Ras Al Khaimah: The second edition of the RAK Diabetes Challenge has received 4000 registrations in two days. The challenge is aimed at empowering the community to manage diabetes biomarkers, particularly HbA1c levels and body mass index (BMI).
The registration started online on 14th August 2023, while physical registrations will take place at the RAK Hospital premises from 18th to 20th August 2023, between 9 AM to 5 PM.
Officially launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention Ras Al Khaimah (MOHAP-RAK), this three-month-long transformative campaign by RAK Hospital intends to be a guiding light for lifestyle changes, highlighting the pivotal role of dietary adjustments and regular exercise in managing and even reversing diabetes.
The challenge is tailored for individuals with an HbA1C level of 5.7 and above, providing a platform for participants to embark on a journey of health rejuvenation.
Culminating on World Diabetes Day, 14th November 2023, the RAK Diabetes Challenge expects over 5000 participants from all corners of the UAE. Contestants are competing across three categories, including physical, virtual, and corporate. A total of $5,450 worth of cash prizes awaits the winners in the physical category.
The Virtual Category winners, both male and female, will be rewarded with complimentary RAK Hospital Swiss Health Check vouchers and an array of exciting prizes, including lavish staycations in 5-star properties and coveted gym memberships. The top 10 male and female participants will be richly rewarded for their efforts, while the triumphant corporate team will proudly claim the coveted champion trophy.
Diabetes is a global concern, with the MENA region facing alarming figures. According to the International Diabetes Federation 2021 data, there is an expected 87 percent surge in the diabetic population, projected to reach 136 million by 2045 from 73 million in 2021. Dr. Raza Siddiqui stressed the necessity of creating greater awareness and taking preventive measures to curb the complications of diabetes.
Highlighting the prevalence of type 2 diabetes, which affects 90 percent of patients, Dr. Siddiqui emphasized that, “Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, but it’s also the type where lifestyle intervention can make a tangible difference, often leading to the reversal of the disease.”
The RAK Diabetes Challenge 2023 is an inspiring journey towards better health and well-being, as per the statement.