Diabetes is killing an equal number of people in the rural as well urban areas of Madhya Pradesh, a recent survey has revealed.
The recent study by the National Family Health Survey-4 or NFHS-4, shows that there is only a small difference in the percentage between people suffering from diabetes– which is caused due to poor lifestyle and dietary habits– in the urban and rural areas of four big cities in the state, including Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur , is very small.
The survey shows that 8% of men living in urban areas are suffering from the lifestyle disease, the percentage of men suffering from diabetes is 6% in the rural areas of the state.
Similarly, 6.2% of women in living in urban areas of the state suffer from diabetes while 4.6% of rural women suffer from high blood sugar levels.
The survey also shows that men in cities like Bhopal suffer from high blood sugar levels compared to women. Only 4.5% of women in Bhopal were found to be suffering from diabetes while the percentage of men with high blood sugar count was 8.
The overall percentage of women suffering from diabetes in the state was 5.1% while in men it was 6.7%. The incidence of the population of very high diabetes however was 2.1% in women and 2.9% in men in the age group of 15-49 years.
“Diabetes has become so common these days that in the surveys we conduct, we find one person out of ten suffering from the lifestyle disease,” says said Dr Sharad Pandit, joint director of health.
“Rural areas are not far behind and it is for this reason that two years back, a programme was launched by the state health department to focus on non-communicable diseases, including high blood pressure, cardiac problems and diabetes,” he says.
“Diabetes cases are increasing in rural areas as dietary habits are changing with junk food and erratic lifestyle making an entry in the rural areas of the state.”