Zeba Bakhtiar was born on 5th Nov 1962. Her father was a prominent bureaucrat from Quetta and a very close accomplice of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Her mother was an Iranian lady. Although this splendid super star had no family history of diabetes, Zeba Bakhtiar was diagnosed with diabetes in her early 20’s.
She started experiencing symptoms of frequent urination, blurred vision and dizzy spells. This diagnosis led to her immediate psychological fall out and was accompanied by a temporary phase of depression. This was the time when she was very busy in the shooting of her movie “Henna” in India.
According to her, she had contracted a case of acute bronchitis and it affected her pancreas, as did her stressful work schedule. An estimated 333 million people have diabetes all over world and this figure is expected to double in the next 30 years.
The most alarming fact is that 3/4th of all the future diabetics will hail from developing countries such as Pakistan, where roughly over 8.8 million (12%) of the population has already been affected so far.
About 2% to 5% of pregnant women also develop high blood sugar during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
This condition usually disappears after the birth of the child, but women who have had gestational diabetes are at a high risk of eventually developing type 2 diabetes.
In Pakistan, the peak age of diabetes is between 40 and 50 years.
People over 40 years of age however fall in the higher risk category. In a survey conducted by WHO, diabetics have two to three times higher risk of fatality as compared to non diabetics.
Thus, life with diabetes calls for strict vigilance and disciplined life style, healthy eating habits with a balanced diet. (six small meals) a day, 10 minutes walk 3 times a day, and around 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.