Experts emphasize lifestyle changes for the prevention of diabetes.

Martin Dow Marker organised awareness sessions and diabetes screenings at South City Hospital Karachi, addressing the escalating diabetes prevalence in Pakistan, particularly among children. Healthcare professionals highlighted the significance of adopting a healthy lifestyle to prevent and manage diabetes.

Dr Zakir Alavi, a diabetes expert, discussed the role of dietary habits in the disease’s development, emphasising the impact of excessive sugar, oil, and contaminated item consumption. Dr Alavi revealed that approximately 26% of the Pakistani population, around 33 million people, are diabetic, underscoring the importance of preventive measures and regular tests for individuals above 35.

Dr. Imranul Haq, a diabetes specialist, expressed concern about the rapid spread of diabetes among children. He attributed this surge to the lack of physical activities, accentuated by the excessive use of electronic gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets. Dr. Haq emphasised the need to exercise regularly to manage and control diabetes.

The event underscored the importance of caution in consuming sugar, jaggery, and similar items. Attendees were advised to incorporate physical activities into their daily lives as a preventive measure against diabetes. As part of the initiative, free diabetic tests were offered to participants, promoting early detection and intervention.

The participants at the event appreciated the insights shared by the healthcare professionals and the provision of free diabetic tests that will raise awareness and encourage individuals to take proactive steps in managing their health.


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