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statistics for diabetes mellitus type 2 in children middle east countries?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
Related to Obesity: When children go beyond a body mass index of 28 (there are charts for children bmi) specially if one parent or worse 2 have heavy family history of type 2, you have to change life style to bring that body mass index down. Statistics are against you if you do not.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
See below: In uae 5 out of 40 children with diabetes mellitus have type2. In saudi arabia 120 out of 100, 000 children had type2.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
High: 6 out of the world's top ten countries for highest prevalence of diabetes are in the middle east & north africa (http://sgoti.Ws/q6pxbt) & it is increasing in prevalence (http://goo.Gl/a3khh) . Saudi arabia has the 4th highest diabetes rate in the world, at about 22 percent (http://sgoti.Ws/q6pewq). Diets high in simple sugars and increasing rates of obesity are thought to be major contributors.

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