82,000 women die from diabetes annually in Pakistan

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KARACHI: Eminent healthcare specialist Professor Dr Zaman Sheikh revealed on Saturday that an estimated 82,000 women die from diabetes and its related complications in Pakistan every year and death ratio in the female is higher than male in the country.

Talking to PPI, Professor Zaman Sheikh said that according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), currently, the number of patients with diabetes in Pakistan is 7 million, which will rise to 14.4 million in the year 2040 if not controlled. He added that poor socio-economic conditions in developing countries like Pakistan, women with diabetes experience barriers in accessing cost-effective treatment and care.

“Although prevalence ratio of diabetes is almost equal in women and men, around 82,000 women die from diabetes-related complications in Pakistan each year while 36,000 men die from diabetes in the country,” he added.

 

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