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‘diabetes Kills 82,000 Women Annually In Pakistan’

KARACHI: Eminent diabetologist Prof Dr Zaman Shaikh has said that an estimated 82,000 women die of diabetes and its related complications in Pakistan every year and the death ratio in females is higher than males in the country. In a statement issued on Saturday, Prof Zaman Shaikh, while quoting the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), said the number of patients with diabetes in Pakistan was seven million, which would rise to 14.4 million by 2040 if not controlled. “Poor socio-economic conditions in developing countries like Pakistan, women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective treatment and care,” he said. “Although prevalence ratio of diabetes is almost equal in women and men but around 82,000 women die of diabetic-related complications in Pakistan each year, while 36,000 men die of diabetes in the country,” he added. Diabetes potentially affects almost every organ in your body and disease silently damages major organs like eye, kidney, foot and others if not controlled properly, he added. “At present, there are 199 million women with diabetes in worldwide and this number will rise to staggering figure of 313 million by the year 2040.” “ Continue reading >>

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  1. hanadr

    I keep reading about how dangerous a hypo is, and I've dealth with many with T1 husband, but I cannot find any figures on how often someone actually dies from this.

  2. sugarless sue

    Some research estimates that between four and 13 percent of the deaths of people with type I diabetes are the result of hypoglycemic events. "What's worrisome about these deaths is that they are due to the treatment," says Philip Cryer, MD, FACP president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
    One especially frightening possibility for people on insulin that may be the result of severe hypoglycemia is what the journal Diabetic Medicine referred to in 1991 as "dead in bed syndrome." Victims of the syndrome are found dead in an undisturbed bed, observed to have been in good health the day before and are free from evidence of late diabetes complications.
    As is the case with accidents, it is very hard to determine if these deaths are the result of hypoglycemia. Researchers in the U.K. note, however, that the timings of the deaths and other circumstantial evidence suggests that hypoglycemia or a hypoglycemic event is responsible.
    There are major problems with diagnosing hypoglycemia after death (see page 18). Cryer explains that testing the blood sugar of someone found dead after an accident or mysterious death that appears to be the result of hypoglycemia "is of zero value." He explains that the body will continue to process glucose for some time after death. As a result, the BG of a person after death will most likely not be an accurate reflection of their BG prior to death.
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  3. hanadr

    I found the "dead in bed" stuff, but I still haven't got any confirmed figures.
    As an aside, My friend's 27 year old son died suddnly one Sunday morning , after going back to bed from the bathroom. He didn't have diabetes, but a rare thing called Barter's syndrome, which is an error of potassium control.
    It was devastating. He was such a delightful young man.

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