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ABOUT Qatar Diabetes Support

Supporting Diabetics in Qatar

We are a support group of Diabetics and their families in Qatar. Our aim to to support each other with personal experiences and friendship. We are also Diabetic Activists with the aim of improving the lives of Diabetics in Qatar through liaising with Government Organisations, Companies and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.

We have close links with the Qatar Diabetes Association and we believe that any advice medical advice given by our members should be checked with the QDA or your Doctor to see if its right for you.

We are most active through our closed Facebook Group – Providing encouragement and support to each other

Diabetics and their Families are most welcome to join

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Diabetes in Numbers

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What you need to know if you have been Diagnosed as Diabetic

First- You are not alone! Millions of people live with Diabetes every day.

Second – Educate yourself! Speak to your Doctor, your family and friends and join a Support Group

Third – Take Control of your Diabetes! – Learn as much as you can about it and learn about how your body reacts to Diabetes

We have close links with the Qatar Diabetes Association and we believe that any advice medical advice given by our members should be checked with the QDA or your Doctor to see if its right for you.

We are most active through our closed Facebook Group – Providing encouragement and support to each other

Diabetics and their Families are most welcome to join

Join Our Facebook Group

Frequently asked Questions: Diabetes

What are the warning signs and symptoms of diabetes?2019-10-30T11:56:33+00:00

There are diabetes warning signs and symptoms that both women and men have in common, for example:

  • Excessive thirst and hunger
  • Frequent urination (from urinary tract infections or kidney problems)
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Nausea
  • Skin infections
  • Darkening of skin in areas of body creases (acanthosis nigricans)
  • Breath odor that is fruity, sweet, or an acetone odor
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or fee
What is Diabetes?2019-10-30T11:56:17+00:00

Diabetes is a serious condition where either your pancreas is unable to make insulin or your body cannot make use of the insulin produced by your body. This leads to high blood sugar leads (Hyperglycaemia) which damages the body and the failure of various organs and tissues .

How did I get Diabetes?2019-05-05T11:16:02+01:00

Type 1 – Scientists think Type 1 is caused by both a Genetic Factor (someone in your family may have it) and by environmental factors- for example a virus that triggers it, or if your pancreas is damaged and cannot produce Insulin.

Type 2 – There are a number Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes. These increase the chances of you developing the condition

  • Family History
  • The older you get the more risk you have
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Ethnicity – some Ethnic groups are more likely to develop it
    • South Asians 6x more likely
    • African and Afro Caribbean are 3x times more likely
  • Being Overweight
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Not enough exercise
  • History of Gestational Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition during pregnancy
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance (Blood sugar raises higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes – sometimes called pre-diabetes)
What Type of Diabetes do I have?2019-05-05T11:15:07+01:00

90% of all cases of Diabetes are Type 2 but the only way to actually tell is to get your Doctor to run tests. There are 5 tests that can be run and you should check with your Doctor which ones he can do for you.

What Type of Diabetes are there?2019-05-05T11:14:38+01:00
  1. Type 1 – Your body doesn’t make enough insulin or no insulin at all – this is made by the Pancreas.
  2. Type 2 – Your body doesn’t use the insulin correctly
  3. Gestational Diabetes – This affects woman whilst pregnant and usually (not always) disappears after giving birth – but leads to a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life both for the mother and child

There are a variety of other variations but they are much rarer

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Qatar Diabetes News and Useful Posts

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Diabetes LADA

Have you heard of LADA? Sometimes called Type 1.5 Diabetes... Some people are actually misdiagnosed as type 2. LADA stands for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood. LADA is a form of type 1 diabetes that

Video Sneak Preview by Dr. Doaa Farid

Dear Members, here is a sneak preview of the video being done by Dr. Doaa Farid in association with the Marriot - organised by Rupert Wilson and Diabetes Qatar Support. It's about healthy eating

Diabetes Medication – Guides and Information

Diabetes medications are a common form of treatment for people with diabetes. There are many different types of diabetes medicines, or anti-diabetic drugs, and this includes insulin, which has its own area within the site.

