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India is diabetic capital of the world: Keith Vaz

Published on: March 11, 2013 - 00:17 More in:

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Story Summary: The UK Member of Parliament, Mr Keith Vaz, who is of Goan origin, on Sunday said that India is the diabetic capital of the world with around 70 million people currently suffering from diabetes. MARGAO: The UK Member of Parliament, Mr Keith Vaz, who is of Goan origin, on Sunday said that India is the diabetic capital of the world with around 70 million people currently suffering from diabetes. Mr Vaz, who is the founder member of the diabetes charity - Silver Star, was speaking as a guest at the Apollo Victor Hospital in Margao after handing over a mobile diabetic clinic to Dr Robert DCosta, the medical director of Apollo Victor Hospital, in the presence Silver Star trustee, Ms Valanka Alemao and CMD of Alcon Victor Group, Mr Alcon Victor Alburquerque. Mr Vaz said that the hospital would provide free service to t he diabetic patients in the state. We want to ensure that we do not only raise awareness on diabetes, but also treat those who are ill, he said. Mr Vaz said that by tying up with Apollo Victor, Silver Star aims at providing services to a larger number of people in Goa. Creating awareness on diabetes, testing and providing care to millions of people in the UK and India is our motto, said Mr Vaz adding that the number of diabetes cases is on the rise in Goa and that we need to act now. The British MP said that people should be made aware of the dangers of the disease and how it affects all the major organs of the body. He said symposiums and awareness programmes will be held in the villages of the entire state with proper planning by doctors of the Apollo Victor Hospital. This is Silver Stars fourth sponsored mobile clinic after sponsoring such clinics in Mumbai, London and Leicester. Mr Vaz said that the fifth such vehicle would be provided to the national capital city of New Delhi.

PATNA: India with 6.22 crore diabetic patients is fast becoming the diabetes capital of the world with possibility of the number of diabetic patients reaching the eight crore mark by 2030, said experts here at the World Diabetes Day function organized under a global project, Changing Diabetes Barometer, of Danish NGO Novo Nordisk Education Foundation in collaboration with the State Health Society here on Friday. The Central Excise building, which provided the space for the function, to launch diabetes awareness drive, was lit with blue colour which symbolizes the international fight against diabetes in 160 countries. Opening the programme, the advisor to the Foundation, a retired IPS officer, Manjari Jaruhar, cautioned that India is fast becoming a diabetes capital of the world and so urgent measures were required in a form of a movement to create awareness to check it.
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Benefit. Buy NowLIC.TermInsuranceIndia.co.in The main programme would be observed on November 14 to observe the World Diabetes Day with the theme for this year, 'Act On Diabetes, Now'. The day will start with a foot march, 'Walk for Diabetes', by children, doctors, diabetic patients and others from Gardiner Road government hospital to Hartali Mor on Bailey Road and then return to the Gardiner Road hospital where diabetes screening tests would be done by a team of doctors.
The figure of incidence of diabetes given by the experts was glaring with there being 36 crore diabetic patients across the world whose numbers are likely to swell to 44 crore by 2030. In India, around 11 per cent population is diabetic with more than 14 per cent of them living in urban areas with sedentary lifestyles and seven per cent living in rural areas where people are more active than their urban counterparts, said the experts. China and the US are running far behind India with four crore and 2.3 crore diabetic patients respectively. Associate professor, medicine, PMCH, Dr Surendra Kumar said that an early treatment from pre-diabetic stage with regulated diet and controlled glucose level in the blood and controlled blood pressure would check any future complications. A change in lifestyle to attain this is essential. He said that for treatment of diabetes, apart from insulin injection, oral drugs are available. Dr Ajay Kumar said that regulated diet and exercise can check 30 per cent cases of diabetes. He said that the people take it lightly and diabetes is detected only when 60 percent complication in different organs of the body is detected. Diabetes screening test should be done early, Dr Kumar said. Dr Anand Shankar said that a check on gestational diabetes, a stage when the child in the womb gets sugar from diabetic mother's blood and becomes a diabetic patient, should be checked with aggressive treatment of the pregnant women. Commisioners, Central Excise, R P Sharma and T Hopkins, and Society state programme officer Dr N K Mishra also spoke on the occasion.

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Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world. It has been projected that worldwide approximately 300 million people would be afflicted with it by 2025.
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Being home to around 40 million diabetics, India is emerging as the diabetes capital of the world. And with this, people would be more susceptible to heart disease. One-third of the diabetics develop coronary artery disease (CAD), irrespective of the precaution they take and death of 80% diabetics can be attributed to CAD, said Prof AK Srivastava, chairman, Divine Heart Multi-Specialty Hospital. He was delivering a talk on Impact of Diabetes on Heart organised by the Lucknow Management Association in collaboration with Hearts and Minds at the LMA hall. Around 50 to 60 million Indians suffer from heart disease and if figures are further explained, every 10th Indian suffers with either CAD or diabetes, he said. According to Prof Srivastava, diabetes attacks people in many ways. First it alters lipid metabolism, precipitates clotting in the artery and t6hen damages artery walls. The most vulnerable are those who have a family history of diabetes. For them, I would advise check-ups after the age of 35 years, which is the best way to prevent disease, said Prof Srivastava. He said when people from the vulnerable group go for preventive test, they should ensure that albumin is included in the test. The sugar test should also be considered important where fasting level should be below 110, random between 140 and 160 and the range for the 2-hour glucose test should be 180 to 200. Apart from these clinical precautions diet is another factor, which can help check the impact of diabetes on the heart. For diabetics, controlled intake of carbohydrates is one of the important factors in diet management, said Sachin Singh of Diet Mantra. As per statistics, about 50% diabetics develop renal problems. But by checking their vulnerability status and with regular tests, further ailments could be prevented. In the next 17 years, India, China and the US would have the largest number of diabetics. It is estimated that every fifth person with diabetes will be an Indian. Due to this, the economic burden due to diabetes in India is amongst the highest in the world. As per WHO estimates, mortality from diabetes, heart disease and stroke cost about $210 billion in India in 2005. Much of the heart disease and stroke in these estimates was linked to diabetes. Diabetes, heart disease and stroke together would cost about $ 333.6 billion over the next 10 years in India alone, estimates WHO.

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