Food: WHO seeks measures to check diabetes in southeast Asian countries

(From BD News 24)

Ahead of the World Health Day, the WHO South-East Asia Regional office warned the member countries, including Bangladesh, that diabetes has reached “epidemic” proportions and is expected to further increase in coming years.

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Sedentary lifestyles coupled with sugary, salty and fatty diets rich in refined carbohydrates are causing diabetes.

“Diabetes rarely makes headlines, and yet it will be the world’s seventh largest killer by 2030 unless intense and focused efforts are made by governments, communities and individuals,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director, WHO South-East Asia, in a statement.

World Health Day is celebrated on Apr 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health.

State minister for health Zahid Maleque at a press briefing on Wednesday said Bangladesh had also taken elaborate programmes that include awareness campaign, seminar, and discussions to observe the day.

The WHO said diabetes is of particular concern in the region as more than one out of every four of the 3.7 million diabetes-related deaths globally occur in the region. Read More

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