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Published: Tue, November 15, 2016
Health | By Constance Griffith

Conduct regular checks for diabetes prevention - Health Minister

Conduct regular checks for diabetes prevention - Health Minister

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder in which the blood sugar or the blood glucose level becomes too high, resulting in a number of negative symptoms that can affect your health in a drastic way.

During the event, the ministry also launched the second phase of the "Diabetes Circle of Care" initiative in collaboration with the Emirates Diabetes Society. The toolkit includes essential advice on reducing the risk of complications from diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy, with information across three important categories - Health & Wellbeing Food & Nutrition, Physical Activity.

Diabetic retinopathy which leads to blindness is the most common eye condition among diabetics. Type 2 diabetes is usually triggered by obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and unhealthy diets.

Data has shown the number of adults with the disease has risen by 1.5 million in the past ten years, with Global Positioning System now reporting 3.6 million patients aged 17 and older on their records.

Untreated diabetes is a risk factor for several deleterious health conditions, including kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and eye problems, notably diabetic retinopathy.

Hnetka said the CDA is encouraging more screening for Type 2 diabetes.

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Currently, over seven million people are living with diabetes in Pakistan while another seven million are on the verge of developing diabetes if no preventive measures are taken. On average, medical expenses for people with diabetes are $13,700 a year, and of that, $7,900 is directly attributed to the disease.

During National Diabetes Awareness Month, health professionals are trying to get the message out about a serious complication that often comes with the disease - diabetic foot ulcers, or DFUs. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body cannot secrete insulin.

If you or someone you know in suffering from diabetes, then there are a few questions that you must not miss asking your doctor, during your visits! "Following a proper routine and proper diet can save anyone from diabetes", he said. "Diabetes is a very expensive disease and the government should provide free health care facilities to the poor in order to bring down the burden", he said. As many as two million South Africans could be living with diabetes.

Dr. Tayyab was addressing a seminar organised by SIH to mark World Diabetes Day here on Monday.

So, act today - test to prevent complications of diabetes.

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