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Fifty seven mln Indians may be diabetics by 2025 - report

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) About 57 million Indians might become victim of diabetes by 2025 if their current lifestyle and food habits do not change for better and balanced diet, an Assocham report has forecast.

In a paper brought out by Assocham Health Committee on Epidemic of New Millennium 'Diabetes' under the guidance of Head of Department, Nephrology, AIIMS, Proffessor S C Tiwari says presently 25 million Indians suffer from diabetes, the number of which was 19 million in 1995.

According to the report, out of India's current population of over one billion, the magnitude of diabetes is currently spread at 3 per cent in its rural population.

However, in the urban population the number of patients that currently suffer from diabetes are estimated at 10-11 per cent of the total diabetics patients of 25 million.

The menace of diabetics is presently confined among 10 per cent at the higher level while in the lower social class, it is estimated at 33 per cent.

The number of Non-insulin Dependant Diabetics Mellitus (NIDDM) in India is estimated at 98 per cent, according to Assocham Health Committee which is headed by Chairman, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr B K Rao.

Commenting on the diabetics domestic scenario, the paper says that 11.6 per cent of Delhi population suffer from this disease which in case of Mumbai is estimated at 9.3 per cent of its total population. Over 12 per cent of Bangalore population is diabetic, while in Chennai its percentage estimated is at 13.5 per cent.

In Hyderabad and Kolkata, the number of diabetic patients is estimated at 16.6 per cent and 11.7 per cent of their total population, said the chamber President Anil K Agarwal.

The report also estimates that by 2025, the number of people with diabetes is expected to increase in developed countries by 41 per cent from 51 million now to 72 million and by 170 per cent in developing countries, that is from 84 to 228 million.

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