14th Nov: World Diabetes Day was observed at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on November 14. A large turnout of people was witnessed who came to avail the free medical investigation and screening facilities offered by the Institute.
Observing World Diabetes Day and creating public awareness about the diseases is an annual feature of SIUT where important days concerning health issues are observed as a part of public education program.
Elaborate arrangements were made to carry out screening drive of the visitors in order to detect diabetes. It has been observed that many times the people did not know about the ailment.
Investigation and screening exercise which were carried out included weight, height, blood pressure and pulse measurements, blood collection and dietary advise. The slogan this year for the day was “Healthy Living and Diabetes”.
Medical experts available on the spot gave advisory service to the visitors as how to lead a healthy and a balanced life. They were told that healthy and balanced diet, low in fat, sugar and salt is of vital importance besides adopting physical activity daily for at least 30 minutes also helps them in leading a healthy life. They were also advised to lose weight if obese and to stay away from smoking and tobacco. According to a survey every fourth individual in Pakistan is either overweight or obese.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder whose incidence is registering a sharp rise in low income group countries including Pakistan. The prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan is estimated to be 7.1 million in the population.