If diabetes keeps on rising at such a rapid pace currently, India may soon be defamed to become a diabetic country in the world for a worst reason, according to statistics.

According to a retrospective data analysis, men are more vulnerable to diabetes than women. So, it’s time for men to be careful and start controlling their diet before it gets too late.

Diabetes is alleged to be a silent killer by several medical experts in the world. Even a single symptom which reflects the first stage of the condition is a matter of concern. Some of the common tests conducted to diagnose this condition are Post Prandial Blood Sugar (PPBS), Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS), and Glycosylated Hemoglobin (HbA1c).

Diabetes could be genetic and may also develop because of bad living habits. SRL Diagnostics has conducted an analysis on up to 6.3 million samples collected to inspect blood sugar levels over the past 3 years (from 2014 to mid 2017). It found that men were vulnerable to 21% of blood sugar in diabetic level, while women were 17.3%.

Adults aged from 46-60 years and 61-85 years (of both genders) are highly vulnerable to diabetes (i.e. 26.71% and 27.01% respectively) all over India.

When analyzing city wise, Kolkata and Mumbai were found with highest prevalence, i.e. 22.07% and 23.74% respectively, when compared to other Indian cities. Dr. B.R. Das, Mentor and Advisor (R&D), Molecular Pathology, “If diabetes keeps on rising at its fast pace, India may achieve defame of being the diabetic nation from China. It’s a terrible fact as it affected most of the working class people, which would adversely impact their families.”

“According to a joint study conducted by the World Economic Forum and Harvard School of Public Health, global loss of GDB because of diabetes is estimated to be $1.7 trillion from 2011 to 2030. According to the International Diabetes Federation, over 69 million people are suffering from diabetes in India, out of them over 3.5 lakh people are dead due to this disease every year.”

Dr. Das further added, “From tests to medicines, most of the cost is borne directly by an individual. With the increasing cost of healthcare and diabetes troubling the post-retirement and near-retirement population, the situation may even worsen the mortality rate of the disease. To spread awareness about diabetes, it becomes very important to raise campaigns. It is important to inform that one can control diabetes by sticking to healthy eating habits and lifestyle.”

According to the analysis, the western part of India shows more influence of diabetes with 20.47% of candidates. The analysis further revealed that total 19.22% of people tested in SRL Diagnostics have diabetes across India.

To declare a positive sample for diabetes, the guidelines issued by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2017 followed. On any two of three tests, higher than the threshold values that are globally accepted (abnormal = 200 mg/dL for PPBS, =126mg/dl for FBS, or =6.5 for HbA1c) were known to find out if a person was diabetic.


Sam Smith

By Sam Smith
(Pseudonym) who is a Nutritionist, sharing diabetes awareness articles on his blog Diabetes Self Caring. He is working as a dietitian and nutritionist since 2009.

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