Dubbing it a “diabetes tsunami”, the President of the Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists, Dr. Manilka Sumanatilleke expressed grave concern over the fact that doctors are now seeing youth in the age group 18-20 years being afflicted by it. Urgent population measures are needed to meet this disaster and people should cooperate to curb this disease.
He held out a ray of hope when he said that if diagnosed early, medications are taken scrupulously along with a healthy diet and an exercise regimen, Type 2 diabetes could be reversible. “In some, there has been a regression of diabetes,” added Dr. Sumanatilleke.
With World Diabetes Day being commemorated on Wednesday (November 14), Sri Lanka will get into gear on the important theme of ‘Family and Diabetes’ today (November 11)