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Obesity on the rise in Pakistan

12 December, 2013

KARACHI: Obesity is an emerging challenge and a serious health problem worldwide; it is associated with many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and certain cancers.

The effective use of the indigenous knowledge and resources is need of the time for the betterment of humanity. Diabetes mellitus affects over 170 million people worldwide. Studies have highlighted the benefits of using some foods, including green tea, for diabetic patients.

These views were expressed by national and international scientists, while speaking on Wednesday at the third day of the 4-day 14th Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants, Spices and Other Natural Products (ASOMPS) being held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi.

Around 600 national and foreign scientists and researchers are participating in the symposium. Director ICCBS-Karachi University Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary said that Pakistan was one of those countries where obesity and diabetes are increasing at alarming rate.

He pointed out that rapid decline in research and development on new antibiotics coincides with increasing frequency of infections caused by multi-drug-resistant pathogens. S. Aureus is the most common bacterial pathogen, which cause skin, soft-tissue and endovascular infections as will a pneumonia, septic arthritis etc., he added.

Prof. Dr Bina Siddiqui of ICCBS-Karachi University said that natural products represent the richest source of diverse chemical structure and the history of their discovery shows how their discovery brought about a revolutionary development in their chemistry as well as in biology and therapy. She said that nature has bestowed humankind with enormous natural resources including but not limited to plants.

Dr Nessar Ahmed of UK said that Diabetes mellitus affected over 170 million people worldwide. He said that recent studies had opened up the prospect of reversing type-2 diabetes mellitus by modification of our dies by reducing calorie intake. Dr Fatima Z. Basha of ICCBS-KU said that diabetes was a severe chronic metabolic disorder. According to statistics of 2012 of WHO, the number of cases of teyupe-2 diabetes worldwide has more than 10 times increased (300 millions) in the last 25 years.

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