As on World Diabetes Day 2019, India home to 72 bn diabetics

New Delhi (NVI): As the global community observes the World Diabetes Day on 14 November, as many as 72.9 million people in India continue to battle this lifestyle disease, making the country the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world.

Every year, World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14 to raise awareness about the condition and ways to manage the same. The theme for this year is ‘The Family and Diabetes’.

According to an International diabetes federation (IDF) report, India is one of the 6 countries of the IDF SEA region in which 425 million people have diabetes. As many as 82 million people suffer from this disease in the SEA Region and by 2045 this data will rise to 151 million.

Among 72.9 million patients of diabetes, there are more than 30 million of patients that are undiagnosed or untreated which is increasing the risk of developing complications and premature mortality in the patients.

According to Indo-US collaborative study, even India’s capital Delhi alone has an estimated 29.8 lakh people suffering from this disease, the report says.

A study also showed that 37% of urban south Asian Indians suffer from Diabetes and pre-Diabetes. The disease is one of the fastest-growing conditions in the country.

With an aim to curb instances of diabetes and its associated complications, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked all its state and local branches to conduct screening camps and mass awareness programmes for a month starting from today to create awareness about the disease.

The Indian Medical Association will observe a month-long campaign to mark the ‘World Diabetes Day’, which is observed today, an IMA official said.

Meanwhile observing “World Diabetes Day,” Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare of India Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted that “the effect of diabetes on all parts of the body. Regular treatment, balanced diet and exercise can prevent the progression of diabetes”.

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