MP Sonia Sidhu representing Canada in World Congress of Diabetes

Member of Parliament Sonia Sidhu is representing Canada  at the 8th World Congress of Diabetes in Kolkota.

Diabetes India has invited her as guest of honour.

The conference is a unique opportunity for diabetes related health professionals from country to share the latest scientific advances in the field from each expertise and experience and develop strategies for advancing all our efforts to treat and prevent diabetes. More than 50 international & 200 national faculties are invited who are experts in the field of diabetes.

The conference is set for 4 days.

Diabetes is a major public health problem that is approaching epidemic proportions globally. Worldwide, the prevalence of chronic, noncommunicable diseases is increasing at an alarming rate. About 18 million people die every year from cardiovascular disease, for which diabetes and hypertension are major predisposing factors. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces.

Acc. to 2016 data more than 1.7 billion adults worldwide are overweight, and 312 million of them are obese. In addition, at least 155 million children worldwide are overweight or obese. A diabetes epidemic is underway.

According to the Health Canada, 2017, better nutrition information is being brought forth to the public as Canada’s food guide is modernized. It is also improving food labeling and food quality by lessening sodium in food and prohibiting industrial trans fats. Because children are most vulnerable, it is putting restrictions on Marketing unhealthy food and beverages to children.