Karachi, At an awareness seminar on World Diabetes Day hosted by Dow University of Health Sciences, health experts revealed alarming statistics: Pakistan has surpassed other countries, including Egypt and Kuwait, in the increasing rate of diabetes patients. Currently, the country has over 33 million people living with diabetes, and every fifth second globally, a death is attributed to the disease.
According to Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), held at the National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology’s Ojha Campus, was attended by prominent figures such as Vice-Chancellor Professor Muhammad Saeed Quraishy, Professor Saeed A. Mehar of NICVD, and other experts. the speakers highlighted the pressing need for action against the escalating diabetes crisis in Pakistan. The adult diabetes rate in the country stands at over 26.7%, with a notable increase in obesity among youth contributing to this trend. Factors like high-fat diets, lack of exercise, and economic stress were identified as key contributors to the rise in diabetes cases.
Professor Quraishy emphasized the urgency of implementing measures to reduce diabetes in Pakistan, pointing out the unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits prevalent among the youth. Professor Mehar noted the heightened risk of heart attacks among diabetic patients and underscored the importance of regular medical check-ups and cautious dietary habits. Additionally, the seminar addressed the psychological impact of diabetes, with Brigadier (Retd) Shoaib Ahmed recommending regular psychological assessments for patients.
The seminar also focused on the need for awareness and prevention strategies. Professor Tariq Farman stressed the global impact of diabetes, with 6.7 million deaths annually. Dr. Nasir Sial advised diabetic patients to have annual retina examinations, highlighting the disease’s impact on eye health. Moreover, Professor Zeba Haq pointed out that half of the diabetic population in Pakistan is unaware of their condition, underlining the need for better awareness and diagnosis.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology was commended for its patient services, including the provision of free insulin and comprehensive care for diabetic patients. The event concluded with Vice-Chancellor Professor Quraishy distributing shields to the speakers, acknowledging their contributions to the seminar and the fight against diabetes in Pakistan.