Arshit Pathak, a telecom consultant was diagnosed with Diabetes in his early 30s and ever since, he and his family has made lifestyle changes.
He and his wife alternate between an exercise regime of gym, yoga and jogging. He said, “Nowadays, youngsters go to gym only to look good not to feel good. They still don’t prioritize fitness for a healthy future.”
Dr Shaukat Sadikot, President of the International Diabetes Federation told NDTV, “It is imperative for the young India to be physically fit to ensure good health. They need to eat right and exercise.”
A study conducted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, revealed that 42.5 per cent of Delhi population suffer from Diabetes. The study has also found that if changes of lifestyle and food habits are not made, 125 million Indians are likely to become victims of diabetes by 2035.
“We are concerned by the lack of awareness among people. Therefore, we will conduct 85 blood sugar and counselling camps across Delhi over the next 100 days,” Secretary General, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Indi, DS Rawat said.
Senior diabetes consultant Dr Lalwani said that his youngest patient with diabetes is a 14-year-old boy and his high intake of aerated drinks is the major cause. This corroborates the key finding of the commerce body’s study- Diabetes can be found in people as young as 13.
According to World Health Organisation data, the number of diabetics in India is expected to reach 79.4 million by 2030.
According to a leading health journal Lancet, India is among the top three countries with a high number of diabetic population.
Dr Henk Bekedam, World Health Organisation, said that diabetes can affect anybody and a large number of patients with diabetes are unaware. Many don’t have access to treatment or aren’t screened for it.
Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that can be curbed at the initial level by introducing lifestyle changes. It can be controlled through medicines in early stages and administration of external insulin in advanced stages.