'Diabetes cases soar, 1-in-11 adults affected'



"We have seen an improvement in the number of in-country studies that support our estimates and projections, as we endeavour to inform the diabetes community and the wider public about the condition's prevalence around the world". Furthermore, the family, as a unit of society, has an imperial role in the management, education, care, and prevention of the disease.

Reading a prepare text on behalf of the Regional Director for Africa, WHO County Coordinator of the Montserrado County Health Team (MCHT), Sam J. Gebeh, II named Seychelles and South Africa as Countries that have enacted laws to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, which according to him will contribute to reduce consumption-in turn, preventing obesity and diabetes. For unknown reasons type 1 diabetes is also on the rise, it summarised.

Type 2 diabetes is often caused by poor diet, excess body weight and a lack of physical activity, which ultimately puts pressure on the body's ability to use insulin. "We must also ensure that every person with diabetes has affordable and uninterrupted access to the care they need".

Flu infection can cause changes in blood sugar and prevent people with diabetes from eating properly, which further affects blood glucose.

"We must do more to prevent Type 2 diabetes, diagnose all forms of diabetes early and prevent complications". People with type 1 diabetes produce very little or no insulin. Mostly, this kind of diabetes goes after childbirth. However, women with gestational diabetes are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. We find that patients respond much better to the words of a fellow patient with diabetes than from a doctor who does not have diabetes.

Nepal is one of the 6 countries of the IDF SEA region. 425 million people have diabetes in the world and 82 million people in the SEA Region; by 2045 this will rise to 151 million. There were 657.200 cases of diabetes in Nepal in 2017. More than 1.1 million children and adolescents younger than 20 years are living with type 1 diabetes, while three in every four people with diabetes (352 million) are of working age (20-64 years). Half of the people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease (primarily heart disease and stroke), and 10-20 percent of people with diabetes die of kidney failure.

Meanwhile, the IDF reports foresee that the number of adults with diabetes in Pakistan will exceed that in the US and will move to third place by 2045.

IDF estimates that approximately 4.2 million adults will die as a result of diabetes and its complications in 2019. The increasing prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan is a wake-up call.

Globally, an estimated 463 million adults are living with diabetes and there are 19 million in Africa alone. Besides the growth and aging of the world population in general, the global obesity epidemic has turned out to be a key factor for the rise of diabetes incidence together with the enormous progress of multifactorial cardiovascular risk management and successful revascularization therapy of people with diabetes also contributing to the expansion of the worldwide diabetes population.

China, India and the United States had the largest number of adults with diabetes and are expected to remain so in 2030, says the IDF.

On World Diabetes Day, former cricketer Wasim Akram has raised concerns about the alarming number of people who are diabetic in Pakistan and said the time to fight it is now.

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