In Chandigarh, More Diabetics Among Poor Than Rich, Shows Study

Diabetes is being seen as a silent killer in Chandigarh. (Representational image)

Chandigarh: Chandigarh has highest incidence of diabetics and is more prevalent among the poor than the rich, shows a study.

Diabetes is being seen as a silent killer in the city after a study by Indian Council of Medical Research pointed out that 13.6 per cent of the city’s 1.1 million population being affected by the disease.

The study covered over 51 per cent of the country’s 1,250 million population.  In the 15 states where the study was carried, the average incidence of diabetes was found to be 7.3 per cent.

“In urban areas of more affluent states like Chandigarh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the diabetes incidence are more among people in the lower socio-economic status category than the rich,” Dr Anil Bhansali, a leading diabetologist and internationally-known for research on stem cell therapy for treatment of Type 2 diabetes, told IANS.

According to the study, the incidence of diabetes in Chandigarh among the urban poor is nearly 27 per cent and among the rich at nearly 13 per cent. In rural areas, however, richer people have more incidence of diabetes.

Explaining this phenomenon, Dr Bhansali, said that since the cost of living is quite high in the city, people from the lower socio-economic status are competing with the rich to match up to their standards of eating and lifestyle.

“In this struggle, the poor are eating inexpensive food, which is full of carbohydrates. This is leading to more diabetes incidence in lower socio-economic status,” he said.

He further told IANS that as awareness levels rise among the rich, they are able to afford gyms and healthy foods. With this, the incidence of diabetes also come down in their category.

(With inputs from IANS)