Twelve percent of women in Pakistan contract diabetes during pregnancy due to obesity

City Reporter

Karachi

Pakistan is celebrating World Diabetes Day 2017 on Tuesday with the theme Diabetes and Women amidst an incidence rate of 12% gestational diabetes (ailment contracted during pregnancy) with associated risks for both mothers and babies born to them, in a scenario when 26.3% population, above 20 years of age, are already inflicted with diabetes type two. Professor of Medicine and Diabetology, Baqai Medical University, Dr. Abdul Basit sharing details of the 2nd National Diabetes Survey of Pakistan (NDSP), during a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Monday, said the year long exercise conducted between August 2016 to 2017 in four provinces of the country,identified 76.2% of the population to be over weight (BMI above 23) and 62.1% obese (with BMI above 25), a major contributory factor for diabetes among the concerned patients.
Babies born to diabetic mothers, he warned can turn new borns all the more vulnerable to diabetes due to decline in breast feeding culture and growing reliance on infant formulae followed by milk powder enhancing their sugar level to higher proportions.

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