Diabetes: One of the Leading Causes of Death

World Health Day was celebrated under the theme of “Lets Beat Diabetes” in an event collaboratively organized by World Health Organization and Health Department at Conference Hall of DG Health Office, Quetta where WHO team, Department of Health, along with notables and high ups from Line departments, Civil Society, NGOs and INGOs participated.
DGHS Dr Masood Nosherwani shed light on the sign and symptoms, situation and prevention regionally and globally as well as put awareness towards steps to protect health from Diabetes. He appreciated the role of WHO professional team for timely responding and highlighting the public health events.
To widen the knowledge about Diabetes and its all affects; Professor Irshad Khoso took a comprehensive session on Diabetes with the help of a presentation. Dr Dawood Riaz displayed Video message and RD message to share the WHO view with all and shared that in 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths, with more than 80% of these deaths occurring in low-and-middle-income countries.
WHO projects that diabetes will be the seventh leading cause of death by 2030. The overall risk of dying among people with diabetes is at least double that of their peers without diabetes. Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, which are responsible for 50–80% of deaths in people with diabetes. Diabetes is also a leading cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure.
Diabetes is a pandemic that remains hidden throughout most of the world, with up to half of all people with diabetes globally remaining undiagnosed. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 14% of the population has diabetes. It was decided by DGHS and WHO in this year awareness session among community will be carried out regarding Diabetes.
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