Pakistan ranks fourth in the world for diabetes prevalence. Thus, there is an urgent need to take emergency steps for the control and prevention of diabetes.
Head of the Federal Government Polyclinic Diabetes Department Dr. Sarwar Malik said that this ‘silent killer’ is known by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood.
At the World Diabetes Day seminar at the hospital Dr. Sarwar said, “In Pakistan, the situation regarding diabetes is alarming. We used to rank 10th in the world in terms of having the highest number of people living with diabetes, but now, the ranking position has reached fourth as the disease has reached epidemic proportions.”
Dr. Sarwar said that it is important to create public awareness in order to prevent and treat diabetes. He said that if people are negligent about it, it can damage many body organs.
Diabetes Department head said that the hospital will start an awareness program to control and prevent the disease.
Polyclinic spokesman Dr. Sharif Astori highlighted the importance of exercise and diet in lowering the likelihood of diabetes.
Dr. Astori said, “A healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activity are imperative for diabetes management.”
Earlier, we shared with our readers that Pakistanis are 2-4 times more likely to be diabetic.