As Diabetes Burden Rises In India, Experts Call For Pan-India Diabetic Policy

As per the government data, as many as 3.46 lakh people died of diabetes in 2015.

New Delhi: Lifestyle disorders are gripping India like never before. Sedentary lifestyle and erratic schedule for food and sleep are biggest contributors to the same.

As per the government data, as many as 3.46 lakh people died of diabetes in 2015, up from 2.24 lakh in 2005, with the deadly disease climbing to the seventh position on the list of causes of deaths in the country.

According to the experts, an effective pan-India diabetic policy is imperative to address the growing burden of diabetes in the country.

“Effective policy actions as early as possible is an urgent need to address the growing burden of diabetes in our country,” Banshi Saboo, Diabetes India Chairman said at the four-day Diabetes India 2017 conference.

The conference that concluded on Sunday saw participation from more than 3,000 doctors and eminent national and international faculties.

Ashok Kumar Das, Professor at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences said that while the government has made pioneering efforts towards diabetes care in India, there is a need to further strengthen the programmes and their implementation in all states and union territories.

The conference’s key focus areas were prevention, detection, control and access for the right intervention.
69.1 million people in India affected with Type 2 diabetes alone and it is estimated that 1 million deaths per year in India are attributable to the Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, when left uncontrolled, can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney failure, amputation and premature death, say experts.

Earlier this month, the government had launched a mobile application called ‘mDiabetes’ to generate awareness and inculcate healthy habits among the people.

(With Inputs From IANS)

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