Healthy diet can reduce diabetes risk: Tarar


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Ms Saira Afzal Tarar has said that maintaining normal body weight, engaging in regular physical activity and eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of diabetes.

In her World Health Day message, she said that simple lifestyle is effective in preventing or delaying diabetes.

She stressed the need for increasing awareness about the rising incidence of diabetes, its staggering burden and consequences in the country.

She said the World Health Day being observed with the theme “Beat Diabetes” is a stark reminder to trigger a wave of effective actions to tackle the disease.

The minister said Pakistan has seven million people affected with diabetes that makes it the 8th largest diabetic population in the world, said a press release.

There is an urgent need to create understanding amongst the population to prevent the disease and promote its treatment. All segments of the society need to play their role, adding, considering lifestyle changes are critical to prevent and manage the disease.

She highlighted that the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has a dedicated Non-Communicable Disease Cell with focus on Diabetes prevention and control. The Ministry is also undertaking steps to develop a National Action Plan for Diabetes Prevention and Control with focus on Diabetes awareness.

The Action Plan will focus on improvement of access of patients to diabetes treatment and education of health care professionals and patients. A task force on Diabetes will be formed which will consist of members from both Ministry alongwith key stakeholders from across the country to take these steps forward.

Diabetes is one of four priority Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) targeted by world leaders in the 2011 Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs and the SDGs 2016-2030.

The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 provides a road map and menu of policy options to attain nine voluntary global targets, including an additional target to hilt the rise in diabetes and obesity by 2025.

Source: APP

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