World Diabetes Day 2016 observed

Kathmandu, November 14

World Diabetes Day 2016 was observed in the Valley today at various hospitals with the theme ‘Eyes on Diabetes’.

This year, more emphasis has been placed on early detection and treatment of diabetes to reduce the risk of serious complications.

To mark the event, some hospitals provided free screening for diabetes, while the others participated in rallies organised to raise awareness of the disease among the general public.

Speaking at a rally organised by Metro Kathmandu Hospital, endocrinologist Dr Jyoti Bhattrai stated, “Diabetes in our country is a source of dire concern as it has been increasing rapidly. More than 20 per cent of the population above 40 years have been diagnosed with the condition.”

She further added that although it was apparent that most Nepali people suffer from diabetes due to their genetic disposition, there are still a great many who have developed the disease due to unhealthy choices in lifestyle and the effects urbanisation.

According to a World Health Organisation report, nine per cent of the total population in Nepal are diabetic; out of which 15 per cent belong to urban areas.

Dr Bhattarai stressed, “ Age is no longer a factor, as even children as young as one year to 16 years of age can develop diabetes. Therefore, regular medical examinations and a healthy lifestyle are the keys.”