Alcoholism ‘top cause of diabetes’
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 01:00
Factors. Tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and excessive alcohol consumption blamed for increased cases.
physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and excessive consumption of alcohol.
The minister said the big percentage of people with NCDs go late to health facilities when it is difficult to treat complications such as strokes. Health ministry officials also expressed worry over the growing trend of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country.
The health experts say nearly 25 per cent of the adult population has hypertension-related problems while 30 per cent of the population is diabetic. the officer in charge of Non Communicable diseases at the Ministry of Health, Dr Gerald Mutungi, said the trend has been going up yet 80 per cent of people with such diseases are unaware due to asymptomatic nature of NCDs. He blamed the trend on the changing lifestyles, poverty and lack of awareness on the effects of the silent chronic diseases among the population as well limited knowledge on the side of health workers.
“A lot of focus has been put on controlling, preventing and treating infectious diseases with little input on the NCDs while the numbers of these chronic conditions is shooting up,” Dr Mutungi said. He appealed to the media to create awareness about NCDs since they do not present any signs or symptoms in the early stages.
The Director General of Health Services, Dr Jane Aceng, said the ministry has since embarked on a six-month national survey to establish the number of people with chronic conditions for proper planning, adding that results are expected by mid-2014.