Youngsters in Bhopal between age group of 20-30 years are increasingly falling to prey to type-2 diabetes. The primary reason for this trend is sedentary lifestyle, eating too much junk food, increased stress levels and physical inactivity on account of spending too much time on cellphones and Internet.
These facts were revealed by Dr Sachin Gupta from Krishna Diabetes Charitable and Research Foundation during a press meet held on the eve World Diabetes Day (November 14).
"These days, not many youngsters workout. Besides, they commute on two-wheelers and hardly play outdoor games. Youth spend most of their spare time on cellphones and Internet, which has reduced the physical activity further. Also, too much fast food and stressful lives are taking toll on their health. On an average, I find 2-4 youngsters with diabetes every month," said Dr Gupta.
He added that the youngsters in Bhopal should not live under the impression that they cannot get diabetes as they feel healthy. "Diabetes being a silent killer. The youngsters should lead a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, avoid junk food and go for regular screenings," Dr Gupta said.
According to Dr Gupta, rapid urbanisation and socio-economic development have changed lifestyles and killed physical activity to such an extent that the disease is now crossing the traditional barriers to assail the rural populace and youngsters too.
"Diabetes is turning into an alarming epidemic in India. Current estimates indicate that 8.2 % of the adult population have diabetes. One out of six diabetics in the world is an Indian, say studies," Dr Gupta added.