Urban India has recorded a 600 per cent increase in diabetes cases since 1972, reports Dinesh C Sharma in Mail Today
City life seems to have added to India’s diabetes epidemic and since the Seventies there has been a rise of over 600 per cent in the prevalence of the disease in urban India, the largest ever survey of diabetes in the country has shown.
A nationwide diabetes study, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has revealed that the prevalence of diabetes in urban India is an estimated 14.6 per cent of the urban population, a rise of more than 600 per cent since the last such study in 1972.
According to the 1971 census figures, 19.91 per cent people (107 million) people lived in urban areas. This number grew to 286 million or 27.8 per cent of the total population in 2001. In this population, the prevalence of diabetes is now estimated to be 14.6 per cent.