Speakers highlight the importance of education and healthy diet to control diabetes

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World Diabetes Day at SSIDE

Speakers highlight the importance of education
and healthy diet to control diabetes

KARACHI: Education is the cheapest and most effective treatment of diabetes. Increasing contact with fast food which are weapon of mass destruction should be discouraged. The major cause of diabetes is central obesity and we should fight it to prevent diabetes. This was stated by Dr. A. Samad Shera Secretary General of Diabetic Association of Pakistan. He was speaking at World Diabetes Day function organized by Sir Syed Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (SSIDE) in collaboration with Diabetic Association of Pakistan and Karachi Central Lions Club.


Prof. Zaman Shaikh, Prof. A. Samad Shera, Mr. Yogi Wajahat, Dr. Moin-ud-Din Sheikh, Sarwar
Hafeez, Faria Tofique, Dr. Zubaida and Junaid Munshi are seen in the picture taken
during Word Diabetes Day  function organized by Sir Syed Institute
of Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Continuing Dr. Samad Shera said that there were three hundred eighty two million diabetics in 2013 and by the year 2035 this figure will rise to five hundred ninety two million.  It is a time bomb which has already exploded. He emphasized on the proper usage and administration of insulin. Insulin injections should be taken at accurate timings that is before breakfast and dinner and the proper sites of injecting it are front of thighs and abdomen. He also highlighted importance of 6 Ps – Policy making, Physicians with paramedic staff, people with diabetes, public, press and electronic media and partnership in spreading more awareness of diabetes. He also said that certain risk factors are involved for diabetes which include being overweight, over the age of 40, diabetes in family and south Asian origin; having two or more risk factors could mean that the person is more prone to having diabetes at some stage of life.

Prof. M. Zaman Shaikh, Director of Sir Syed Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology, speaking at the occasion, said that14th November is selected as ‘World Diabetes Day’ throughout the World to celebrate the birth date of Fredrick Banting, who introduced insulin in 1922 and as a result was  awarded noble prize.  Obesity along with diabetes, Prof. Zaman Sheikh stated are two of the major epidemics of our society. ‘Diabetic foot is one of the major complications of Diabetes. He emphasized that patients with diabetes should take more care of their feet than their faces because the pain sensation in diabetic people is weak, so they are often unable to sense if any injury or infection is present there. Childhood obesity should never be taken lightly as it may be a predisposing factor for many diseases in the future. Parents should act as a role model for their children in order to prevent obesity. Central obesity, Prof. Zaman Sheikh stated is much more dangerous and these people are more prone to this disease. He highlighted some of the major complications of obesity which include type 2 diabetes, gall bladder disease, pulmonary disease, joint problems, heart attack, high blood pressure, gynecological disease and fatty liver disease.

Talking on the significance of lifestyle changes, Prof. Zaman Sheikh emphasized the need of doing daily physical exercise in the form of daily brisk morning walk for at least 30 minutes. Healthy breakfast must be taken to stabilize the metabolism of body. Fruits must be taken in raw form and not as juice. Fish is the best source of protein and be taken twice a week. Chicken is also healthy protein but must not be taken as broast. Dry fruits, especially almonds contain mono unsaturated fat and is good for health. He said that anxiety and tension make sugar out of control due to production of stress hormones in the body. White flour, sugar and salt are three white poisons which should be avoided by diabetics, Prof. Zaman sheikh further added. 

Mr. Yogi Wajahat talked about the significance of yoga in patients with diabetes. He informed that there are two types of yoga classical and non-classical. The one that is beneficial for diabetes patients is non-classical yoga. He suggested and demonstrated Apan mudhra, Kapal Bhatti, Mandac position and sound watching for 20 minutes and said that these can be of great importance in controlling diabetes. He also gave emphasis on exercising in order to avoid diabetes as it is also a causative factor for diabetes. Dr. Moin-ud-Din Sheikh, Chairman of Sir Syed College of Medical Science, Miss Rabbiya Tirmizi and Faria Tofique also spoke briefly. Facility of Free blood sugar, blood pressure and obesity tests were also provided at the occasion.