The growing number of individuals affected by diabetes has unveiled a concerning trend that this novel disease is a leading factor behind premature deaths in Pakistan.
This alarming revelation was made at a seminar organized by the Institute of Public Health (IPH) on World Diabetes Day. During the event, experts highlighted the risks associated with diabetes, leading to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, renal failure, and blindness.
The primary objective of the seminar was to increase public awareness and foster collaborative initiatives among healthcare professionals to address the mounting health crisis.
Dr. Mehreen Farooqi addressing the gathering, revealed that a substantial 35% of premature deaths in Pakistan can be attributed to this disease. She emphasized the critical importance of regular blood screenings, particularly for individuals above 35, to facilitate early detection and the implementation of preventive measures against disease.
In the meantime, IPH Dean Professor Dr. Zarfashan Tahir shed light on the fact that a staggering 32 million Pakistanis are fighting with high blood sugar, a condition that significantly predisposes individuals to other life-threatening disease.
The seminar highlighted the vital role of daily exercise in mitigating the risks of diabetes. Dr. Shafa Ali explained that a modest practice of taking 500 steps daily can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Event concluded with a symbolic walk, featuring the participation of the Dean, faculty members, doctors, and students.
Additionally, a nutrition camp was organized, offering complimentary sugar tests, blood pressure checks, and weight assessments. This initiative provided practical insights into the prevention, management, and essential measures for addressing diabetes.
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