India to become world’s diabetic capital in 10 years: experts

Diabetes,a silent killer disease,is begining to have a vice-like grip on India. It is matter of grave concern that due to unawareness and altered life-style,India will become the world’s diabetic capital by next 10 years.

Written by Anupam Bhagria | Ludhiana | Published: November 14, 2009 4:42:50 am

Diabetes,a silent killer disease,is begining to have a vice-like grip on India. It is matter of grave concern that due to unawareness and altered life-style,India will become the world’s diabetic capital by next 10 years. This was disclosed by Dr Kamal Maseeh,oncopathologist and medical suprintendent of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC&H) here.

He said,“Urban people are more prone to the disease than their rural counterparts although the latter too of late have started falling prey to this disease with increased frequency.”

As per the data compiled by International Diabetes Federation,“India is among the top three countries with maximum number of diabetic patients. Approximately 5.07 crore Indians at present are diabetic and this number is going to increase by a whopping 150% by year 2030.”

Disclosing this,Dr Parminder Singh,Professor & Head of Endocrinology at DMCH said,“A descriptive study was conducted by College of Nursing,DMCH,to assess the effect of lifestyle modification on glycemic control among Type 2 patients visiting diabetes/ endocrinology clinic at DMCH. The findings revealed that patients who showed good lifestyle modification had better control over the blood sugar levels while the patients with averagely managed lifestyle had an increase in their blood sugar levels and finally people with unmanaged lifestyle showed high blood sugar levels.”

He said that diabetes could hit a people at any age. “In Ludhiana,” he said,“We get 4% Type 1 and 96% Type 2 patients. We have juvenile diabetic club in our hospital,through which we help the needy children. But it has been observed that parents of the wards have a tendency to hide their children’s disease from each other.’

Dr Geeti Puri Arora,Consultant Physician and Diabetologist,Deep Hospital,said,“Parents should know that the disease could happen to any child. Though heredity does play a part,it is not the only factor responsible for the disease. We have a one-and-a-half year old child and two-year old suffering from diabetes. We are going to start a “Diabetes club’ in the hospital,where parents of children suffering from diabetes will get to know about each other through different activities. They may also discuss their problems in the club.”

She said,“If a child faints or feels drowsiness without any partcular reason,diabetes could could be the reason.”

Steps to keep diabetes at bay
* Walk daily for 30 minutes,cover 3-4 km in 30 minutes,play games,jog,do aerobic exercises for 3-5 days a week,do household chores and use stairs instead of lift.
* Have good diet,which should be fat-free and sugar-free. Have more of fresh fruits and vegetables.
* Personal care is an important part of lifestyle modification,which includes good hygiene and feet care.
* Stress management by meditation,yoga or exercise.
* Have regular follow-up and blood-test monitoring at least once in three months.
* Taking the prescribed medicines regularly.

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