Arab hospital (illustration)
Arab hospital (illustration)Flash 90

In time for World Health Day on Thursday, which this year has diabetes as its theme, the Palestinian Authority's (PA) medical information center published diabetes statistics for Palestinian residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

In 2015 the proportion of diabetes patients rose to 201 cases for every 100,000 people, meaning that an additional 9,400 Palestinian Arabs came down with diabetes last year.

In Gaza around 80,000 people were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, while 9,400 others were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

According to the figures of the PA health ministry, diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death. It comes behind heart disease, cancer, and brain disease.

Deaths from diabetes and its complications accounted for 8.9% of the cases of death.

Only 0.5% of diabetes patients are treating their disease with preventative treatment, 64.2% take pills to lower the sugar levels in their blood, 21.5% take insulin and 13.8% combine pills and insulin.