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Diabetes alert in steel city

Did you know that diabetes is on the rise in Jamshedpur with approximately 40-50 new cases being diagnosed daily?

The fact came to light during a meet on the disease organised by Jharkhand Diabetes Forum at a city hotel on Sunday. The daylong seminar was divided into three scientific sessions. About 80 doctors and experts participated in the event.

Doctors attending the seminar revealed that over one million people from Jharkhand are suffering from the disease and 1.5 million show signs of pre-diabetic disorder.

Secretary of the forum A. K. Paul said that prevalence of diabetes is higher in urban areas compared to rural regions. “Unfortunately, more and more youngsters are being diagnosed with the disease because of their unhealthy lifestyle,” he said.

Paul added that doctors and health forums should create awareness among masses to check the spread of the ailment. “Youngsters should take care of their health, before it is too late,” he said.

Varanasi-based doctor K. K. Tripathy said that besides heredity, there are three reasons that might cause diabetes — regular consumption of junk food, lack of awareness about the disease and a stress.

Doctor Praveen Shankar from Ranchi elaborated on the various types of diabetes and the use of insulin, the safest medication for the ailment.

“There are two types of diabetes. Type I is purely genetic and is found since childhood. People suffering from this type comprise less than 10 per cent of all diabetes cases. However, in Type II, constituting 80-90 per cent of diabetic cases, factors like stress play a predominant role. In Jamshedpur, Type II diabetes is rising rapidly among people ged between 18 and 30,” he added.

Chairman of forum and city-based doctor R.K. Mishra spoke how diabetes affects the body. “It leaves almost no area of human body unaffected. Eventually, a diabetic may suffer from gangrene, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke,” he said.

Heart specialist Anil Virmani said those with family history of the disease should focus on diet and exercise.