Diabetes cases on the rise in Pakistan


KARACHI: Renowned experts said on Monday that prevalence of diabetes is high in Pakistan and according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Pakistan is ranked 7th in the world with a prevalence rate of 6.8%.

They said type 2 diabetes is the more common and occurs in adults. Type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes usually develops in children and teenagers, although it can develop at any age. That is why it is sometimes referred to as “juvenile” diabetes.

In Pakistan, there is a dearth of awareness and focus on Type 1 diabetes. To address this gap, National Institute of Child Health (NICH) teamed up with Sanofi Pakistan to promote the better understanding and management of Type 1 diabetes in the paediatric population of Pakistan. A three-day “1st International Workshop on Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes” was organized in Karachi from July 24 to 26. It was attended by over 50 doctors from across Pakistan.

Eminent scientific experts were invited from Australia, USA, Japan, and Thailand to conduct the workshop, thereby imparting the benefit of their training, knowledge and experience to doctors in Pakistan. The workshop included a range of topics focusing on Type 1 diabetes, its management, risks and complications, (diabetes) management in a school setting etc.

Sanofi (in its various incarnations) has led the field in diabetes research and development for almost a century; from the first manufacture of insulin through to current-day development of insulins and oral therapies. Sanofi collaborates closely with healthcare organizations to improve the lives of people with diabetes through better management of their condition.

The “1st international workshop on Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes” has honed the expertise of local doctors, better equipping them in managing children with Type 1 diabetes.