What's Your Type

Nearly 33 million Pakistanis have diabetes, a condition in which your body does not produce or properly use insulin. The Advanced International Hospital Health System has extensive experience helping people with diabetes live healthy and productive lives.

Insulin is a hormone that allows your body to use the sugar in food to produce energy. Sugar that does not get into the cells stays in the blood, where it can increase your risk for heart disease or stroke and damage the nerves, eyes, and kidneys. No one knows exactly what causes diabetes, but having a family member with diabetes, being overweight or obese, and not getting enough exercise make it more likely that you will develop diabetes.

Of those 33 million people who have diabetes in Pakistanis, nearly 30 percent do not know it. Diabetes can affect anyone, but some people are more likely to develop the disease than others. The symptoms of diabetes can seem harmless which is why many people do not realize they have it. If left untreated, diabetes can damage your organs, blood vessels, and nerves.

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For example if one identical twin has type 1 diabetes, there is greater than 50 percent chance the other twin will have type 1 diabetes. If one identical twin has type 2 diabetes, there is a greater than 75 percent chance the other twin will have type 2 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), your body produces little or no insulin. Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile diabetes because it was usually diagnosed in childhood. An estimated 100,000 Pakistanis per annum with diabetes have type 1 diabetes, which is a chronic disease. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day.

The Advanced International Hospital Health System provides special services and classes for patients with T1DM as well as special instructions for those who are hospitalized.

In addition, our doctors and researchers are at the forefront in the development of the artificial pancreas, which is dramatically changing the lives of our patients with T1DM.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a condition in which your body does not properly use insulin, does not produce enough insulin, or becomes resistant to normal levels of insulin. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes and can sometimes  be reversed with lifestyle changes. Your chances of developing type 2 diabetes increases as you get older. People with type 2 diabetes have to take pills and/or insulin.

At Advanced International Hospital, we provide specialized and individualized programs for our patients with T2DM to help you take control of your disease. From nutrition and exercise programs to personalized medication programs and continuous glucose monitoring, we empower you to manage your diabetes.


Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to indicate diabetes. An estimated 26.7% of adults in Pakistan have prediabetes. Losing weight and making lifestyle changes such as eating healthier foods and exercising make it less likely that prediabetes will turn into diabetes.

Pre-diabetics and those at high risk for diabetes can prevent or delay onset of the disease with a mere 5 to 7 percent weight loss, if you are overweight. You can achieve  this weight loss  through dietand exercise/physical activityThe key is to set a weight loss goal that is SMARTSmart, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Physical Activity – Set achievable goals for yourself, especially if you are not used to being physically active. Here are some tips:

  • Team up with a friend.
  • Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity five days a week. You can split this time into three 10-minute intervals.
  • Try a variety of exercise including swimming, biking, walking, running, and dancing.
  • Fit in little bits of exercise throughout the day. For instance, take the stairs when you can, get off the subway one stop early and walk to your destination, park further from store, do sit-ups at home during commercials if you’re watching television.
  • Incorporate moderate to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity at least two days a week in addition to the moderate exercise.

Diet  Making a series of small changes to the way you eat can have a big effect. Some suggestions include:

  • Decrease caloric consumption.
  • Keep a food diary.
  • Monitor portion sizes; your plate should consist of 1/2 non-starchy vegetables, 1/4 lean protein, 1/4 whole grain/high-fiber carbohydrates.
  • Choose unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats (i.e., nuts, olive oil, avocado instead of butter, full fat dairy products, red meat).
  • Choose lean proteins (i.e., boneless skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets).

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