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Diabetes to reach 629 million by the year 2045

Publishing Date : 23 September, 2019

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

Non communicable remain a concern even to date, and although a healthy lifestyle needs to be adopted to reduce the risk of inheriting diseases like diabetes, many still think are not susceptible to having diabetes.


Even so, according to a research made by International Diabetes Federation (NCD), if interventions are not made to fight diabetes the number will increase to 629 million by the year 2045 worldwide. They also made revelations that other communicable diseases like, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer are on the rise due to our modern lifestyle and therefore there is a need for concerted effort between the private sector and the government.


The statistics from the International Diabetes Federation also shows that in the year 2017, there were 425 million adults aged 20-79 years living with diabetes worldwide. In the same year, 2017, there were more than 1,106,500 children living with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes caused 4 million deaths in 2017. In their attempt to raise awareness on diabetes, Bank Gaborone came with an initiative called ‘Apple Project,’ which also raised P350 000 funds for the Diabetes Association of Botswana.


“The reason why we adopted the ‘apples’ concept was that, when eaten, it has been proven to be a great source of fibre that helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, it has a minimal effect on blood sugar levels and doesn’t cause a spike in blood sugar and, most importantly, it contains compounds that may actually improve insulin sensitivity and reduce insulin resistance,” said the Manager of Bank Gaborone, Sybrand Coetzee.


On the 8 June 2019, the Apple Project Team carried out public health screening campaign for high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes in Mafenyatlala Mall in Molepolole. A total of 87 people were voluntarily screened for diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. A total of 31 people were found to be overweight/obese, 10 people were found to have high blood pressure, and they were counselled and referred for further management. One person was newly diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus, he was counselled and referred for further management


On the 13th June 2019, the Apple Project Team carried out Diabetes Support Group meeting in Princess Marina Hospital. The meeting was geared towards patients living with diabetes, their friends and relatives. The topics covered included healthy eating by Dr Malebogo Eluya, a Dietician and foot care by Dr Michael Walsh, a Vascular Surgeon. The session enabled the participants to network and meet the experts in the field of diabetes. That helped to minimize the psychological impact and reduced the burden of living with diabetes in those with diabetes, their friends and relatives.


Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and Wellness Morrison Sinvula explained that, “Diabetes mellitus is a demanding lifelong illness that requires an awful discipline on those who have it. There is a need to wake up well on time, usually before 6 AM to check the blood glucose before the insulin injection. Following the injections, one needs to follow strict meal times by eating the right quantities of the prescribed food staff. These mammoth tasks often take a greater toll on those with diabetes.”

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