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Thursday , November 14 , 2013
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Diabetes rises 3-fold in 10yrs

Work-related stress, irregular lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are pushing diabetic cases in the steel city.

Speaking at a news meet on the eve of World Diabetes Day at Tata Main Hospital (TMH) on Wednesday, president of the newly launched TMH unit Diabetes Update as well as the head of medicine department B.S. Rao shared startling figures.

“Around 30 per cent of cases reported daily in OPDs in different hospitals, including TMH, are of diabetes. A decade ago, the figure was merely 10 per cent. What is more disturbing is that youngsters in the age group of 17-20 years are falling prey,” Rao said.

The senior doctor added while some of these youngsters were suffering from hereditary forms of the disease, a sizeable section comprised patients of regular diabetes, characterised by insulin deficiency and high levels of glucose in blood.

The second is known as Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.

“The incidence of Type 2 diabetes in youngsters may have to do with poor diet, including junk food, a hectic work culture and stress. People remain glued to Internet and television when free. Such a lifestyle leads to less sleep and lack of physical exercise,” Rao said, adding the in the last five years, the average age of persons suffering from Type 2 had dipped to less than 20 years.

Senior physician and secretary of Diabetes Update Satish K. Prasad was also present.

“In an age of cut-throat competition, people are stressed. They have given up cycling and walking. Ways to check diabetes are early diagnosis and corrective medical steps,” he said, adding denizens after the age of 20, should attend a diabetes screening once in every six months .

Diabetes Update, TMH, will host many events on Thursday. The day will begin with a morning walk from TMH to JRD Tata Sports Complex, led by ace archers Deepika Kumari and Jayanta Talukdar and Dronacharya awardee coach Purnima Mahato. This will be followed by a free health camp and diet advice session at TMH auditorium from 10am. A two-day diabetes meet from November 16 will also be held.

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