World Diabetes Day is observed on 14th November 2018.


World Diabetes Day is observed on 14th November 2018.

“The Family and Diabetes.” Is the theme for the World Diabetes Day for the year 2018 -2019.

By Mahmood Hussain 16th November 2018, article written for Baby First Pakistan website; Facebook:babyfirstpk, LinkedIn, twitter and other digital and social media.                                

The world diabetes is observed every year on 14th November and this awareness campaign last for at least a week  . Reason for celebrating is on this specific day because it is birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, he discovers the Insulin which is hormone in the year 1921 which is nearly approaching a century.

To study in depth and  detail please visit, This site will provide the tips on how you can get involved and work on creating awareness in regard to diabetes, how to manage it or how to live healthily to delay or avoid its incidence.

In the morning of 14th November 2018 I visited Patel Hospital located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi for my eye checkup and follow up with Dr. Hanif Chutney. He is  one of the leading ophthalmologist in the city. At the place located near the entrance of Patel Hospital there was excellent awareness and screening camp of diabetes was set up. The hospital dedicated team of doctors and paramedics team were providing necessary information. Staff were busy in checking the blood sugar level and blood pressure of the people who were registered at the diabetes awareness camp. They were also registering people, who visited the camp to record the data for evaluation and their contribution on World Diabetes Day. .

The theme chosen for the current two years. It is first time that is for the year 2018-19

“The Family and Diabetes” Purpose of this theme is to engage the entire family and create awareness in regards to the severity and speedy rise in diabetes cases worldwide.

Diabetes is also term as silent killer and mainly it is type two Diabetes.

This two-year theme was selected to align it in best possible way with the strategies of International Diabetes Federation (IDF). This awareness campaign will be observed to facilitate planning and develop promotional campaign which encourage the participant to carry on and spread the information in the community/

IDF develop campaign for current two years having following aim.

Increase awareness and to highlight the impact of diabetes will have within family network and within community.

Actively promote and highlight the role of the family through education in term of care, prevention and management of diabetes on long term and lifelong basis

More than 425 million people worldwide currently are living with Diabetes and mainly they are suffering from type 2 diabetes.

This can be preventable and to have Quality Of Life (QOL) by the following:

  • Perform and have regular physical activity
  • Eating healthy and well balance diet. Eat in 5-7 small meals.
  • Have healthy living style
  • Consume daily 6-8 glass of water
  • Have 7-8 hours of sleep per day.

Family members have vital role to play in preventing and delay in type 2 diabetes.

They all needed to have proper education, right environment and appropriate resources to remain fit and healthy in life.

Half of the adult population that is 1 in 2 persons are living with diabetes mainly with type 2. The real tragedy is they are undiagnosed.  It is important to have early diagnosis and treatment. This will prevent them from the later complication which arises due to individual suffering from diabetes. This effect the entire family, so it is very essential to be aware of the risk factor associated with diabetes which is characterized by increase blood glucose concentration level with in the blood.

As per report people living with diabetes have a higher risk of morbidity and mortality among the population.

Diabetes global prevalence trend since 1964 till to date

If we review the global trend and the prevalence of diabetes type 2 among adult, as reported by International Diabetic Federation (IDF). The report was accepted on 26 March 2017. It is available online since 31st March 2017. Which states there has been tremendous increase during last 3-4 decades such as.

  • In 1964 it is estimated worldwide 30 million people were suffering from Diabetes
  • While entering into the new century that is the year 2000 estimated diabetes population was 151 million.
  • WHO reported with in less than 4decade diabetes population globally surpass the figure 170 million.
  • 246 million reported in the year 2006.
  • 285 million in the year 2009.
  • Reached the figure of 382 million in the year 2013
  • During current year 425 million people having diabetes/

The above mentioned figures depict a dramatic increase in diabetes with in all countries. This increasing trend was observed in rural and as well as among urban populatio

Article written by Mahmood Hussain for Baby First Pakistan website, facebook, linkedin,, twitter

About Mahmood Hussain

Professional Experience More than 36 years work experience in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sectorDirector & General Manager Baby First (Pvt.) Ltd Pakistan March 2011 – till to date I have been associated with Baby First (Pvt) Ltd for more than 5 years. It is advisory, community and social interaction medium for parents 16-38 years and babies 0-6 years.General Manager Aga Khan Health Service Pakistasn December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)Based at Karachi Pakistan Worked as General Manager managing Karachi & Baluchistan Health care services of AKHSP which includes primary and secondary health care centers and diagnostic centers on all areas nearly 102 centers which include three leading hospitals in Karachi.General Manager Janssen Cilag (Johnson & Johnson) February 1998 – January 2005 (7 years)Education MBA, Marketing 1995 – 1996, Preston University MSc, Biochemistry 1970 – 1974, Karachi University

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  1. Good and eye opening article on Diabetes a global problem

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