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Friday, December 3, 2021

DIABETES SILENT KILLER, PUBLIC AWARENESS NEEDED

Lahore:
Post Graduate Medical Institute/Ameer Uddin Medical College Principal Prof. Dr.Sardar Mohammad Al-freed Zafar has said that diabetes is a rapidly spreading disease in the world and it would not be wrong to call it a silent killer. It can lead to illnesses and, surprisingly, 26 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are unaware of the disease, he added. Prof. Al-freed further said that diabetes is the root cause of many other problems and it would be more appropriate to control diabetes by adopting proper diet. He expressed these views while talking to the participants and journalists of an awareness walk on diabetes prevention organized by Lahore General Hospital Medical Unit 3 under the supervision of Prof. Tahir Siddique in which Prof. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab, Prof. M. Moin, Prof. Mian Haneef, Prof. Hafeem Afzal, MS Dr. Amir Ghafoor Mufti, Dr. M. Maqsood, Dr. Maryam Khalid, Dr. Salman Shakeel, Dr. Rana Azhar and other senior doctors were also present.
Talking to the media, Prof. Al-freed Zafar said that the youngsters should come forward to raise public awareness about diabetes prevention and timely diagnosis at the national level as Pakistan ranks third in the world in terms of diabetes patients. He said that campaigns for prevention of diseases play an effective role in spreading awareness among the masses through social media about precautionary measures to protect people from this disease. He added that insulin was discovered 100 years ago which reduced mortality weight however, the dramatic increase in the number of patients is worrisome due to the fact that people do not pay attention to the treatment despite knowing the debates. It is noteworthy that the citizens are buying diseases themselves by spending money on cheap and junk food items. He appealed to the citizens can stay safe by changing their lifestyle, eating healthy and walking normally and regularly and avoiding high blood pressure and heart disease and high cholesterol. He suggested that use the stairs instead of the elevator, eat on an empty stomach and avoid quacks can also help to stay away from diabetes. Prof. Zafar added that the slogan that diet is better than cure must be popularized. He asked to doctors to provide counseling to citizens as well as medical treatment which can play an important role to control diabetes ratio in the society.
Talking about the symptoms of diabetes Prof. Tahir Siddique, Prof. Ghias-un-Nabi Tayyab and other medical experts said that weight loss, feeling weak and hungry, feeling tired all the time, mood swings, irritability, blurred vision, delayed healing of wounds or scratches, tingling in the legs and excessive urination, complaints of Alzheimer’s are common symptoms of the disease which should be treated immediately by a qualified physician. They added thatit is necessary to change the daily routine of life especially eating and drinking habits, to take physical exertion and avoid to overeat by sit in at one place and to stop exercising is tantamount to inviting blood sugar itself. They called uponthat the “lifestyle” should be changed and daily life should be lived with precautionary measures. They pointed out that it is in to our own efforts to avoid blood sugar and for this purpose diet charts are commonly available which can lead to better life.

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