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The Diabetes clinic at Mediclinic City Hospital provides care to patients using a multidisciplinary approach for the evaluation, management and education of patients with Type I, Type II and gestational diabetes. The doctors strive to improve the health of the diabetes-affected patients by providing the patient and the family with internationally accepted standards of medical care and supervision. The team works together to enable optimal health outcomes such as proficient self-management and control of the condition.

There are three types of diabetes

  • Type 1 Diabetes
    Most people who develop type I diabetes are less than 30 years old and are usually diagnosed as a child. In type I diabetes, your body makes little or no insulin. When this happens, sugar cannot get into the cells for energy and stays in the blood. No one really knows what causes type I diabetes, however doctors believe that the following may somehow be linked to diabetes: viruses (may damage your pancreas), auto-immune response (your body's defence system may attack your insulin making cells by mistake), stress (illness or injury).
  • Type 2 Diabetes
    This is the most common type of diabetes; about 90% of the people who have diabetes have type II. In type II you still make your own insulin, but your body cannot use it properly. No one knows the exact cause of type II diabetes, but it is likely to occur in people who are over 40 years of age, are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
  • Gestational Diabetes
    This is a type of diabetes that happens only to some women who are pregnant. The diabetes usually disappears after the baby is born. About half of the women who develop gestational diabetes will develop type II diabetes later on.

Meet the Team

Dr. Iyad Ksseiry, M.D., F.A.C.E. (USA)

Dr. Iyad brings extensive experience from the U.S.A. and Middle East. Dr. Iyad’s professional interests include diabetes and its complications, gestational diabetes (diabetes in pregnancy), thyroid gland dysfunction (hyper and hypothyroidism), goiter treatment and fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules, osteoporosis (thinning of bones), elevated prolactin levels, hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol), hypertension (high blood pressure) and adrenal, parathyroid and pituitary gland disorders. He is a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Dr. Bahaeldeen A. Laz, MD

Dr. Baha joined Mediclinic City Hospital as an endocrinologist with more than 15 years of medical experience from the United States. Dr. Baha is certified by the American Board in Endocrinology and in Internal Medicine and holds a professional membership to the American Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Minette Prinsloo, BSc (Dietetics)

Minette studied Dietetics at North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa and graduated with distinction in 2009. She is experienced in the nutritional management of inpatients and outpatients including children, pregnant women, medical and surgical patients. 

Sara Adhami, BSc Hons (Nutrition), PG Cert (Diabetes Education), APD, CDE

Sara is an Accredited Practicing Dietician (APD) and Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) with more than 10 years of experience working in Australia and Dubai. Her experience mostly extends to diabetes management and education and illnesses associated with diabetes and obesity. She has worked with clients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes as well as gestational diabetes.

Mona Joumaa, BSc (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Mona graduated from St Joseph University, Beirut, in 2008 with a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics. Afterwards, she worked in a John’s Hopkins affiliated hospital in Lebanon for three years, before moving to Dubai as a clinical dietician in a private hospital specialised in neurological, orthopaedics, neurosurgical and stroke conditions.  She joined Mediclinic City Hospital in 2015. 

Mona deals with all patients who require professional nutritional therapy for management of chronic diseases, weight loss etc..


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