35% of Premature Deaths in Pakistan Linked to Diabetes: Experts

Tue Nov 14 2023
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LAHORE: Medical experts and nutritionists, in a seminar organized by the Institute of Public Health (IPH) on World Diabetes Day, highlighted the concerning rise of diabetes cases in Pakistan.

Emphasizing the need for reduced sugar and sweets consumption, they highlighted the associated risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease, renal failure, and blindness.

Dean of IPH, Professor Dr. Zarfashan Tahir, expressed deep concern, revealing that a staggering 32 million Pakistanis currently battle diabetes, posing a significant risk for other life-threatening conditions.

Dr. Mehreen Farooqi underscored the importance of regular blood screenings, particularly for those above 35, to enable early detection and preventive measures against diabetes. She pointed out that 35% of premature deaths in Pakistan are linked to this health condition.

Tackling Rising Diabetes Cases

Dr. Shafa Ali emphasized the significance of lifestyle changes, daily exercise, and fitness, noting that taking 500 steps daily can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes. Dr. Mahnaz Nasir Khan advocated for a shift in daily habits, emphasizing the principle of eating to live, not living to eat.

The seminar concluded with a symbolic walk involving the Dean, faculty members, doctors, and students. A nutrition camp provided free sugar tests, blood pressure checks, and weight assessments, offering practical insights into diabetes prevention, management, and necessary measures. The event aimed to raise public awareness and encourage collaborative efforts among medical professionals to address the escalating health crisis.

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