He said diabetes is a common disorder. “More than 6% of population in India suffers from the condition and its incidence rate is rising,” he said.
Hypertension, the doctor said, is another chronic medical disorder affecting society.
“Genetics, obesity, high calorie diet, lack of exercise and stress are important contributors to the rising incidence of diabetes and hypertension,” he said.
As compared to western countries, diabetes is more common among the young here. “India has become the diabetes capital of the World,” he said. “Uncontrolled blood-sugar increases complications like kidney disease, heart attack, blindness, foot amputation, erectile dysfunction and brain stroke.”
Ludhiana District Congress Committee (urban) Pawan Diwan was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he asked doctors to provide free services to poor patients.