World Health Day "Beating Diabetes"

Thursday, 07 April 2016 16:41 ourkirtipur

The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity, WHO announced ahead of World Health Day.

WHO is marking its annual World Health Day (7 April), which celebrates the Organization’s founding in 1948, by issuing a call for action on diabetes. In its first “Global report on diabetes”, WHO highlights the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease.

Among the key findings from the “Global report on diabetes” are:

The Nepal Diabetes Association (NDA) had reported a year back that among people aged 20 years and older living in urban areas, 15% are affected by this disease.

Among people aged 40 years and older in urban areas, this number climbed to 19%. Nepal is also facing the consequences of urban lifestyle leading to obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Studies have shown prevalence of overweight and obesity in certain sections of the population to be as high as 32.9% and 7.2%, respectively . This calls for a need for proper prevention and treatment mechanisms in the Nepalese health system.

Identification of diabetes and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) into the policies and translated into actions for example, health promotion programmes are pressing need for Nepal with transition in the nutritional and lifestyles choices.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 April 2016 17:20 )