Pakistan has seven million diabetic patients

November 15th, 2011 - 8:36 am ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, Nov 15 (IANS) Pakistan ranks seventh in the world in terms of diabetes prevalence rate and some 7.1 million people in the country suffer from the disease.

Annually, 89,000 people die of diabetes in Pakistan and the number of diabetes patients in the country could hit 11.5 million by 2025, Xinhua reported quoting The News Monday.

This would make Pakistan the world’s fifth largest country in terms of its number of diabetes patients 14 years later, the daily said quoting a report by the World International Diabetes Federation.

The average age of diabetes patients in Pakistan is one of the lowest in the world, said the report.

Nov 14 was the World Diabetes Day.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the day draws attention to the need of preventive measures. “Diabetes is a killer, taking the life of one person out of every 800.”

Related Stories

    Posted in Uncategorized |