Lifestyle intervention eases battle with diabetes

Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in Southeast Asia with a population exceeding 180 million. Today, diabetes prevalence in Pakistan is estimated to be 6.8%.1 In 2010, a World Bank report warned that Pakistan is facing a health crisis, with rising rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease obesity and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). According to the report, NCDs account for 59% of the total disease burden in Pakistan.2 The rising prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan is eclipsed only by the 88,000 annual deaths attributed to complications of diabetes. By 2035, it is estimated that 12.8 million people will be living with diabetes in Pakistan.