Pakistan has the third highest number of people suffering from diabetes. The number of patients has risen by more than 14 million in the last two years, an international health body warned on Friday.

According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition, going to be released next month, Pakistan is home to 33m people with diabetes.

“Pakistan has surpassed the US in number of diabetics and now ranks third in the world in the prevalence of diabetes following China and India,” said Prof Abdul Basit, member of IDF Diabetes Atlas Committee, as reported by Dawn news.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), Prof Basit said that the official data would be released on November 14 and warned that the number of diabetics could double in a few years, as almost as many people were borderline for the condition.

The MoU was signed between the Health Research Advisory Board (HealthRAB) and a local pharmaceutical firm for the creation of a Diabetes Registry for people suffering from the disease.

Prof Basit said that in 2019, around 19.4 million people were diabetic in Pakistan, but the lack of physical activity during the Covid pandemic has increased that figure by almost 14 million. He added that Pakistan was now ahead of the US which had 32m diabetics in a population of 330 million.

Briefing about the diabetes registry, he said that cloud technology would be used to register the details of millions of diabetics.

“HealthRAB is now running seven registries of different diseases while around 7-8 registries are in the pipeline. International institutions like the World Health Organization (WHO) and Harvard University are following our models while Harvard University is going to implement our Changing Diabetes in Children (CDC) in 14 countries of the world,” Prof Basit added.

From : pk.mashable.com

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