Kolkata, Nov 14 : A diabetes awareness campaign organized in Kolkata on the occasion of World Diabetes Day drew a large number of diabetic patients on Friday.
Doctors are providing free consultation and check up to people at the three-day camp that started on November 13.
"The incidence of diabetes is increasing by leaps and bounds. As you know, India is a global capital of diabetes in the world. Estimates are that by 2025, we will have 57 million people with diabetes in India. Right now, the current figure is about 30 million in 2008. Diabetes is increasing at a very rapid pace in India. This is because of a lot of reasons. One is becausendians are genetically very prone to diabetes," said Dr. Sujoy Roy Choudhury, Ruby General Hospital, Kolkata.
Patients in large numbers queued up at a clinic to seek medical aid and advice.
"I go for morning walk every day. I also do some exercise. I also keep a check on my diet," said Smita Sen, a diabetic.
India is the world capital of diabetics. Over 25 million persons are currently afflicted with this silent killer in the country. According to a recent study, by 2025, India is expected to have 57 million diabetes patients. What is even more alarming is that the victims of this fatal disease would mainly be in the age group of 20-50.
Besides Indians being genetically prone to this disease, the erratic work schedules, high stress levels, poor food habits and lack of exercise amongst the young generation makes them susceptible to diabetes. The problem is compounded by the fact that there is extreme shortage of awareness among common people regarding the 'sugar' problem.
While three per cent of the total rural population in India is being diagnosed with diabetes, urban diabetic patients are estimated to account for nearly ten per cent to eleven per cent of the total afflicted in India. Ten per cent of the affluent class and nearly 33 per cent of the lower levels of population are beset with this problem.