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Shun junk food to keep diabetes at bay

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 00:10 IST

THE i-Pod generation should remain prepared to face the worst health disaster.

The Type-II diabetes which was more prominent in middle age till few years back, is now affecting a large number of youths in the age group of 20 to 24 years. The city physicians are alarmed over the situation and have warned the collegians to stay away from junk food and adopt a healthy life style.

The Type-II diabetes, according to physicians was more common in the age group of 35 to 65 years, due to environmental, life style and genetic factors.

But during the past few years the trend has shifted from middle aged to youths.

"Now more and more youths are falling victim to the Type-II diabetes, which is an alarming situation. Daily we are receiving two to three youths between 22- 24 years age group suffering from Type-II diabetes.

Most of them admitted that they were consuming liquor and leading a sedentary life style," said Dr Subodh Jain, senior physician and member, UP Diabetes Association.

Dr Jain said normally 12 per cent of the total patient reported at the hospitals and private clinics, were found to be suffering from diabetes. In the last ten years, the number of patients suffering from Type-II diabetes has significantly increased. "But the main concern is that now more and more young people are found to be suffering from Type-II diabetes. They have adopted a complex western life style, with little exercise and loads of unhealthy food. The rural youths are also facing the risk of developing the disease due to migration, besides genetically predisposed factor," he added.

Ayurvedacharya Dr SK Rai said the main problem was of treating diabetes patients with Vataj Prakriti.

"They are mostly lean and thin people, with dark complexion and any control in their diet further affects their health. However, diabetes patients, having Pittaj Prakriti can be managed with minimum toxic Ayurvedic medicines. But it is the Kafaj Prakriti patients, who could be effectively cured," he informed.