15 Nov 2017
Writer: Azizullah Popal

Over 100,000 Afghans Affected by Diabetes

Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that over 100,000 Afghans suffer from diabetes in the country.
Officials in the ministry celebrated the world day of combating diabetes in order to raise public awareness on prevention of the disease.
Diabetes is a life-long condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. Type 1 diabetes is the type of diabetes that is genetic, the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is where the body doesn't produce enough insulin or the body's cells don't react to insulin, this can be due to excessive weight gain and not enough exercise.

Officials in the ministry said that there are treatment centres for curing the diseases in hospitals in Kabul and a number of provinces.

World Diabetes Day has been running annually on Tuesday, November 14 since 1991, it began in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by the illness. Having a chronic illness doesn’t mean I can’t have a life. In 2006 World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day, and the campaign reaches a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries.


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