ABU DHABI, March 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the regulatory body of the healthcare sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) confirmed that they will host the1st International Abu Dhabi Diabetes Congress (ADDC), at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi from 12th to 14th March 2010.

The three day conference will bring together over 20 leading experts from Europe, the USA and the UAE, including some of the world's leading researchers; Professor Clifford J Bailey of Aston University, UK; Professor Ele Ferrannini of the University of Pisa, Italy; and Prof. Luc Van Gaal of Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium, Ulf Smith, President of EASD and Phillip. Halban from Switzerland.

The congress aims to address the identification, causes and prevention of diabetes mellitus, relating factors such as obesity and cardiovascular diseases and the latest in management and treatment strategies.

H.E. Engineer Zaid Al Siksek, CEO of HAAD said:At HAAD we are committed to supporting the continuing development of our healthcare professionals and combating the incidence of diabetes through education and training. We are delighted that Abu Dhabi's first international diabetes congress will be attended by some of the industry's great minds, and we are sure that all delegates will take back a wealth of experience and education to share with their patients and fellow colleagues.

Diabetes mellitus (Types I and II) is the condition used to describe patients who have high blood sugar levels, due to poor absorption of glucose into the body. Whilst diabetes mellitus has many causes and often results as a culmination of multiple risk factors, cardiovascular disease and obesity represent significant confounding factors for the incidence of Type II diabetes. In order to combat the high prevalence of this life threatening condition, a combination of management, lifestyle and pharmacological factors need to be addressed.

The 1st International Abu Dhabi Diabetes Congress will be an opportunity for healthcare professionals to observe and share best practice examples amongst peers, and take these examples back into their communities.

For more information on the congress and to register for attendance please visit: http://www.haad.ae or http://www.addc.gr/site/

SOURCE: Health Authority - Abu Dhabi

CONTACT: For more information: Rami Adwan, Media Specialist, HAAD,radwan@haad.ae, Tel +971-2-419-3318