Diabetes affecting productive age groups: study

India is second only to China in the number of reported cases of diabetes. By 2030, India is estimated to the diabetes capital of the world

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Over 49,788 samples were analysed for the report based on tests for Fasting Blood Glucose* at Metropolis Healthcare, a leading chain of multi-national diagnostics.

Diabetes is fast gaining an epidemic status in India. According to an estimate drawn by the Indian Medical Council of Research in 2014, there are about 77.2 million people in India suffering from pre-diabetes and over 65.1 million diabetes patients. India is second only to China in the number of reported cases of diabetes. By 2030, India is estimated to the diabetes capital of the world.

Despite increasing awareness of diabetes and its life-altering complications, very few people undergo regular screening tests proactively to prevent disease.

The aetiology of diabetes in India is multifactorial and includes genetic factors coupled with environmental influences such as obesity associated with rising living standards, steady urban migration, and lifestyle changes. An upsurge in number of early-onset diabetes cases is also responsible for the development of various diabetic complications due to longer disease duration.

In an analysis of over 49,788 samples tested for Fasting Blood Glucose* at Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, a leading chain of multi-national diagnostics, the following are the findings

Age Group (yrs) Normal   Pre-Diabetes  Diabetes     Total

20 to 30              9214        977              333            10524
30 to 40              7484        1816             1379          10679
40 to 50              5063        2473             2433          9969
50 to 60              3388        2588             3046          9022
60 to 70              2359        2088             2184          6631
70 to 80              1124        986               853           2963

 

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