Nursing students and staff at the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Mobile Diabetes Unit (MDU) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) were briefed on the risks of type 2 diabetes among children.
The event was attended by Supreme Council for Health president Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Health Minister Dr Jalila Al Sayed and other senior officials.
“We are proud of the MDU’s efforts and the university’s research, which are paving the way in understanding the disease, improving treatment and creating better health outcomes for people in Bahrain,” said RCSI Bahrain president Professor Sameer Otoom.
The MDU was established in 2012 in collaboration with the Bahrain Diabetes Society, for the third- and fourth-year students.
Type 2 diabetes is an impairment in the way the body regulates and uses glucose as a fuel. The condition results in too much sugar circulating in the bloodstream. Eventually, high blood sugar levels can lead to disorders of the circulatory, nervous and immune systems.
Type 2 is more common in older adults, but the increase in the number of children with obesity has led to more cases of type 2 diabetes in younger people.
Losing weight, eating well and exercising can help people manage the disease. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to manage blood sugar levels, patients may also need medications or insulin therapy.