24 November, 2020

Life In A Sugar Cube

Urbanisation or genes, the patients are on the rise, so is the quest for a cure

Narendra Bisht
Life In A Sugar Cube
Bitter Pill
  • With 35 million diabetics, India is the world's diabetics capital
  • 19% of the world's diabetic population lives in India
  • Incidence is rising sharply, and is projected to touch 80 million by 2030
  • Kerala and Andhra Pradesh are among the states with the highest number of cases
  • Nearly 66% of Indian diabetics remain unaware of their diabetic status; this allows long-term complications to develop untreated
  • A full and healthy life is possible with diabetes
Modernisation, prosperity and urbanisation are the three words high on India's wishlist, but on November 14, World Diabetes Day, there will be 35 million people in the country to whom those words will smart like the prick of a needle. Diabetes, particularly Type 2, is the outcome of modernisation, prosperity and urban life, and not necessarily all three together: its rising incidence has been recorded in urban slums, factory towns and of course, uptown neighbourhoods. But of course, it cannot entirely be...


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