Doctor’s Message

DR. ABDUL HAMID ZARGAR

“More than one-third of adult Kashmiri population has either diabetes or pre-diabetes”
“More than one-third of adult Kashmiri population has either diabetes or pre-diabetes”, Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar, Vice-President, Diabetes-India, said on the eve of World Diabetes Day, observed on 14th November globally. Most important predisposing factor for this high prevalence of abnormalities of blood sugar is obesity. An epidemic of obesity is taking place in most of the developed countries and is now becoming an issue of increasing significance in developing counties as well. Obesity, a global problem, is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings where it has started having epidemic proportions. In India, obesity is emerging as an important health problem, paradoxically co-existing with significant under nutrition prevailing in different sections of the population. There is growing evidence that at present, perhaps due to decreased physical activities, sedentary lifestyle, altered eating patterns, and increased fat content of the diet, children, adolescents and adults of affluent families are overweight as compared to their contemporaries in the past. This is leading to a concomitant epidemic of diabetes. This time India alone has more than 5 crore diabetics and if no preventive measures are taken then number of diabetics by 2025 would exceed 9 crore in India alone. Diabetes and its attendant complications are a major threat to the health services resources of many developing countries. It’s social and economic cost now and in the future will be overwhelming to the progress and development of many communities. Given the massive magnitude of this disease the universal screening for diabetes, a unique initiative by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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