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Health authority urges residents to have annual kidney checks January 11, 2018

Health chiefs have urged the public to get annual kidney check-ups, as doctors witness an increasing number of people that have suffered from diabetes for "years" by the time they receive medical help. Dubai Health Authority said residents should go for an examination every 12 months and those with diabetes in their family should do so every six months.

A lack of awareness of diabetes, irregular contact with GPs and limited insurance for some has led many patients to be diagnosed far too late, medics have said.

In many cases this leads to severe complications that could have otherwise been avoided if they had sought help earlier.

Dubai Hospital said diabetics make up 45 to 48 per cent of the total number of patients on dialysis at its facility.

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