Diabetes, hypertension rising alarmingly

Diabetes, hypertension rising alarmingly
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People living in major cities of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have big reason to worry as the number of cases of twin ailments, diabetes and hypertension, is growing up in an alarming way.

A study conducted on 1,900 patients in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada reveals startling facts about the ailments

Hyderabad: People living in major cities of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have big reason to worry as the number of cases of twin ailments, diabetes and hypertension, is growing up in an alarming way.

A study on diabetes and hypertension conducted on 1,900 patients in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada has revealed startling facts about the ailments. Dubbed as Sanofi SITE (Screening India's Twin Epidemic) study, the results indicate that diabetes and hypertension are fast becoming a huge menace in both the States.

“Among those surveyed, 24 per cent were found suffering from both these ailments. Even among the diabetics who are under treatment, 74 per cent have uncontrolled diabetes. There is a need for regular testing and spreading awareness on treatment,” says Dr. Sunil, consultant endocrinologist, Continental Hospital, who is the State coordinator for the nationwide Sanofi SITE study.

Among those who were surveyed, 43 per cent of diabetes and 34 per cent of hypertension patients have a positive family history. This apart, 35 per cent of diabetics have kidney ailments. 63 per cent of the surveyed suffer from diabetes, hypertension or both, Dr Sunil said quoting Sanofi SITE study.

He further said in nine per cent of the newly diagnosed cases, patients did not know that they had diabetes. “Among hypertensive patients, 83 per cent do not have their condition under control. The data further reveals that 26 per cent of the hypertension patients suffer from kidney complications.”

Hence he emphasised that a massive awareness campaign be launched on the occasion of World Diabetes Day. The primary global awareness campaign for diabetes mellitus is held on November 14 every year. It was introduced in 1991 by the IDF and the WHO. World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. The day itself marks the birth day of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

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