Diabetes is the catastrophe of the 21st century, remarked Sir Michael Hirst, the visiting President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
This debilitating disease is a challenge to the world, to Sri Lanka and to every other country, he underscored. "No longer are those afflicted old people, even many teenagers are now diabetic".
With a surge in Type 11 diabetes, the number is expected to rise by 200 million globally over the next 20 years, Sir Michael said in an interview with The Sunday Island on the sidelines of the recent launch of Heberprot-P, an innovative injectable drug in the treatment and cure of advanced diabetic foot ulcers, at the Ramada Hotel in Colombo.
The majority four-fifth of these cases over the next two decades will be in the developing world, impacting people of working age. Diabetes is not just a health issue, but an economic development issue as...