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80% of diabetics are from developing countries, and they are not fat

A short documentary, titled ‘The New Face of Diabetes,’ produced by the Science Communication Lab and published in partnership with Slate, points out that most diabetic patients in the West are obese, but in India, they’re not.

health Updated: Feb 18, 2018 12:36 IST
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A short documentary, titled ‘The New Face of Diabetes,’ produced by the Science Communication Lab and published in partnership with Slate, points out that most diabetic patients in the West are obese, but in India, they’re not.(Shutterstock)

And you thought diabetes is a ‘heavy’ issue! A short documentary, titled ‘The New Face of Diabetes,’ produced by the Science Communication Lab and published in partnership with Slate, points out that most diabetic patients in the West are obese, but in India, they’re not.

According to it, 80 % of the cases are now occurring in developing nations, and many of those patients don’t fit the stereotype.

“In the United States, obesity and Type 2 diabetes largely go hand in hand, but in India, the face of diabetes is a skinnier one. To scientists who study these things, this is a major mystery” the narrator says.

Indian scientist CS Yajnik and his colleague John Yudkin of the University College London undertook a massive study to try to get an explanation. According to Yagnik, “Indians are thin but fat.”

The main takeaway from this video is that it is important to monitor body composition, not just weight and body mass index, or BMI.

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First Published: Feb 18, 2018 12:35 IST