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Dubai: Women with diabetes accounted for 54 .3 per cent of a total of 6,430 new diabetes cases registered in 2019 in Oman, local media reported.

According to the Ministry of Health, about 31 per cent of the cases registered are in the age group between 45 and 49 years followed by those between 40 and 44 years.

The total diabetes cases on at the national level stood at 105,317 in 2019.

“Oman has witnessed an epidemiological transition to non-communicable diseases possible because of a number of factors including changes in lifestyle together with the demographic changes as is evident by aging of the population,” the ministry said.

According to the ministry’s report, cardiovascular diseases and cancer are the leading causes of death, while hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, obesity and diabetes mellitus are on the rise.

“Almost 75 per cent hypertensive patients and 52 per cent diabetics do not know that they have these diseases and 64 per cent of those who have it do not control it.”

“The Ministry of Health has taken several steps to improve the health care provided to such patients including both preventive and curative measures at all levels of health care,” said the report.