The inception of the Saudi Diabetes & Endocrine Association (SDEA) started about 28 years ago in 1985 as the brain child of Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Turki, SDEA’s President and CEO. At the time it was called the “Diabetic Club”. He had a dream of raising the awareness about the disease to help prevent it as well as improve the quality of controlling it among those inflicted by it. It was met with great support by the members: physicians, healthcare educators, and dietitians in addition to other leaders in the region.

Seven years ago it became an officially recognized association registered as a charitable organization in the Ministry of Social Affairs as the “Saudi Diabetes & Endocrine Association”. It is:

1. A recognized member by the International Diabetes federation (IDF).

2. A recognized member by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

3. Recognized by the European Diabetes Forum.

4. Recognized by the Canadian and Australian Diabetes Associations.

5. Member of the Arab League of Diabetes.

Its membership includes patients, Health Care Providers (physicians, educators, dietitians, nurses) in addition businesspersons, journalists, community leaders and volunteers.

It has various clubs to promote sharing of knowledge and updating the standards of diabetes care in the region and distribution of educational materials:

1. Education Club

2. Endocrine Club

3. Nutrition Club

4. A Women’s Health Committee

It also has a Media Team to help the coverage, enhance diabetes and obesity prevention awareness and spread of its various activities: forums, workshops, educational sessions. It is in the process of launching a Children’s Diabetic Club as well as the Friends of Diabetics Club.

SDEA is very active in providing periodic electronic and papers publications in Arabic and English to help spread educational materials to the needy public to help support them in adopting healthy styles to combat obesity, diabetes and their related diseases.

The SDEA has also established a unique website in Arabic and English with various interactive tools to educate the local community and communicate with the other diabetic people and associations in the world. The website has many useful educational materials to children, adults and seniors and has many important guidelines that concern all diabetic Muslims in the world in the fields of Fasting Ramadan and performing Hajj (pilgrimages).

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