Using Tech for Individualised Treatment

Within the population of India, 11.4% are affected by diabetes and an additional 15.3% have pre-diabetes, as shown by the study titled “Metabolic non-communicable disease health report of India: the ICMR-INDIAB national cross-sectional study (ICMR-INDIAB-17)”. This requires urgent action through comprehensive strategies. Use of technology in addressing the burden of metabolic conditions and its use […]

From Sana’s Desk – Glucometer Bans

It may come as a surprise to many that visitors are prohibited from bringing glucometers into embassies in Pakistan. Similar situations may exist in other countries where security concerns lead to blanket bans on items necessary for managing diabetes during visa interviews. In Pakistan, individuals are required to leave their glucometers at home or in […]

Nutrition and NCDs

An article in the Times of India covers the role of nutrition in managing chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease and offers a list of 10 suggestions to reduce the risk of such Non-Communicable Diseases. Advocacy Action: Can you use any of the ten suggestions in the article below to example how diabetes […]

India Schools and Insulin

The Uttar Pradesh state government has recently decided to allow school students with Type 1 diabetes to carry insulin to classrooms. Although there are no rules to ban students carrying insulin, there were none in place to allow it. The intention is to ensure all schools are aware of the need for students with diabetes […]

Diabetes Risk of Peripheral Neuropathy

Over 6,000 healthcare professionals from across Asia, Africa and the Middle East were brought together at a ‘Demystifying Neuropathy Forum’ organised by P & G Health. The online event saw presentations on the latest clinical guidance and research findings on screening and management of Peripheral Neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is a chronic clinical condition, wherein […]

Is a Sugar Tax Enough?

In a comment piece in the Malaysian ‘Sun Daily’ newspaper, Singapore based technical writer Joachim Ng asks whether a sugar tax is enough. “The effectiveness of this higher tax on drinks in curbing sugar consumption depends on whether it is part of a comprehensive public prevention strategy that includes other regulatory measures.” You can read […]

Curbing Ultra-Processed Food

Health experts in Pakistan have called for policy measures, including increased taxes, to curb the use of ultra-processed food and sugary drinks, citing the example of Saudi Arabia which has subjected unhealthy foods to heavy excise duties. In 2019, Saudi Arabia expanded an excise tax charged on tobacco and soda to include electronic cigarettes and […]

Surge in T2D in Rural India

Rural India is grappling with a surge in type 2 diabetes (T2D) that signals a significant shift in lifestyles and dietary habits among the population. The rise of T2D reflects the transition from traditional, physically active lifestyles to more sedentary ones, often accompanied by diets high in processed foods, unhealthy fats, and refined sugars. Data […]

Income Levels and Diabetes

Data has revealed a strong correlation between income levels and the incidence of diabetes in South Korea. A collaborative research group involving two universities and two hospitals in the country classified 7.82 million adults aged between 30 and 64, who did not have type 2 diabetes, according to their income levels in 2012. The group […]

One Size Does Not Fit All

A Chinese University of Hong Kong study, led by former Hong Kong health Minister, Professor Yeoh Eng-Kiong, calls for different approaches to different groups to improve the health of ethnic minority groups, and the poor. The study found higher levels of obesity and related health problems among Hong Kong’s South Asian community and is calling […]