World Diabetes Day was marked across the world on Nov. 14. On this occasion, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) released new estimates on the prevalence of diabetes around the world, including Pakistan.
As per the IDF estimated stats there are some 7.5 million people (20-79 years) are with diabetes in Pakistan which the Federation estimated would reach 16.1 million in the year 2045 placing the country on 8th position from the current 10th position among top 10 countries of the world with prevalence of diabetes.
However a fresh survey “Diabetes Prevalence Survey of Pakistan 2017” by Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, in collaboration with the Pakistan Endocrine Society (PES) and Institute of Public Health and Social Sciences, Khyber Medical College University, as well as the University of Manchester and University of Glasgow has come with shocking revelations.
The findings of the survey were shared with media by Prof AH Amir, consultant endocrinologist, Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, recently. According to this survey, the prevalence of diabetes in the country is 16.98 percent as 35.3 million people among the adult population are found diabetic in Pakistan.
Prof AH Amir also informed that for every known three diabetics there are another two undiagnosed diabetic and also another two pre-diabetic in Pakistan. He also said 35% of total population is overweight while every one in seven person is pre-diabetic.
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