Islamabad: More than 26pc of the country’s population, 27.4 million people over the age of 20, are suffering from type 2 diabetes and 14.47pc are at risk of getting diabetes.Moreover, according to the National Diabetes Survey of Pakistan 2016-17, there is an overall 52.6pc prevalence of hypertension or high blood pressure in the country, including 27.9pc known cases and 24.7pc newly diagnosed cases.
The survey conducted by the Pakistan Health Research Council (PHRC) in collaboration with the Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology (Bide) was launched on Wednesday.
During the survey, which took almost 18 months to complete, a total of 10,834 people were screened for diabetes out of whom 43.9pc were men and 56.1pc were women.
Almost a third – 30.2pc – had positive family history of diabetes and 14.5pc were tobacco users. Results of sugar level were almost similar in all provinces.