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350 mn people would suffer from diabetes by 2025

WITH 200 million diabetes patients worldwide, epidemiologists and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have reached a conclusion that diabetes has assumed alarming proportions and over 350 million people would suffer from diabetes by 2025. And with 30-35 million diabetes patients in India itself, the country would soon become ?Diabetes Capital? of the World, said senior physician Dr Subodh Jain.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 00:10 IST

WITH 200 million diabetes patients worldwide, epidemiologists and International Diabetes Federation (IDF) have reached a conclusion that diabetes has assumed alarming proportions and over 350 million people would suffer from diabetes by 2025. And with 30-35 million diabetes patients in India itself, the country would soon become ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the World, said senior physician Dr Subodh Jain.

Addressing mediapersons today, Dr Jain said diabetes patients in India were projected to rise by 80 million in the year 2030. The prevalance rate varies from 12 to 16 per cent in urban and rural areas.

“As many as 16 per cent people suffer from Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT), a pre-diabetic condition, which is more dangerous. They are neither normal nor could be termed as diabetic patients. But they increasingly face the risk of diabetes. On the occasion of World Diabetes Day on November 14, we need to launch a campaign to spread awareness about appropriate diabetes care, prevention and education.

It is also important to make patients active partners in diabetes care and build their positive approach towards its management, he added.

Senior consultant physician and diabetes and thyroid specialist Dr Bharat Arora said this year’s World Diabetes Day campaign slogan was ‘Diabetes Care For Everyone’. Everyone should know that with healthy diet, physical exercise and good control of blood glucose level, the problem could be effectively avoided.

“Diabetes mostly affects working population in the age group of 35 to 65 years.

In developing countries the number of people with diabetes will increase by 15 per cent in the next 25 years. Each year, seven million people develop diabetes across the world. And at least 50 per cent of people are unaware of their condition. Diabetes can affect any part of the body including the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. People with diabetes are two to four times more at risk of developing heart disease,” he said.

Dr Anand Mishra was also present on the occasion.