One in 13 Moroccans suffer from diabetes

Doctors and medical experts have talked about metabolic diseases in Morocco during the ' Global Premix Summit on 18 March in Rabat.

At the meeting, which was held previously in Casablanca and Marrakech, came more than 250 doctors, endocrinologists and internists from the whole of Africa.

"Morocco is one of the most affected African countries, with an estimated prevalence of 7.7 percent, equivalent to nearly 1,671,400 people," according to a press release of the meeting. Affected people are usually between the ages of 20 and 79 years.

According to a report by the International Diabetes Federation is 41.2% of the Moroccan patients not diagnosed, that his 688,200 persons. According to the Federation death and more than 9,500 adults to diabetes each year.

Lindy Calder, Professor of Endocrinology and metabolic diseases and the Dean of the Faculty of medicine and pharmacy in Agadir, called on to a new model for the follow-up of patients with diabetes, especially those that lead to type 2 diabetes.

"The patients are often passive in the various aspects of the proposed therapeutic strategy by their doctors, they make no efforts to adopt participatory and responsible behaviour", explained Calder.

"Patients need to understand that the most important aspect of their care can be achieved by themselves," he added.

According to a report by the Global Premix Summit will be the last of non-communicable diseases worldwide over the next 10 years to increase by 17% and in particular with 27% in the African region, making it the world's leading cause of disability in 2030 will be.