More than 500 leading experts from around the world attended the opening day of the first International Abu Dhabi Diabetes Congress yesterday.
The three-day congress opened with a lecture from Dr James Meigs of Harvard, who addressed issues surrounding identification and prevention of the disease.
The day saw lectures from specialists across the UAE, Europe and the US covering the burden of diabetes, the multiple causes and risk factors, and treatment strategies for patients suffering from diabetes as a result of obesity.
"We are delighted with the turn out for the congress," said Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi. "We are confident the opportunity to hear and speak to the world's leading diabetologists will provide essential knowledge transfer for all attendees, especially those from the UAE who face a huge challenge in reducing the burden of diabetes within our community."