Diabetologists and members of their supporting staff placed at the SIUT (Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation) observed the World Diabetes Day. A large number of people thronged the Institute to avail the screening facilities and obtain guidance about the management of Diabetes as an ailment. The medical experts gave a detailed presentation about the prevalence of Diabetes in Pakistan as well as at the global level.
Experts disclosed that Diabetes is rising globally. Quoting the figures of International Diabetes Federation, they said currently there are 415 million people suffering with diabetes worldwide, this constitutes to 10.7% of the adult population while this figure is expected to rise to 642 million, or 11.1% by 2040 if no interventions are made. Of these, 14.4 million are undiagnosed.
Discussing the presence of ailment in Pakistan they said the country is also facing a grim future. There are currently 10 million diabetics in Pakistan and if measures are not taken to redress the situation, the figure is projected to rise to approximately 14.4 million by 2040. The medical specialists said women in the country are at a greater disadvantage position. They said there is a very small percentage of educated and economically independent women, making them susceptible to disadvantages especially to health care.
Pointing out the contributing factors they said consanguineous marriages multiply diseases, more so diabetes. The world figures show over 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide. Women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition. Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations. Keeping all these facts in view, this year 2017 has been projected in the World Diabetes Day as a year for women.
The Theme of the day is, “Women and Diabetes, Our right to a healthy future”. Stressing the need of educating the public at large about the preventive measures, they said, was the objective to observe the day.