Healthy lifestyle key for effective management of diabetes

KARACHI: Ziauddin University joined the national and international efforts to raise awareness of diabetes by promoting healthy lifestyles and effective management of diabetes The Research Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ziauddin University organized a symposium on “Healthy Living and Diabetes Awareness” in connection of World Diabetes Day.

The symposium focused on promoting healthy lifestyles and effective management of diabetes. According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF), one in two people with diabetes do not know they have it. The President of IDF and Secretary General Diabetes Association of Pakistan Dr Samad Shera highlighted the risk factors that contribute to diabetes. “If you are overweight, over 40 years old, have diabetes in your family or belong to South Asian origin you can be at risk of diabetes,” said Dr. Shera. “Having two or more factors means you should get your blood sugar tested right away,” he added.

Dr Shera discussed the different types of diabetes, their treatment, management, timing and procedure of taking insulin and how to store it with and without refrigerators. “We are going upside down in diabetes management. Controlling diabetes is not only about restricting your sugar level it’s about comprehensive management of BP, exercise, insulin, dialysis and sulfonylurea”.

He emphasized particularly on healthy diet and exercise to improve insulin sensitivity and increase HDL cholesterol. Presenting a formula for healthy balanced diet, he said “normal diet minus sugar.

Vice Chancellor, Ziauddin University, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim applauded Dr. Samad Shera for his enlightening speech and stressed on lifestyle modification for healthy living. Reminding students of their roles in raising awareness he said “You have the responsibility to create awareness among your family, friends and neighbors and help them manage their diabetes.”

Dean, Post Graduate Clinical (ZU) Dr Ejaz Vohra who explained the correlation between diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. “Diabetes plus Hypertension is a mortal combination. About 60 percent diabetes patients tend to develop hypertension while 18 percent of patients with hypertension develop diabetes later,” he said. Dr Mahvesh said approximately 44 percent dialysis patients in developed world are diabetic.

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