Controlling diabetes in Pakistan

Published May 16, 2013 05:07am

PAKISTAN is the seventh highest population suffering from diabetes and if the trend continues, we would become the fourth largest nation in the world within 20 years.

Diabetes is the challenging public health problem and leading cause for morbidity and mortality. If diabetes is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as blindness, heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome and neuropathy.

Sign and symptoms of diabetes include increase thirst, extreme hunger, frequent urination, unusual weight loss, presence of ketones in urine, fatigue, blurred vision, frequent infections, high blood pressure and slow healing sores. Onset of type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through a healthy lifestyle. Eating the right food, increasing the level of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight can dramatically reduce the progression of type 2 diabetes.

Preventing diabetes is worth much more than a pound of cure. People with risk factors for diabetes should be screened regularly with glucose tests. Early detection and treatment can avert many diabetic complications. Those who already have diabetes can help prevent complications such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic neuropathy by maintaining control over their glucose.

DR SHIREEN NAZIR Karachi


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Syed Husain
May 17, 2013 12:18am
The most important step towards preventing and controlling diabetes is by educating the public about this wretched disease and the consequences of ignoring it. This education and awareness should start at the high school level.
Sadia
May 17, 2013 05:04pm
Yeah u r right. Diabetes has become life threatening disease. Dr.Shireen information is always very knowledgable.I always read her article.Keep up the great work Dr.Shireen!!
Ram Krishan Sharma
May 16, 2013 10:19am
Control over daily sugar intake . Cut the quantity by half. Eat less of carbohydrates ( white rice and chapaties made of fine ATTA). Eat lot of fruit and vegetables. All carbohydrates convert to sugar in the end. Sugar is the main enemy ie eating lot of LADDOOS and Jalebees etc.
KCK
May 16, 2013 05:34pm
This is an excellent information I wish I would have learnt before I got the disease of diabetic. We need programs and information to make people aware of potential of diabetic living in life styles which end up in making one a diabetic. At present I control diabetic with changing my life by eating foods such as nuts, vegetables, channa, daal, fruits according to the recommendations of nutritionists, dieticians or healthcare providers. In addition regular walks and some excercise help keeping body healthy. I avoid grains such as rice, roti, sugars as much as possible. In addition to controlled diet I take pills to control sugar as well as associated diseases as described by Dr. Shireen Nazir. Sugar is an addictive more than any othr addictive foods and it is very difficult to take out of the diet but it is choice between my health and lust for sugar. Dr. Nazir's knowledge of diabtics should be taught in schools, colleges as well as our newspapers should have a regular column allocated to this topic. Please note that this is a deadly disease I have seen people loosing legs and then moving in wheelchairs.
Tariq
May 17, 2013 06:10pm
Healthy life style which means eating most things but in moderation. BUT above all taking regular exercise, or after the main meal twenty minutes walk. you will not see diabetes come close to you.