7.1 million people over 20 years old affected by diabetes: experts
KARACHI: Diabetes is rapidly increasing around the world, particularly in Pakistan, where approximately 7.1 million people over 20 years old are affected by the disease, health experts said on Sunday.
They were talking at a programme organised by the Diabetic Association of Pakistan (DAP) and the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) to mark the World Diabetes Day that is celebrated on November 14 every year.
Quoting International Organisation for Diabetes’ statistics, experts said 300 million people were currently affected by diabetes and the number could rise to 450 million by 2030 if effective measures were not immediately taken. If that were to happen, Pakistan would be fourth with 13.8 million diabetic patients, they added.
Diabetes can be prevented by an active lifestyle, exercise and balanced diet; it is a misconception that using insulin is harmful to humans, as it is really a blessing for humanity, particularly in the case of diabetes.
Unfortunately, diabetes is spreading among children as well, which is an alarming sign for the society. The main causes of diabetes among children are the fast food trend; constant use of Internet and television instead of healthy, physical activities; and lack of exercise.
WHOCC Director Prof A Samad Shera, National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology Director Prof Zaman Shaikh and others delivered lectures on the occasion, while DAP Patron Ilahi Bakhsh Soomro was the chief guest. staff report