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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Diabetes takes endemic proportions in Sri Lanka

[b]Diabetes takes endemic proportions in Sri Lanka [/b]

Q Perera - Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 09 December, ([/b] In Sri Lanka ailments like Diabetes and Heart diseases are on the increase and it is estimated that around 5 percent of the population suffer from diabetes, which is considered to be endemic and further this figure could rise as around 50 percent if have not been tested for their conditions.

Diabetes Mellitus could be described as no or little production of insulin in the pancreas and also the condition developing in the poor response to insulin in muscle, fat and liver cells. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body’s tissues absorb glucose (sugar) as a source of energy. Surgeon Commodore (Dr) Lalith Ekanayake, MBBS, MD, DDHM (Aus), Consultant Physician and the Director Naval Medical Services, one of the experts on Diabetes spoke to the “Asian Tribune” on the issue of Diabetes.

Born in Nuwara Eliya and had his early education at Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala and entered the Medical Faculty, Colombo University in 1979. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1982 as the first ever medical student to do so. Whilst holding a Commissioned Rank, Acting Sub Lieutenant, in the Navy Dr Ekanayake continued his medical education and obtained the MBBS in 1985 and completed his Internship in Kurunegala General Hospital in 1985 / 1986.

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