According to diabetes experts in the regio, diabetes is soaring in Saudi Arabia. Evidence has recently been reported in the swift rise in diabetes amputations in the region. In Riyadh alone, one surgeon commented, three amputations linked due to diabetes are performed every day.
Dr. Abdulaziz al-Gannass, foot and ankle surgeon at the National Guard King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh reportedly said that amputation rates were soaring. He claimed that the diabetes level in the country was a shock and largely down to poor diet and high consumption of sugar, as well as a lack of exercise and high levels of smoking.
Diabetes complications, including diabetes foot problems, are also becoming more common. Gannass estimates that between 25 and 27 per cent of the country have diabetes . Furthermore, the diabetic population is becoming younger, he said.

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