Indore: Diabetes; A ticking time bomb for Madhya Pradesh

Indore: Madhya Pradesh is sitting on diabetes time bomb with 21.5 per cent of people in urban areas are diagnosed pre-diabetic while 18.5 per cent in rural areas are on the edge of becoming diabetic. This was revealed by the recent study of Indian Council of Medical Research- India Diabetes (INDIAB).

The study disclosed that difference in pre-diabetic population from urban and rural areas is just 3 per cent and a large number of people in rural areas are on the verge of becoming diabetic.

Principal investigator of ICMR INDIAB study and chairman of Madras Diabetes Research Foundation Dr V Mohan said that diabetes is believed to be more prevalent in urban population due to sedentary life style. “But study reveals that it is taking toll on villagers as well.” The overall prevalence of pre-diabetic cases in the state is about 19.2 per cent.

The study also revealed that about 49.9 per cent people in urban areas and 69.1 per cent people in rural areas, who have been suffering from the disease, are unaware that they are diabetic. “They came to know during the study,” Dr V Mohan said. The prevalence of diabetes in urban areas is 12 per cent and it is 3 per cent in rural areas and the overall prevalence is 6 per cent.

The study also indicated that prevalence of hypertension in urban areas is 27.5 per cent while it is 20.1 per cent in rural areas. Principal investigator of study in Madhya Pradesh Dr Sunil M Jain said 19.1 per cent people in urban areas were unaware that they were suffering from hypertension. Same goes for 17.2 per cent among rural population.

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