Diabetes cases to rise in India

Diabetes cases to rise in India
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Highest number of diabetics in India by 2030. Report suggests India would have 80 million diabetics by 2030, which would be the highest in the world It is estimated that number of diabetes patients in India would rise to 80 million by 2030, highest in the world.

Report suggests India would have 80 million diabetics by 2030, which would be the highest in the world It is estimated that number of diabetes patients in India would rise to 80 million by 2030, highest in the world. This was mentioned in a report published by Public Health Foundation of India.

“An estimated 60 million people in India have diabetes, and a six million of them suffer from sight-threatening retinopathy which is a fall-out of the disease,” it said.
“Worldwide, diabetes affects 170 million people; the number is expected to rise to 366 million by 2030. About 1.85 million people have suffered blindness due to Diabetic Retinopathy (DR),” according to the report.
“One out of five people suffered from diabetes,” said Dr GVS Murthy, director, Indian Institute of Public Health. He explained that early detection and management are key to control sight loss due to DR.
Speaking to reporters at a two-day workshop, Murthy said not much attention is given to impact of diabetes on the patient's vision.
“Less than a third of diabetes physicians have a simple vision-checking chart in their clinics,” the study found out.
“The study revealed that people have very little awareness about diabetes and importance of regular eye-tests,” he said.
In fact, half of the respondents didn't know they had diabetes until they visited an eye clinic for vision issues. Over half the patients visiting ophthalmologists are found to have been suffering from diabetes for over 10 years, with 15 per cent living with the condition for over 20 years and, therefore, putting themselves at a high risk of sight loss.
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