The Dawn Phenomenon

Many people with diabetes observe that their numbers first thing in the morning are often higher than their target. This condition is called “dawn phenomenon” and it can occur in people with type 2 diabetes.

Free Consulation with Dr Doaa Farid

A reminder to all our members about the free consultations available from Dr Farid and her fellow Dr. who are giving up there time to help people...

What non-diabetics don’t know


Heated balloon as treatment for Type 2 Diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes could now be treated with a heated balloon that regenerates cells key to controlling blood sugar. Rahul Kumar (pictured above), 48, an IT consultant from Bromley, South-East London, was one

How To Keep Rocking The Diabetic Life?

During National Diabetes Month, we come together to raise awareness of Diabetes, celebrate the progress we have made in combating it, and recommit ourselves to defeating it. Founder of Qatar Diabetes Support group, Justin Murray,

Fighting Diabetes Together – Join the Walk!

At this upcoming World Diabetes Day, come and join us at the Oxygen Park in Education City on Friday, 15th of November 2019. Let us fight diabetes together! Starting from 1pm to 5 pm, various

Diabetic-friendly Rice & Noodles in Doha

Are you in the mood for some Diabetic friendly rice or noodles? I found these in Megamart The Center, Doha. Just be warned that when you open them they smell terrible. You'll need to rince

Obesity & Diabetes levels in Qatar

Qatar has some of the highest levels of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes mellitus in the region” Dr Abdulla al-Hamaq, executive director of Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) said. “With the high prevalence of

Back to Basics: How to check your blood sugar

There are two primary ways to figure out your blood sugar: a blood glucose meter and a continuous glucose meter. Checking your blood glucose requires three things: a blood glucose meter, a test strip, and

Watch the truth about Carbs

This is terrifying about how much sugar (via carbs) is in various foods. Watch the truth about carbs! Source: BBC 

16 healthy foods Diabetics should eat regularly

Here are the 16 foods that diabetics should consume often. Berries. Just because diabetes occurs because of blood sugar, that doesn’t mean that sweet fruits will only worsen their condition. Berries like raspberry and blueberry

Starbucks event & blood monitor giveaway

Dear All, remember the event on Friday- 2 PM - Starbucks Tarwa Mall. In addition - if you need a Blood Monitor please PM me and if possible please attend the event! I need to

Your Help is Needed – Type 1 Diabetics in Qatar

THE QATAR DIABETES ASSOCIATION الجمعية القطرية للسكري NEEDS OUR HELP! "We are looking for Adults living with type 1 diabetes who are willing to take part in a study. The research is studying different means

How much you should be eating

A little picture to show how much you should be eating and in what ratio. Do u keep to this? Please talk to your dietitian and/or diabetes educator about what's right for you. Source: Diabetes

How to eat to your Meter

The aims of eating to your meter is in identifying the foods or meals that lead to a larger rise in your blood sugar levels after eating and the foods and meals that lead to

Qatar Diabetes Association Services

Good Afternoon Members, So i had the long awaited meeting with the Qatar Diabetes Association and it was very interesting!. They are doing excellent work and i believe all our members can benefit. Firstly all

10 Celebrities with Diabetes

There are currently 30.3 million Americans living with diabetes, so it should come as no surprise that celebrities are among their ranks. From actors to musicians to sports stars to beauty queens, learn about 10

Life as a Diabetic comedian

A little bit of light humour to get you ready for Sunday! "Diabetic comedy is not a thing!" Ed Gamble on being called a 'diabetic comedian'. Watch below!   Source: BBC Two

Difference between Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

Glycemia is the presence of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Hyperglycemia indicates excess glucose in the blood. Hypoglycemia refers to abnormally low presence of glucose in the blood. Controlling blood glucose levels is the cornerstone

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