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November 18, 2017
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MKRMS walk: ‘Exercise, balanced diet can help control diabetes’

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November 18, 2017

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LAHORE: Diabetes is getting worse all over the world. We can control it by taking precautionary measures but cannot eliminate it from the roots. If diabetics take care of their health and take proper medicines as well as balanced diet, they can also live a healthy life and can perform their duties happily. We have such many examples too. Many of our country's famous people are suffering from this disease but by taking precautions they are very active in their fields.
These views were expressed by the speakers in an awareness walk regarding World Diabetes Day, organised by Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Memorial Society (Jang Group of Newspapers) and ROCHE Pakistan. Diabetes awareness walk was organised in Kinnaird College Lahore which was presided by famous cricketer Wasim Akram. Dr Farzeen Malik (nutritionist), Shaniera Wasim and Maryam Naseem (Pakistani Weight Lifter) were guests of honour in the event. Dr Rukhsana David (Principal Kinnaird College), Dr Nighat, Dr Mehreen and Saira Rafique (Chess player) also participated in awareness walk.
Wasif Nagi (Pride of Performance, Senior Editor Health, Education, Current affairs and Chairman Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Memorial Society, Jang Group of Newspapers) hosted this event. Sohail Malik (Country Head ROCHE diabetes care) delivered opening speech. Wasim Akram said he is a diabetic but he is living a healthy life by adopting healthy lifestyle. He said that in old days there was lack of awareness in the people but now awareness and research process has advanced much. Because diabetes is a disease, the more you know about, the more you can save from it. Pakistan is the 8th largest country regarding diabetes. People think that a diabetic feels tired very quickly. This happens because people do not pay attention to their food and habits. Kinnaird College is the best educational institution regarding women, he added.
Dr Rukhsana David said this institution was founded in 1930. In this institution, girls are taught to do

struggle for their successful life. Kinnaird College has the prominent status in sports field. And today, I am extremely happy that the diabetes awareness walk is organised in this college.
Sohail Malik said “Empowering women with diabetes” is the theme of this year. A woman trains her family. A child’s first educational institution is his mother. Therefore, women should stay healthy and aware.
Wasif Nagi (Pride of Performance, Senior Editor Health, Education, Current affairs and Chairman Mir Khalil Ur Rehman Society, Jang Group of Newspapers) said that ROCHE Pakistan is playing an important role in spreading awareness about diabetes and this awareness walk is also chained with it. If diabetes is not treated on time, it can affect other body parts. We have eliminated the habit of doing exercise and taking healthy food from our life.
Maryam Naseem said “When I went to Australia, I saw everyone doing exercise there. They mostly used to do weightlifting. I learnt a lot from there and; today, I am representing Pakistan in weight-lifting at international level. We can achieve everything through struggle. We should make exercise part of our life. If we get aware of this disease, then we can spread awareness among others.
Dr Farzeen Malik said that weight loss should be kept in order to avoid diabetes. We should do exercise daily, avoid smoking and quit depression. Diabetes has two types; Type one diabetes and Type two diabetes. We should take simple and balanced diet, eat bran bread and brown sugar.
Dr Mehreen said diabetes is spreading so quickly. This is worse situation. Sometimes, women suffer from diabetes during pregnancy and due to that, they have to face many complications.
Saira Rafique said she is the chess master and she has represented Pakistan two times at international level. Diabetes is not injurious to health if we take balanced diet, do exercise regularly and take medicines properly; she added. —

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