As part of the World Diabetes Day marker, Regency Medical Center (RMC) will drop free diabetes screening tomorrow. RMC Chairman Dr. Rajni Kanabar told the newspaper that the mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and treatment worldwide.
"The theme of this year is" The Family and Diabetes. "The Ministry of Health, in partnership with development partners, non-governmental organizations, the Lions Clubs International has been at the forefront to fight this big silent killer in the world," said Dr. Kanabar.
He pointed out that every year on November 14, the first worldwide awareness raising campaign focused on diabetes mellitus was held.
"Since the RMC has established a full-blown clinic for diabetes care for all age groups, a free diabetic screening camp will be placed on the World Diabetes Day tomorrow, RMC Darfamal, located in Upan, Dar es Salaam."
He continued to argue that the camp is intended only for people who are not diagnosed with diabetes and could be used by a well-trained team specializing in diabetes care.
Dr. Kanabar also noted that individuals who can diagnose diabetes at a camp will be transferred to a highly specialized and trained physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists, nephrologists, cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons, and college-educated nurses to open a RMC every day.
"We plan to start this camp around 8:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM, and you can only know your diabetic condition if you check it. Therefore, we ask our fellow citizens to use this unique case.
For those not known to have diabetes, a well-trained pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Rahim Damji, told the RMC that diabetes was a chronic metabolic disease characterized by high levels of glucose (or blood sugar levels) that over time caused severe damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves, "he explained.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1,6 million people die from diabetes in 2016. In 2017, more than 425 million adults (20 to 79 years of age) were living with diabetes.
The most commonly reported type 2 diabetes (usually in adults) that occurs when the body becomes insulin resistant or does not provide enough insulin. At present, at least 352 million people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes, called diabetes mellitus or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas itself causes little or no insulin.
In 2017, more than 1163,500 children lived with type 1 diabetes.
Pregnant women also have a risk of developing diabetes mellitus, and in 2017 more than 21 million births (one in seven births) were diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy.