News ID: 215708
Published: 0529 GMT May 26, 2018

60% of diabetics suffer from urologic diseases

60% of diabetics suffer from urologic diseases
Dr. Hossein Adibi, the head of the super-specialized research center for diabetics in Tehran (R), talking to Iran Daily reporter.

By Sadeq Dehqan & Zahra A’rabi

Sixty percent of diabetic patients suffer from urologic diseases caused by disorders in function of nervous and vascular systems, according to the head of the super-specialized research center for diabetics in Tehran.  

Dr. Hossein Adibi told Iran Daily that blood sugar problems in diabetics can cause reduction in function of peripheral nerves, in such a way that patients are sometimes unaware of the wounds in different parts of their bodies.

The reduction in nervous system function can effect bladder function of patients in a way that they are unable to feel the pressure on their bladder, he said. As a result, they don’t empty their bladder in proper time, he added.

Blood vessels disorder can cause sexual dysfunction in diabetics, since the reproductive system relies heavily on the function of vessels and blood circulation, Adibi said.

He mentioned that diabetes is one of the most important noninfectious diseases in the world.

Adibi added that they have controlled the disease in developed nations during the years by checking the danger elements. However, the developing nations were not successful in preventing the spread of diabetes, he said.

In future, the disease will occur particularly in developing nations, he said, attributing it to improper diet, cigarette, tobacco products and inactive lifestyle. 

The faculty member of Tehran University of Medical Sciences said that the minimum number of diabetics are five million in the country, but according to some statistics, they are about 10 percent of the population, which means between eight and 10 million diabetics live in Iran.

Adibi put the global average of diabetes affliction at five to 10 percent in different parts of the world.

On various types of diabetes, Adibi mentioned that those with type 1 diabetes are in low percentage compared with the others. And due to immunologic disorders and hereditary factors, their insulin producer cells can’t function properly so they basically require insulin injection for controlling the blood sugar level.

He also gave some explanation about type 2 diabetes:  “Insulin is secreted in their body but the level of that insulin is not enough, or maybe there is a resistance to insulin in their body, or due to excess weight, their body needs more insulin. Therefore, they can cause blood sugar problems, leading to diabetes.

Adibi further said that diabetes is not a curable disease.

If a patient is successful in controlling the level of blood sugar, he/she still has the potential of the disease, he said. If one stops monitoring himself/herself, the disease can return to its pre-crisis level, he added. So the process of controlling should be permanent to prevent the side effects of the disease, he concluded.


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