Bangalore, Nov 28 (UNI) The lifestyle disease diabetes is assuming pandemic propositions in India with the number of specialists to treat the disorder being woefully less, Dr S M Sadikot, President, Diabeter India said here today.
Speaking to newspersons here last night, after announcing that Bangalore will host the three-day third Diabetes India international Conference from December 5 2009, Dr Sadikot said about 40 million people in the country suffered from diabetes and related disorders.
The number is increasing every year, he added.
Stating that only about 22,000 trained specialists were available in the country to treat the 'lifestyle disease', he said the situation in rural areas was even more dismal.
He said in India, diabetes and related disorders is the second most reason for amputation after road accidents.
The situation has thrown up a huge demand for diabetes specialists, he said.
Dr Sadikot said the international conference will serve as a unique platform to discuss new innovations, technologies and treatments for diabetes.
''One-thousand-two-hundred delegates from various parts of the world are slated to attend to conference'', he said, adding they would include Sir K G M M Albert, Paul Zimmet Marja-Ritta Taskinen, Pierre Lefebvre Ed Horton, Jean-Claude Mbanya Clive Cockram and others.
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