So much so that he skipped last night's ceremony got up by BCCI in Kolkata where former and present Cricket captains of India and Pakistan were honoured during the PlatinumJubilee Cup match between the two nations.
"I was invited by the BCCI but I thought this was more important," he told reporters as he took part in the 'Winning with Diabetes' campaign organised by biotech major Biocon, onWorld Diabetes Day here.
Akram, who is the only bowler in the world to have captured more than 400 wickets in Test and one-day cricket, knows better.
He was diagnosed with diabetes in early 1997, but went to on to play for seven more years before retiring.
"When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had a shock to start off with but with the help of the family and friends around me, I recovered. I read a lot, checked sugal levelsregularly and took insulin."
"I decided to fight it out. In fact, I played and bowled better after I was diagnosed with diabetes than before", added Akram who played 104 tests claiming 414 wickets and scored2,898 runs with a highest score of 257.
He said it's a wrong notion that a diabetic gets tired quickly. "The alarming rise in diabetes incidence is a growing concern the world over. You can control diabetes. We are ourbest doctors."
Akram, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, former Badminton star Prakash Padukone and scores of others walked for diabetes awareness.