Statistics from the Zimbabwe Diabetes Association show that approximately 75 000 Zimbabweans are dying from diabetes mellitus every year and according to the International Diabetes Federation, the number of diabetes patients is likely to double by 2030.

Health Experts noted the projections with concern, stating that more needs to be done, hence calls for strong awareness campaigns on the need to adopt healthy lifestyles and taking medication consistently so as  to curb the threat.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Diabetes and Eye screening campaign organised by Hippo Valley Lions Club in Chiredzi, diabetes expert and Optometrist, Thanuja Pinicke said diabetes is becoming very common because of changes in lifestyles,  hence the need for awareness campaigns to manage the disease.

“Diabetes is becoming very common not only in Africa but also in Asia because of changes in Lifestyles. Luxurious lifestyles coupled with little or no exercise often lead to health complications emanating from diabetes and guess what the disease is not preventable but can be controlled,” said Pinicke.

Hippo Valley Lions Club President, Benson Bhunu said they felt the need to celebrate World Diabetes Day by inviting experts for diabetes and eye screening.

“As a team, we felt the need to bring experts in our community for diabetes and eye screening given that a number of our community members are affected especially by diabetes which seem to be on the rise,” he said.

Diabetes remains one of the most common Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) targeted for action by world leaders. It is no longer a disease attributable to rich nations and is increasing most significantly in low-middle income countries.

World Diabetes Day is marked on November 14 every year. The main aim of World Diabetes Day is to provide a platform to promote IDF advocacy efforts throughout the year.