India, one among hotbed developing countries for diabetes

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Bangalore, Nov 13 (UNI) India is considered a 'hotbed' of one among the developing countries that constituted alarmingly growing number of diabetic patients due to change in lifestyle.

Over 41 million Indians constituting eight per cent of the total population were affected by the disease and the number was expected to double in next 22 years. The main problem with regard to tackling the disease effectively in India was under diagnosis and under treatment, according to Novo Nordisk India Managing Director Melvin Oscar D'Souza.

Giving statistics on the eve of the 'World Diabetes Day' here he said in one generation the prevalence of diabetes had increased six folds worldwide. Estimates showed that there would be some 246 million people with diabetes in 2007. Diabetes was expected to affect 380 million by 2025. Over 50 per cent of adults over age 35 years living in indigenous communities worldwide had diabetes. More than 80 per cent of all cases of diabetes were expected to occur in low and middle income countries, he explained.

He also unveiled a state-of-the-art Control Mobile Clinic in India launched by Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care.

Explaining the objectives of the clinic he said the van would deliver high standards in diabetes detection and treatment facilities.

The clinic is also equipped with blood glucose monitoring systems, weight check and body mass index platforms and a computerised data management center to provide a treatment score card for patients as determined by attending doctors. It would initially cover a radius of 150 kilometers in a three month pilot project. The effort would be scaled up in the next phase beginning March 2008 to extend the reach of the clinic across the state. In Phase three, the clinic would be introduced to cover the regions in and around New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.


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