all diabetics ultimately face; take management of your health condition seriously or die.
 
Mandell Speaking at a roundtable press meeting
Mandell Speaking at a roundtable press meeting

In 1990, Mandell co-founded Defeat Diabetes Foundation (DDF) with his brother, Jerry, to educate and inform the public about diabetes and the dangers that it poses. Since that time he's become knowledgeable in the field of diabetes, authored a fitness manual for diabetics, articles for a variety of publications and websites, and helped develop a screening test brochure that has been distributed to millions of children throughout the United States.
For further information about the DDF and diabetes prevention measures visit the link http://www.defeatdiabetes.org/.

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

 
 
 
 
 
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