Diabetes is a chronic health condition, which affects how the food we consume is converted into energy for our body. The food is usually broken down into sugar (glucose), released in the bloodstream. The most crucial factor is the ratio of insulin levels in one’s body depending on age and metabolism. Recently diabetes cases in Pakistan have been increasing day by day.
This is a severe health issue, which is increasing day by day. Around 33 million adults in Pakistan live with Diabetes, and the increase is reported to be 70% in the last two years.
According to the International Diabetic Federation (IDF), Diabetes will be responsible for more than 400,000 death in Pakistan. This number is higher than any other country in this region, mainly because more than 26.7 people live with the disease. This makes Pakistan the third-highest country in the world for diabetic patients.
The Insulin Shot
“The rapidly rising level of diabetes in Pakistan presents a significant challenge to the health and well-being of individuals and families in the country,” says Abdul Basit, the director of Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology.
He further said that this year marks 100 years since the discovery of Insulin. In Diabetes, there are two scenarios. The level of Insulin increases, and the person has to eat sugar and juices to bring that back to normal. Whereas, in the other situation, the stories on Insulin decreases, and the person has to get an insulin shot to get it back to normal.
People living with Diabetes live a tough life, and more so because there is no proper medicine for this disease. Because Insulin shots are very expensive, there are people out there who cannot afford it. According to a survery, one in every two people cannot afford insulin shots.
“We must do more to provide affordable and uninterrupted access to diabetes care for all in Pakistan and around the world. Joint efforts are needed to improve the lives of people with diabetes and prevent the condition in those at high risk of developing it,” added Basit.
But what can we do? The government, we think, needs to start implementing policies to help with the increasing rate of Diabetes in Pakistan.