Diabetic escalates among young in Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Friday, 05 November 2010, 14:32 GMT]
Diabetes is on the increase in Sri Lanka among young men and women and
among persons living in urban areas, according to Professor Chandrika
Wijeratne. She addressed a media briefing on Friday to mark the Global
Diabetes Walk 2010 at Sri Lanka Medical Association auditorium. She
further said that one in ten adults over twenty years of age and one in
five persons living in urban areas are affected by diabetes.
“Diabetes is no longer a disease affecting of the elderly persons. It
is on the increase among the younger population. Sedentary lifestyle,
lack of exercise; unhealthy dietary habits and being overweight are
few of the modifiable risk factors for diabetes,” Professor Wijeratne said.
“The hazard of
diabetes is many. It has become a leading cause of renal failure, loss
of vision, loss of limbs and coronary heart diseases. Women are the
mostly affected group by diabetics all over the world as well as Sri
Lanka, she further said.
The Colombo University Diabetes Research Unit has organized Diabetes
walk 2010 to be held on November 14 to commemorate International
Diabetes day, Endocrinologist Dr Prasad Katulanda said.
The walk will commence from Independence Square and end at the BMICH.
A mini exhibition will be held at the BMICH, he added.