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'Diabetes in urban people higher than rural population'.

LAHORE -- Diabetes on the rise in country as its rate of spread in adults is 25 percent in urban while 10 percent in rural people.

This was stated by Head of Diabetes Management Center of Services Hospital Prof. Khadija Irfan in an exclusive talk with reporter in connection with the World Diabetes Day.

She lamented that every fifth person was unaware about diabetes, however, after a person fell victim to this disease he should consult doctor for medical check-up.

Diabetes in women was spreading with a rate of two-third as compared to men, she added.

Prof. Khadija Irfan said that in 2000 Pakistan was ranked 6th in the world with 5.2 million patients of diabetes.

This sharp spread of diabetes in the country needs some immediate measures and public awareness to control the disease.

She was of the views that it had been observed that the rate of spread of diabetes in women was much higher than men in the country.

She said there were two types of diabetes, one is called type-I in which children and young people often become its victims while other kind of diabetes is type-II, which is due to obesity in aged people.

Commenting on the reason of sharp spread of diabetes in women, she said that mostly women had no opportunity to walk and exercise and often remained inside houses due to which the rate of prevalence of diabetes in women was observed 66 percent as compared to men.

She informed that sedentary lifestyle and obesity were the main reasons of vast spread of diabetes. People have less opportunity to walk as footpaths have been occupied by vendors, few and small parks are not sufficient to cater the huge rising population.

At least 30 minutes exercise daily might lead a healthy life to a diabetic, she added.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 15, 2018
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