KARACHI – Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in Pakistan as there are approximately 7.1 million diabetic patients in Pakistan, and it is projected to have 11.4 million diabetics and rank 10th in the world in 2030.
These views expressed by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) President Sir Michael Hirst.The speakers said approximately 88,000 people die annually in Pakistan due to diabetes out of which 35,615 were man and 52,397 women.
They said it is estimated that Pakistan would have a diabetic population of around 11.4 million people in 2030. They informed that Pakistan is one of the 10 countries in the world with the highest prevalence of diabetes and one the fastest increases in the number of diabetics.
President IDF Sir Michael Hirst pointed out that 1/8th of the worlds population would have diabetes or be at risk of developing diabetes by 2035. He said diabetes is an increasingly serious social, economic and medical threat faced by nations that must be a high priority of any developing countrys health policy as diabetes is not just a health issue, but a development issue (as it hinders progress).
The IDF, DAP and Sanofi Diabetes in collaborative initiative launched a KiDS project in Pakistan.