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'One million Lahoris suffering from diabetes'

10 February, 2014

LAHORE: Over one million Lahoris are suffering from diabetes, Services Hospital Diabetes Management Centre head Prof Khadija Irfan Khawaja said in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

She said in 2000 Pakistan was ranked sixth with 5.2 million patients of diabetes in the world. The country will likely be ranked fifth in 2030 with 13.9 million diabetics. She said in the city number of diabetics were increasing at a ratio of ten percent. The professor said that the Diabetes Management Centre of Services Hospital recorded only 5,157 diabetics in 2002, which had reached 60,823 in 2013, and this figure was escalating rapidly and continuously.

The spread of diabetes in the country calls for immediate measures and public awareness was must to control it, she added. Prof Khadija said it had been observed that the ratio of diabetes in women was much higher than men in the country. Responding a question, she said women mostly did not have the opportunity to walk and exercise as they often remain in houses due to which the ratio of diabetes in women was two-thirds as compared to men.

Prof Khadija pointed out that diabetes was increasing in urban population with a ratio of 10 percent while its ratio in rural people was comparatively less. She said sedentary lifestyle and obesity were main reasons, while people did not avail the opportunity to walk and exercise. She noted that working two jobs was also a contributory factor, as people do not get time to walk and exercise. "At least 30 minutes' exercise daily is must for a diabetic to live a healthy life," she said.

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