MUSCAT: A major health concern the region faces is Metabolic Syndrome. The condition combines increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels to increasing risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Speaking on the first day of the MED2020 forum, Dr Inis Jane Bardella, professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, Chicago Medical School, said that change in lifestyle can be a solution.

The two-day forum began on Sunday under the auspices of H H Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said. Dr Inis said lifestyle modifications, medication and exercises can help regulate lipids, blood pressures and glucose content in the body.

“One must ensure that sugar consumption is not more than 1,800 calories a day. The government can subsidise health food and taxes must be levied on fast food.” More than 300 physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals and administrators are participating in the forum. Experts specialising in cardiology, Metabolic Syndrome, blood disorders, anti-ageing, paediatrics, trauma and critical care are also taking part in the forum.

Held under the theme ‘Transforming the Future of Medicine in the MENA Region for Superior Healthcare Outcomes’, the forum is a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences from advancements in medicine. Addressing the gathering, Sayyid Faisal said, “The conference strives to leverage advancements in medicine to meet challenges that healthcare practitioners face today. We hope medical professionals discuss the issues in the world of medicine over the next two days.”