Experts are warning that high levels of diabetes among the youth, particularly those between 13 and 15 years of age, could be indicative of a potential public health crisis.
Diabetes is fairly common among older and aged adults and is often more detectable around the 4os than in the 30s. However, the disease is becoming common among teenagers as young as 13, which is a worrying sign for the country’s already beleaguered healthcare situation.
Addressing a press briefing that was held after a diabetes screening camp at the Karachi Press Club (KPC), diabetologist Dr. Nadeem Naeem said,
We are extremely depressed to see teenagers as young as 13 to 15 years of age developing Type 2 diabetes in Pakistan. Girls are more prone to developing Type 2 diabetes as compared to boys in Pakistan, but we are seeing an increasing number of teenagers coming up with Type 2 diabetes in the country.
He also explained that if the nation wants to defuse the ticking time bomb of diabetes and its associated diseases, it must make swift changes in its nutrition plans.
Regarding fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, the diabetologist remarked that fasting is very good for people going through pre-diabetic conditions or those who have been diagnosed with the disease.
He also advised that “if their sugar level drops below 70, they should break their fast, and if their sugar level is above 300, they should also break their fast. Testing sugar and getting insulin are permissible while fasting”.