Diabetes afflicts around two million in Sri Lanka
About two million people suffer from diabetes in Sri Lanka. It has
been observed that diabetes patients are on the increase in the urban
areas than the rural areas. Therefore it is clear that the disease
affects all, irrespective of age, gender, including pregnant women and
the younger generation.
-Cause for concern-
*Diabetes patients on the rise in urban areas.
*Nearly 3.8 m die annually of
*Seven million patients
Professor of Pharmacology attached to the Medical Faculty of Colombo
University, Dr. Kusum Abrew expressed her concern about mal-function of
vital organs such as heart, eyes and kidneys leading to coronary
disease, vision impairness and paralysis due to this disease.
Children Hospital Specialist Dr. Pujitha Wickramasinghe reiterated
that this disease is incurable but controllable when proper treatment is
taken. “You could prevent this disease by maintaining the weight of the
body in preparation to your height, curtailing consumption of sugar and
oily food and engaging in proper exercise and avoiding stress.
Grain-food, vegetables, fruit and food containing fibre should be
essentially included in the meals,” he said.
It has been indicated that the Diabetes parents are in rapid increase
in the world, Sri Lanka Diabetes Association strives very hard to battle
the disease in Sri Lanka.
The World Diabetes Day is to be commemorated on November 14 under the
theme ‘Awareness and Prevention of Diabetes,’ a media release from the
Information Department states.
Statistical report of Sri Lanka Diabetes Association indicates that
about 275 million people suffer from this disease in the world. Sri
Lanka Diabetes Association Secretary Dr. Mahen Wijesuriya told at a
media conference at the National Diabetes Centre, that annually 3.8
million people die of this disease in the world and seven million new
patents are being diagnosed.