Gujarat is India's diabesity capital: National Health Survey

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Ahmedabad, Jul 10 (UNI) Gujarat is India's Diabesity (combination of the terms Diabetes and Obesity) capital with the highest 20 per cent women and 15.4 per cent men suffering from it, compared to the national ratio of 16 and 12.1 respectively, according to the National Family Health Survey.

Disclosing this to mediapersons here today, Dr Ramesh Goyal of the Apollo Hospital said, ''With the present trend of high diabesity in India, the country would top the world list of diabetic patients by the year 2030 with 74.1 million population suffering from it.'' At present India has 31.7 million people suffering from diabetes, the study conducted among the age group of 15-49 years revealed.

Dr Goyal said the high diabesity ratio in India was rising at an alarming rate due to genetic as well as lifestyle changes. People who are medically obese are usually affected by behavioural, genetic and environmental factors.

In a bid to control this trend of high diabesity and spread awareness to control it, the Apollo Hospital in association with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) has organised a day-long conference 'New World Disorder, Diabesity' on July 12, Apollo Hospital CEO Praful Pawar informed.

The diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity are replacing communicable diseases at an alarming rate causing unprecedented mortality and morbidity, Dr Pawar added.

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