India is the Diabetes Capital of the World

by Shirley Johanna on  November 14, 2016 at 8:10 PM Diabetes News   - G J E 4
The prevalence of diabetes in India is rising drastically. The number of people with diabetes is increasing at a rate that the country is called as the "Diabetes Capital." About 62 million people in India have diabetes. The prevalence is expected to reach 100 million by 2030.
India is the Diabetes Capital of the World
India is the Diabetes Capital of the World

Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the cells of the body are not responding to the insulin produced.

‘About 97,700 children have type 1 diabetes mellitus in India.’
Some of the symptoms that a person should check for diabetes are extreme thirst, frequent urination, injuries healing slowly, unexplained weight loss, unusual tiredness, tingling or numbness in the hands/feet, blurred vision, headache, fatigue and itchy skin.

People with diabetes should undergo regular health check-ups to rule out hypertension, ischemic heart disease and to prevent complications such as neuropathy and retinopathy.

A person with diabetes can lead a normal life by following a healthy diet, exercise and proper intake of prescribed medications. Eating at regular intervals, following a low-carb and low-fat diet and including fiber-rich foods can help keep the blood sugar levels under control.

Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is also known as Insulin Dependent or Juvenile Diabetes, which occurs in young children due to lack of insulin production. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), type 1 diabetes affects 1,11,500 children every year. In India, type 1 diabetes is higher than other Asian countries.

Type 1 diabetes constitutes of 1 to 4 percent of the diabetes population in the country. Children with type 1 diabetes should be treated with insulin. Intensive insulin treatment using vials and pens are preferred due to its lower cost.

Source: Medindia

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