World Diabetes Day observed 

World Diabetes Day observed 
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Islamabad (Web Desk): World Diabetes Day is being observed across the globe including Pakistan today (Tuesday).

The theme for the day this year is 'Access to Diabetes Care'

This topic highlights the importance of accurate information and equitable access to necessary care to ensure timely treatment and management.

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, various programs were organized across the world with reference to diabetes awareness organized by government and non-government organizations.

According to reports, diabetes is spreading rapidly in Pakistan.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report says that 30.8% of Pakistan's population is affected by diabetes. Kuwait ranks second with 24.9 percent of diabetics.

However, in terms of the number of patients, China has the highest number of 14 million people with diabetes. India is second with 0.7 patients and Pakistan is third with more than 0.3 million patients.

As per the health experts, diabetes is considered more dangerous than other diseases due to its complexity.

Health experts say that among the causes of diabetes obesity, smoking and lack of exercise are the main reasons.

"It is possible to get rid of diabetes only when people of all ages adopt precautionary measures and moderation in their daily life," the health experts suggested, adding that if the lifestyle is not changed, diabetes can become a very dangerous phenomenon.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. 
World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations (UN) Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225.

It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.