World Diabetes Day: Grim Reminder For India

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Sunday, November 14, 2010

NEW DELHI, INDIA ( Even as the World Diabetes Day is being marked today by several health entities and institutes all over the world, there is some bitter news for Indians. The latest studies indicate that India is the country with the biggest population with the dreaded ailment diabetes. The number of diabetic people in India stands at a staggering 50.8 million. This view has been echoed by the International Diabetes Federation. However, an IRMB study which was carried out in six cities of India including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai says that with timely intervention and treatment the number of diabetic patients could be brought down in near future.

As the World Diabetes Day is being celebrated, the medical community is looking forward to finding ways of controlling the spread of the disease. Insulin remains the prevalent mode of treatment for diabetes and more than 60 percent of Diabetes patients say they benefit from its use. Compliance with the prescribed diet is also a must for leading a better life. A researcher with the Aligarh Muslim University said that diabetes is reaching alarming proportions in India and its spread can be called tsunamic. Prof. Jamal Ahmad of the J.N. Medical College’s director of Centre of Diabetes and Endocrinology has revealed that there is a huge increase of ailments related to diabetes that patients have to encounter these days.

On World Diabetes Day, the doctors are trying to spread awareness among the mass about the ways to prevent the disease. There are a number of preventive steps that people can take to keep it at bay. These include walking every day for some time, refraining from smoking, drinking alcohol and reducing trans fat consumption.

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