Diabetes, one of the most common non-communicable diseases, is a major health concern in Madhya Pradesh. Type 2 diabetes, which is triggered by sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits, is hitting Indians at a much younger age — 18 years to 30 years — and Indore is no exception.
According to the recent Abnormality Report conducted by Indus Health Plus, a preventive health check-up specialist in conjunction with their delivery partner CHL Hospital, it was revealed that 45% of the Indore’s diabetic population is between the age group of 25 and 35 years.
It was also found that 25-30% of the working population that has diabetes has family history of the disease. One reason cited in the report was that of the immense dependability on junk food among children. This is the main cause of early obesity and increased risk for diabetes. The statistics state that more than 25% of them are potential diabetic cases.
Another appalling fact was that only 5-7% of the population in Indore follows a healthy lifestyle. At least 20-22% of the population is obese and does not exercise, thereby exposing themselves to hypertension and ultimately high risk of diabetes.
Sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, high consumption of fried diet and less exercise are the leading factors for diabetes cases in Indore. It was also found that 15-20% of the male and female population had kidney problems and were under the risk of diabetes.
Amol Naikawadi, joint managing director of Indus Health Plus said, "Diabetes cases are on the rise in India as compared to last year and have further increased by 7-10%. The growth of the disease is beginning to affect the younger generation as well, especially women in India between the age group of 25 and 35 years."
Emphasising on the need to educate people about the disadvantages of a sedentary lifestyle, Naikwadi said, "Early detection of diabetes can lower complications and improve the quality of life. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, consuming rich fibre, whole grain, maintaining ideal bodyweight and regular exercise will go a long way in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes."
Stress — The silent killer
Stress is a silent killer and increases the risk of diabetes. Hypertension accompanied with obesity has often been cited as the main reason for diabetes.
In order to understand the relationship between stress and diabetes, a stress management programme will be held in Indore on November 16.
Experts and doctors will educate people about stress, its effects on health and role of yoga and exercise in stress management. The programme will be held at MGM Medical College auditorium.
Endocrinologist at Synergy Hospital, Dr Sandeep Julka said, "As diabetes and stress are silent killers, raising awareness can be considered as the beginning of treatment. Only when a person gets to know about stress, he/she will start treatment and take efforts to get rid of it."
A marathon would also be organised in Indore to educate people about the negative effects of stress. Rohit Gadia, CEO of Capital Via, the company which would be organising the marathon said, "We are organising Marathon 2014 on World Diabetes Day with the objective of raising awareness on health. The marathon will be organised in three categories — 10 km, 5km and 3km. People of all age groups can participate."