Experts advise diabetic patients to adopt preventive measures

Health experts on Monday advised diabetic patients to adopt preventive measures to avoid serious health hazards including amputation of limbs posed by diabetes, as treatment is costly.

Talking to APP the experts said that number of persons suffering from Diabetes mellitus was increasing rapidly in country.

Executive Director Polyclinic Dr Zahid stressed on prevention or possible delay in dibetese with rigorous lifestyle intervention or drug therapy, 30 minutes daily exercise, at least 2 monthly dietary advice and early treatment for cholesterol and by controlling Blood Pressure.

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He said “patients with diabetes were at very high risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and peripheral vascular diseases. They are at more risk of heart attack and heart failure than normal persons.”

Dr Zahid was of the view that in serious complication due to diabetes patients commonly left with no option but surgery that was costly and risky

He stressed on the need to adopt healthy lifestyle and prevention measures for living a better life. Replying to a querry about the symptoms of diabetes, he said that need to urinate several times, feeling severe thirst, reducing weight and fatigue and weakness are important symptoms of this deadly disease.

He said, “Taking balanced diet, regular exercise, weight control, regular medication and proper test of blood glucose level are a few essential factors that could help to control diabetes and avoid complications.”

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Dr Ahmad Khawaja consultant Endocriniologist and incharge diabetic clinic of polyclinic said that diabetes prevention was more important than treatment.

He said, “diabetic patients should strictly check their lifestyle and dietary habits to avoid serious complications including limbs amputation. They need to pay close daily attention to foot health especially when there is significantly diminished blood flow and nerve damage (neuropathy).”

He added, “such complications did not occur very early but with the passage of time could pose serious threat to patient’s life”

Dr Ahmad said that diabetes was increasing at an alarming rate in Pakistan. Estimated figures showed that the number would increase from 7.1 million to 11.4 million, ranking Pakistan 10th in the world by 2030, he added, “Twelve percent of adults above the age of 25 suffer from this condition; 10 percent of them have an Impaired Glucose

Tolerance (IGT).”

Dr Iftikhar Malik said that every 10 seconds, two people were diagnosed with diabetes, and one person died of diabetes related causes.

Malik said, “seven million people become victim of diabetes every year around the globe and 70,000 children suffer from type-1 diabetes every year. Diabetes could badly affect eyes, brain, heart, kidneys and legs. It was one of the major causes of blindness and kidney failure.”

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