A top celebrity cardiologist has urged people to ditch "white death" diets of bread, pasta, sugar and salt if the UAE is to tackle its rampant levels of diabetes.
"Nutrition is simple; eat less and eat more naturally. Saturated fat does not cause heart disease alone. Studies at Cambridge University have found no link between meat, eggs or dairy and heart disease.
Preventive measures should be more of a focus for health authorities, said Dr Walker. He said a change in approach, with more responsibility placed on people to manage their own health, could save millions of dirhams each year.
"It’s like the financial world waiting for someone to go bankrupt before offering financial advice. The best treatment for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis – all of our modern-day killers – is not to get them in the first place. "Much more than 90 per cent of modern diseases are preventable through education. A heart attack can cost A$40,000 (Dh111,000) to treat. If it can be prevented, that has huge cost implications."
"Medicine is not enough on its own; people need to take responsibility for their own health."