In his message on World Diabetes Day, the Kalon (minister) of the department of health, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dr Tsring Wangchuk, exhorted the exiled community to work collectively to prevent the disease.
"Today is a day for the world to remember and engage in the fight against diabetes and is it important not only for people with diabetes or caregivers of people with diabetes, but also for all Tibetans at large," said Wangchuk, adding that the theme chosen for the day, 'Healthy living and Diabetes' from 2014-2016, highlighted the role of healthy living which helps in the fight against diabetes.
"As the world struggles against infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV Aids, diabetes poses a greater threat to us," he added.
"It is one of the most frequently treated chronic diseases in our clinics. We therefore need to educate our community," he said. Elaborating on the kind and effects of the different kind of diabetes, Wangchuk said that this year, World Diabetes Day focused on healthy living and eating as an important component of both preventing and treating diabetes. "The CTA department of health strives to protect health of present and future generations through campaigns that will create greater awareness," he said.
Stressing upon the need of collective efforts to prevent the disease, Wangchuk said everyone in the Tibetan community needed to play their part and become aware of the risk of getting diabetes.
He urged Tibetans to undergo screening early, not just for diabetes, but also for other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
"Let us make World Diabetes Day meaningful by committing to practice healthy living ourselves and making it possible for others to do the same," he said.