World diabetes day observed

Islamabad: The Diabetic Association of Pakistan and WHO Collaborating Centre Karachi observed World diabetes day at local hotel. The Scientific Session in the morning was meant for the doctors.

The session started with the address by Professor A. Samad Shera, Secretary General Diabetic Association of Pakistan, Honorary President International Diabetes Federation, Founder President Diabetes in Asia Study Group and Director WHO Collaborating Centre for Diabetes.

He introduced the theme of the World Diabetes Day “Women and Diabetes”. He said diabetes is a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. World Diabetes Day provides the opportunity to improve care for the many millions living with diabetes and to encourage governments to do more to prevent diabetes in the many more at risk.

He further said currently there are 415 million people living with diabetes worldwide. By 2040, the number will rise to 642 million. There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase 313 million by 2040. Diabetes is the 9th leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year. Pakistan has also seen a sharp rise in the diabetes prevalence. These facts and figures reiterate the importance of urgent action.

He further said Type 1 diabetes can not be prevented, a Healthy Lifestyle is an important part of effective management of the disease. 70 % of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by healthy eating and regular physical activity (30 minutes brisk walk daily before meal).

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