88,000 die of diabetes in Pakistan every year

Karachi: Deputy Director National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (NIDE), Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Dr Fariduddin, on Tuesday said that about 7 million people are suffering from diabetes in Pakistan, while 10% population of the country is unaware of the fact that they are diabetic.

He informed while addressing a seminar on topic “Diabetes Management in Ramazan” jointly organized by Association of Health Journalists Pakistan and Health Committee and Sanofi-Aventis Pakistan at Karachi Press Club. Director Corporate Communication Sanofi Pakistan Laila Khan and member of health journalists association were also present on this occasion.

He said the patients suffering from diabetes could observe fasting with consultation of doctors and stressed the need of screening patients before the start of Ramazan. He said compiling sugar free plan is necessary in Ramazan, otherwise, patients could face its complication.

He said Pakistan is one of the 10 countries in the world with the highest prevalence of diabetes and has one of the fastest increases in the number of diabetics. “It is estimated that by 2030, Pakistan will have a diabetic population of around 11.4 million, he added.” He said 366 million people had diabetes in 2011 in world and this will risen to 552 million in 2030.

Dr Fareeduddin said approximately 88,000 people, including 35,615 men and 52,397 women, die of diabetes every year in our country. He said symptoms of the diseases included excessive thirst and appetite, weight loss, lethargy, blurred vision and skin infections. He pointed out that early diagnosis played vital role in management of diabetes.

He said education and prevention were important to fight diabetes as significant number with diabetes live in low and middle income countries.

He stressed the need to educate people regarding the management of the disease as using a healthy lifestyle, taking good food, doing regular exercise and adapting natural life style’, this disease could be managed.

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