LARKANA  - A awareness walk was organised here on Wednesday by the Department of Medicine of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBBMU), Larkana in collaboration with Pakistan Society of Diabetes (PSD), Larkana chapter, in connection with the World Diabetes Day. 

The day is observed every year to raise awareness among the masses about issues relating to Diabetes. 

The walk started from main gate of the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMC), and after passing through all important thoroughfares of the city, concluded in-front of Chandka Medical College (CMC) Larkana. The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with statements meant to create awareness about the disease. 

The walk was led by the Head of the Medicine Department of SMBBMU Larkana and Chairman PSD Larkana chapter Professor Hakim Ali Abro, Principal CMC Larkana Professor Sher Muhammad Shaikh, Professor Dr. Habib-ur-Rehman Qadri, Professor Aftab Hussain Shah and Dr. Azizullah Jalbani. 

While the walk was largely participated by the Professors, Doctors, notables, social workers, students, teachers, para-medical staff and others. 

The theme of the World Diabetes Day (WDD) is "Eyes on Diabetes". 

Meanwhile, the speakers have said that simple lifestyle measures are very effective in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes which can help control weight and lower blood sugar level. 

Addressing the participants of the walk, at CMC Larkana, they said that studies have shown that just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week, is enough to promote good health and reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. They said a healthy diet like eating between three and five servings of fruit and vegetables a day and eating less sugar and saturated fats has been proved to be important in maintaining appropriate  eight, and therefore a lower risk of type-2 diabetes. 

They said people with diabetes are at greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease than people without the condition. They added smoking increases the risk of such diseases so diabetes patients should avoid smoking to prevent from medical complications. They said over half of all cases of type 2 diabetes could be avoided if excessive weight gain in adults could be prevented. 

They said everyone should make sure that what will be the desirable body weight and should set small, achievable and realistic short-term targets.  

They added people need proper meal planning and a strong will and desire  

to achieve the targets through regular physical exercise. 

They said even a person with diabetes can lead a normal healthy life, if his or her diabetes is well under control and this can be achieved by closely following the advice of the doctor, balancing the diet, medication and exercise, reducing stress and having a positive outlook to life. They said type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed by proper diet which is low fat and high fiber foods, avoidance of excessive weight gain, regular physical exercise, and avoidance of aggravating factors such as smoking and stressful lifestyle.  

They added unnecessary worry can lead to earlier development of Diabetes  

as well as several other diseases like heart disease. 

Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Larkana Division Inamullah Dharejo said that "encouraging good habits" is a lifelong process which needs to start from early age.  

The public must however also play their parts by knowing the risk  

factors, leading healthy lifestyles and encouraging others to do so as well. Together, we can promote healthy communities and protect the future generations of Pakistan,he said. 

While speaking on the occasion Chairman Diabetic Committee Professor  

Hakim Ali Abro said that at Present 285 Million of people are diabetic patients in the world, besides 8 million people are diabetic Patients in our country (Pakistan), which will increased up to year 2030 by 15 Million diabetic patients, there is urgent need to take precautionary measures with the consultation of the concerned Doctors, so that the disease may be controlled in a proper way.