Diabetics in India up 100% to 63 million

MERAfactDiabetesPeople with diabetes in India doubled to 63 million in 2013, and according to the World Health Organization it is projected to increase to 101.2 million.

This news raises an alarm to treat and contain the condition and health agencies worldwide are concerned, as the disease is linked to ailments from strokes to cardiovascular disease with implications in terms of a disability adjusted life.

Though mortality from diabetes is relatively low compared to cancer and cardiac disorders, the disease imposes costs in the form of medication and productivity of individuals particularly in the later years. Also, diabetes often also creates trouble in the treatment of various other diseases. The annual spend on diabetes treatment in India is Rs.1.5 lakh crore.

The government has initiated multi sectoral approaches to tackle the rising burden of non-communicable diseases with a special focus on diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. WHO has also recommended the government regulate the marketing of food to children and insist on accurate food labeling to help consumers make decisions to help them avoid diabetes.

In India some 75,900 males and 51,700 females in the 30-69 age group died due to diabetes in 2015.