Pakistan ranks 8th in world diabetic patients

Hyderabad—President Medical Research Centre and Professor of Medicine Dr Bekha Ram Devrajani said that diabetes is a growing pandemic of the century and it has crippled many and was continuing to do so ruthlessly.
Addressing a press conference at Press Club Hyderabad on Thursday, Professor Devrajani said that masses and diabetic patients must adopt preventive measures to avoid serious health hazards. He informed that the theme of this year was “Eyes on Diabetes” and the focus was given on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of two types of diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.
Professor Bekha Ram said that more than 93 million adults currently living with diabetes and by 2040 over 640 million people may be living with diabetes while Pakistan was at the 8th position, with over 7 million diabetic patients between 20 to 79 years of age.
He informed that these complications can be prevented or delayed by maintaining blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible. Many complications can be picked up in their early stages through screening, so that treatment can be given to prevent them of becoming more serious, he added.
He said that many people with diabetes knew they had to take care of their feet as they understood occurring of foot problems would help them to take action to prevent the disease.
He said that diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin, or by the ineffective use of the insulin produced. Such a deficiency results in increased concentrations of glucose in the blood, which in turn damage many of the body’s systems, he added.—APP

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